There’s no better way to show your sugary sweet love with a sugary sweet valentine cookie. Happy Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day! Share these with the ones you love (or if you’re celebrating the latter, break them in half and serve them with a hint of snark).
I used my basic go-to rolled sugar cookie recipe from allrecipes.com and halved it. I don’t need 60 of these sitting around my apartment.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Roll dough flat between plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before icing.
I don’t have a legitimate recipe for the icing. I wanted a lovely pink hue for these hearts, so I took about 2 cups of powdered sugar, about 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, about 1 tbsp blood orange soda and 2 drops of red food coloring. Play around with the amounts until you get the consistency you want. I like my icing just watery enough so it’s easy to spread on a cookie, but not so runny it won’t stay put.