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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine's Sugar Cookies, HeartSweets

A lot of what makes a Home Sweet Home is the positive energy within its walls. And when it comes to showing our love for people, we have a natural urge to feed them.

Valentine's Day is the holiday of love and there are many ways in which to express that emotion. The history behind the Legend, Love and Lore is both romantic and fascinating. Hearts, Cupid, Chocolate, Cards, Flowers and jewelry are all symbols to say "I love you" to that special someone. Baking is another sure way to bring someone back to the comfort of their childhood kitchen memories of love and security.

This recipe for Valentine's Sugar Cookies can be made anytime, using any shape cookie cutter. Their touch of almond and vanilla extracts set them a bit apart from the usual sugar cookie at Christmas.

from Taste of Home magazine
donated by Rene Schwebach

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
red sprinkle sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
Add the egg and the extracts.
Stir in the flour and mix well.
Cover the bowl and chill for several hours.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.
I find it easier to pull off chunks of dough at a time rather than attempt to roll out the entire ball.
Use a heart shaped cookie cutter (2 1/2 or 3 inch heart works well)
 Cut out cookies and place 12 at a time on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with the red sugar sprinkles.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 9 - 10 minutes.
They will brown lightly around the edges.
Let cool a few minutes till hold their shape and remove to a cookie rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen

Unbaked cookies
Baked cookies

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