Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sugar Cookies in Painted Heart

Classes are ending for the semester and we're celebrating with a potluck on Friday. This is the perfect time to use my new heart shaped cookie cutter.

I used a recipe from Martha Stewart which can be found here.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons brandy, or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Directions:
    1. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, brandy, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
    2. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
    4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

 I decided to "paint" them before I baked them, because I ran out of icing sugar in honour of our art class. I took an egg white and mixed it with 1/4 tsp of water. Then I separated it into three bowls added some food colouring. I used a paintbrush and painted on my heart shapes. After they were all painted up nicely I baked them as directed at the end of step 4.

I can't wait to party with my new friends on Friday! In the meantime, my husband will love these in his lunch to work.

Happy Baking,

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  1. What a great idea! I have to make some hedgehog cookies and I think this technique will work brilliantly to decorate them. Your hearts just look beautiful stacked on a plate!
    - Hope

  2. Those are cute!! I think my kids would love to do this!


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