Valentine Cookies in Less than an Hour
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in extracts and in large bowl.
In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. With CONTROLED stirring motions, have your children stir the heck out of the dough. Give them a workout! When it gets too stiff, knead through the dough through with wet, SUPER-CLEAN fingers; HOWEVER, after kneading with water, I still recommend to keep a dusting of flour so as to obtain the “plump-effect” (the dough bouncing back as a sign that it is ready to cut with the cookie cutters).
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
Vanilla Icing = Candiquik + Candy Melts or whatever OIL BASED food coloring you find.
I recommend purchasing Candy Melts to mix with the Candiquik. If you cannot find something comparable to Candy Melts buy an OIL BASED food coloring.
Follow the directions (back of the packaging) for melting the Candy Melts. We used the microwave. Mix the melted Candy Melts with the Candiquick. We used as many red
Candy Melts as necessary to gain the pink color we desired. Of course, use MANY red Candy Melts if you want red hearts.
In closing, I have to say that this is the most DELICIOUS Sugar Cookie recipe I have ever used. I also had a “Celebrity Endorsement” from… MY MOTHER! LOL She is a 40 year veteran of Food Services, and she has “professional experience”. Thanks, Mamaw!
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