Sugar Cookies: Valentine’s Heart Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

This is an exciting time for me: last Sunday was the Superbowl and next Sunday is Valentine’s Day! Every “holiday” poses an opportunity for themed food. This week that means cooking with hearts, and red and pink!

To start, try these simple sandwich cookies. I used a simple homemade sugar cookie recipe. The dough is very easy to work with and to roll out. You could also use pre-made dough you purchased. I made these very large but if you have a small heart cookie cutter you could make them small as well. When you roll out the dough, cut into circles that are larger than the heart cookie cutter you plan to use. I find that it works best to transport all of the circles to the cookie sheet and then cut a heart out of the center of half, to prevent the circles with the heart cut-outs from breaking or losing their shape while moving.

Bake according to recipe or package instructions and then let cool completely. Frost the full circles with a thin layer of buttercream frosting. and then spread a spoonful of strawberry or raspberry jam in the center of the frosting. The amount of jam necessary will depend on the size of the cookies, just be sure you cover the entire area that will be exposed through the heart cut-out on the top cookie. Then place a cookie with a cut-out on top and press down gently.

The “Easy Roll Sugar Cookie” recipe I used:

1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. milk

Cream butter. Add sugar gradually, then beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Blend in sifted dry ingredients and milk. Chill ~ 1 hour. Roll dough 1/4″ thick on floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.

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