Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and I love to give hand-made items to loved ones as a special treat. And if you put all of your love into it, they’ll taste better 🙂
Painted Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies
*Classic sugar cookie recipe adapted from Canadian Living
3/4 cup butter, room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
heart-shaped cookie cutters
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp almond extract
3-4 Tblsp water
red gel food colouring (colours of choice, I love red for Valentine’s!)
- In a large bowl, or stand-mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and well combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a 1/3 at a time. At this point the mixture will start to form a dough.
- Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a thick disc and wrap well with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for an hour, or also overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375F/180C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Take one of the discs out of the fridge and let stand for 15mins until the dough has softened and is easier to roll. Roll the dough out to a large circle or rectangle, about 1/8″ in thickness. Take your heart cookie cutter and start cutting out your hearts! Place each cut-out onto the parchment paper.
- Bake the cookies for about 6mins until just starting to golden. Allow to cool.
- Sift the confectioner’s sugar into a medium bowl. Add the almond extract and water until you get a runny frosting. You can add more water to get a runnier consistency if need be.
- Dip the top of each cookie in the frosting and set back onto the parchment paper, or drying wrack to dry for several hours.
- Once the frosting has dried thoroughly. You can get painting!
- Add a tiny amount (about 1/8 tsp) of red gel food colouring into separate bowls. Add a touch of water (about 1/8 tsp) to moisten. Swirl your paintbrush in the colour and paint designs right onto the frosted cookies!
Makes about 50 cookies.