Okay, so even though me and my boyfriend don't really celebrate Valentines day, I am making this an excuse to make cute treats.
As if I really needed an excuse...
I went on a late night Amazon shopping spree. And whenever I go onto Amazon late at night, you can bet that I will end up with something that I won't use or pleasantly surprised by my late night genius a couple of days later.
I can tell you now that this time, I was in the plesantly surprised category.
I ended up with heart shaped cookie cutters (because, the cuteness), a fine mesh strainer (now I can finally rinse my quinoa. Yeah, I wasn't doing that...) and some edible colored markers.
Okay, so I know I may not use these edible markers too much, but look at how cute they look on the sugar cookie above! Forget those chalky conversation hearts. I can write whatever I want on these cookies!
These cookies are so shareable, you don't need to be in a relationship to enjoy these. If you aren't spending Valentine's day with a partner, then share some cookies with your colleagues! Share them with your neighbors! Or keep them for yourselves. Because I think that above all, it is always important to love yourself.
And the first step to loving yourself is by baking yourself some loving cookies.
Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies
What you'll need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 oz butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
+ jujube hearts
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and the baking powder. Set aside. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
- Cookies: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add in the whipping cream, egg and vanilla extract. If the mixture is crumbly, keep mixing or add more whipping cream. My mixture was super crumbly, but it eventually came together with time.
- Knead the dough into a ball. Place one sheet of wax paper on your table and place the dough ball on top. Place another piece of wax paper on top. (The wax paper is to create a smoother sugar cookie). Roll the dough out using a rolling pin until desired thickness.
- Cut the dough using cookie cutters, and place on the prepared baking sheets.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. While the oven is preheating, place the baking sheets in the freezer to chill. This is so the cookies will keep their shape better.
- When the oven is preheated, place the baking sheets in the oven, and bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Icing: In a medium bowl, cream together the icing ingredients until fully combined. Frost on cooled cookies. Add some jujube hearts or other candies for decoration.