Treat your loved one to these Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies.
Valentine’s day is a special day to me. It was my mother’s birthday. This will be the first year when I won’t be able to help her celebrate it since she passed away a few months ago. My dad used to really spoil her and heart shaped anything was at the top of his list. These Valentine’s day heart shaped sugar cookies are the perfect way to treat your special love on this special day.
These Heart shaped sugar cookies have two colors of dough and are easy to make. Just use a smaller cookie cutter and switch the middle of one to the outside of the other and then bake. I love the pastel tone that the alternating dough takes on. They look lovely and light and have a melt in your mouth taste.
When preparing the dough, use red food coloring to color half of the dough. Make as many as you wish and refrigerate the dough to use later. The dough keeps well for about a week if wrapped in plastic wrap and you can freeze it for about 3 months. Perfect for when you want just a few special cookies. (Like tonight for my honey and me as a sweet treat after our dinner of cilantro lime grilled shrimp kebabs and rice!)f
The taste is delicate and light, like any good sugar cookie is. The cookies are the perfect treat to take to your child’s school party, or for a holiday cookie swap. And, of course, the way to treat your loved one to show you care.
Looking for another Valentine’s day sweet treat? Try these Brazilian white chocolate truffles with heart shaped sprinkles. They are to die for! And if you are looking for a last minute Valentine’s day idea, check out these Valentine Cupcake decorations.
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg (I use free range eggs)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ - ½ tsp red food color
- Sugar, to sprinkle
- In a bowl of your stand mixer, beat the sugar with the butter, milk, vanilla extract and egg on medium speed until the mixture is well blended. Be sure to scrape the bowl occasionally.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
- Reduce the speed to low and mix in the flour mixture until well mixed, scraping the bowl occasionally.
- Divide the dough in half. Take one half of dough and knead in red food color until the desired pink color is achieved. Cover the doughs with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour for easier handling.
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Work with ⅓ of white dough at a time; keep remaining dough refrigerated. On lightly floured work surface, roll out white dough with rolling pin to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2½-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter; place 1 inch apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat with ⅓ of pink dough, keeping remaining pink dough refrigerated.
- Using a floured 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut center from each pink and white cookie. Remove the centers of the cookies; replace each center of cookie with cut out of the opposite colored dough. Sprinkle the cookies with sugar.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 5 -9 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown. Cool for 1 minute; then remove from cookie sheets.
- **For a special touch, use purchased decorating icing to pipe the initials or name of your valentine sweetheart on individual cookies.