Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fluttering Hearts Cookies-Valentines Day

We are barely into the new year yet, how is everybody settling into the year so far?

Now is the time to look forward to the next holiday, which is Valentines Day. On this day, we celebrate love of all kinds: Young love, mature love, love for your family or for your children. Or maybe we just need an excuse to celebrate because we don't want to wait eleven months before the most wonderful time of the year comes rolling around again.

A Valentine's day celebration doesn't have to be expensive or involve fine dinning. How about taking a little time to create some beautiful cookies for your loved ones? The extra effort shows that you care.

These cookies are so pretty, they will send hearts fluttering everywhere.

Here we go:

Fluttering Hearts Cookies

1 stick of unsalted butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of Salt
1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup milk power
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp corn flour
Red food coloring
Half a bag of semi sweet chocolate chip (For decorating)

For the Royal Icing:
2 and 1/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp lemon juice

Cream unsalted butter, icing sugar, egg yolk, vanilla essence and pinch of salt together. Cream until the butter is fluffy and has changed to a pale off white color. On a Kitchenaid stand mixer, this takes about 2 to 3 mins.

Next, add the sifted all purpose flour, milk powder, and corn flour to the creamed butter. Gently stir to combine.

Divide the dough into two portions. Leave one portion alone and add red food coloring to the other portion. Knead the coloring into the dough slowly. Even though it may seem that the color is splotchy, if you continue kneading, the color will distribute itself uniformly throughout the dough. (Have faith!)

Lightly flour the working surface, and roll the dough out and use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut out the dough. On baking sheet lined with parchment paper, put the cut out cookie dough on the sheet. Freeze for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 F, put the cookies directly from the freezer to the oven. Make for 10-12 mins until the edges have turned golden brown.

When the cookies have cooled down, decorate them with royal icing or with chocolate.

The cookie cutter with stamp for these cookies can be found here:

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week ahead.

1 comment:

  1. Aww.. these are so sweet! Thanks for visiting my bog.


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