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Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

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Delicious and simple cookies, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

It seems like the world is split in two when it comes to Valentine’s day, those who celebrate it and those that don’t. It’s fair to say most single people don’t, but why let all the couples have all the fun. If it’s just you on V-day you can stock up on chocolate and wine and you don’t have to share, I like the sound of that. Or why not bake something pretty for yourself, you deserve it after all! If you’re all loved up (like lucky me) then try baking something fun and simple for your partner like these sugar cookies.

These cookies are nothing special, they won’t make you swoon, your heart flutter or your foot pop, but they are easy to make and fun to decorate. This recipe is originally from one of my favourite baking blogs, Bake at 350 and the best thing about it is there’s no chilling time so it’s all go from start to finish.

Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
3 cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup sugar
225g Butter, cold & cut into chunks
1 Egg, room temperature
3/4 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp almond essence

    • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
    • Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside.
    • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Add the egg and the essences until mix until combined.
    • Gradually add the flour and beat until just combined, don’t forget to scrape the sides of the bowl as you go!
    • Now the mixture should look like a pile of crumbs, scoop out handfuls and knead together in small amounts before kneading the whole lot together.
    • Take half of the mixture and roll it out on a floured surface to your desired thickness, I went for 1/8” using my Wilton rolling pin guides.
    • Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of rolled cookie dough and transfer them to the baking tray.
    • Once you have a full tray, place the tray in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, this is the trick to making sure your cookies keep their shape.
    • Bake cookies for 10 – 12 minutes, keeping an eye on them around the 10 minute mark so they don’t brown too much.
    • While this batch is baking, repeat the last few steps, roll out the cookie dough, cut out hearts and freeze them.
    • Once cookies are baked let them sit on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
    • If you decide to decorate your cookies remember they need to be completely cooled before icing.

Recipe Notes:
I got three batches out of these which made approximately 50 x 6cm cookies (that’s a lot of Valentine’s love right there!)
I used the cute Fondant & Letter Impress Set to stamp the words into the cookies, it’s great because you can cover the cookies in fondant and stamp those too!

I decided to decorate my cookies to look like conversation hearts, if you would like to learn how to decorate your cookies like this keep an eye out on Lydia Bakes for the tutorial later in the week.

So are you one of those celebrating Valentine’s this year? Or are you flying solo? I’d love to hear what plans you have (I need to get some ideas). Hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s day, whoever you spend it with. x

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