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Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Day Strawberry Heart Cookies

I've been looking for some Valentine's Day recipes this year. There's lots of super fancy stuff out there and some really cheesy stuff too. (Cheesy not in terms of ingredients, either.)

I finally decided to try a couple ideas I'd had kicking around in the back of my mind. Both are pretty simple. The first is a simple strawberry flavored Spritz cookie shaped like little pink hearts. These can be dressed up however you like. I decided to keep them pretty simple with just some coarse sugar sprinkled on them. However, if you're in a more creative mood you can decorate them with other types of sprinkles or even write on them in Royal Icing like those little candy hearts we all traded as kids.

Regardless of what you decide to do, these are a quick little Valentine's Day treat and a bag of these tasty little cookies makes a great adult gift for your favorite Valentine.

Recipe: Strawberry Heart Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. strawberry flavoring
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5-8 drops of red food coloring (or enough to create a nice pink color)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and strawberry flavoring and mix well. Gradually add flour and salt to mixture. Mix just until combined.
  3. Place in a cookie press fitted with a heart shaped attachment. Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sugar (if desired.) Bake for 12-15 minutes or just until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
Cook time: 15 min
Number of servings (yield): 12
Meal type: snack
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Copyright © Buck Bannister and Sugar Pies.
Recipe by Buck Bannister.


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