My project last weekend was to make Valentine’s Day sugar cookies. I did the cookie dough on Saturday night, put it in the fridge to cool overnight, then took it out in the morning to soften it up before rolling and cutting the heart shaped cookies.
I got a little frustrated during the frosting process because I didn’t have a red food coloring to make a red colored frosting. My husband told me you can’t create a primary color. Well, stubborn me wouldn’t give up. I just had to try to make something close to red. I was able to create a very pale red color with the help of orange, pink and purple food coloring mixed in with the frosting. It was a lot of mixing and eyeballing the mixture and in the end I was to come up with something close to red .
The sugar cookies recipe is from the Christmas sugar cookies. The only difference is the heart-shaped cookie cutter, and the colored frosting stuck with red. white and blue color scheme.
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
heart cookie cutter (visit $ Store to get them, 1 pack with 8 different kinds for $1)
ROYAL ICING and Decorations ingredients:
2 egg whites
4 cups confectionary sugar
2 tsp cream of tartar
Food Coloring (red, white blue)
Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Mix until smooth and well combined.
Form dough into a ball and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
After the refrigeration processâ€¦â€¦â€¦
Preheat the oven 375F degrees. Divide the dough into parts. Roll out one ball at a time with a floured rolling pin, 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Flour the cookie cutter and cut out in heart shapes. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 7 to 10 minutes. Cool the cookies in a rack before decorating.
FOR THE ROYAL ICING:
Beat the egg whites lightly, add the confectionary sugar and cream of tartar. The latter will make the icing hard so it gives that crunchy glaze on the surface. Mix everything together in spreadable consistency.
Use different colors to add to the icing, place in different bowls, prepare the sprinkles, and anything else you want to decorate your sugar cookies.
For the words, I put some icing in one of my Pampered Chef decorator bottle with the writing tip. They weren’t too fancy but they’ll do