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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Hearts




My heart is happy. . .because these cookies are finished. Tell me, why do I procrastinate again?

You, too, can make these Happy Hearts, a recipe I've been using to great acclaim for years, courtesy of Ann. They are the easiest cutout cookies ever. Ever. Whip yourself up a batch today.

Ann's Famous Cutout Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour

Beat butter and sugar together--1 min. Drop in egg and add vanilla. Beat. Stir in flour.

Wrap in plastic and chill overnight.*

*Please note, because never in my life have I planned far enough ahead to have my cookie dough chilling overnight, I actually divide the dough into two balls, flatten them and then wrap them in plastic. These smaller amounts chill really quickly. I usually chill them about an hour and out they come, no problem.

Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake at 325 degrees until the tops look dry (I hate overcooked cookies, so I try to get them out before they start browning).

Icing
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbl. milk (I typically need a tad more)

These cookies are so easy, you can make them with your kids for a fun Valentine treat. Or you can go skiing all day and then have to make the cookies at night at the last minute for the Valentine parties which are on the horizon.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, I am trying out the cookies right now! They are chilling and I shall try and make them in an hour!

1dreamr said...

Mmmm, they look great! I should make them for my mom's AL Valentine's Day Dance tomorrow afternoon (isn't that funny -- we make stuff to take for our kids' parties, then twenty years later, we're doing the same for our parents!)...

Jane Copes (Professor Sepoc) said...

Thanks for the recipe. Except for the egg, it's almost shortbread. I do like dough that you can handle and that doesn't stick to everything. Hope you had a sweet day (haruummppph). Jane