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Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

You’ll fall in love with these Valentine’s sugar cookies. This is a soft and delicately sweet sugar cookie recipe that produces beautifully tender, buttery cookies you can decorate however you want, whether it’s frosting, sugar, sprinkles, or just leave them plain

If you’re baking this Valentine’s Day, then we recommend looking at our chocolate-covered peanut butter hearts. For a fresh twist on sugar cookies, try our lemon sugar cookies – they are light and airy with a zip of lemon.

Ingredients :

Cookies

2 cups cake flour
½ cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
½ cup salted butter, softened
¼ cup butter flavored shortening, softened
1 whole egg
1 egg white
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
⅓ cup sugar, for dusting the top of the cookies after they bake

Frosting

16 ounces white frosting, vanilla will be a cream color, so be sure to use white if you want a pure white frosting
16 ounces pink frosting (strawberry)
sprinkles and nonpareils

Instructions

Cookies

In a large mixing bowl, add the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Whisk together then set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, butter, and shortening. Use a hand mixer to beat together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and the whole egg. Beat together until combined. Add egg white and continue beating until well combined. Turn off the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
Turn the hand mixer on low and gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until no flour pockets remain. Cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough out on a flat surface to about ½ inch thick. Cut out desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place 6 cookies on one baking sheet, and 6 on another.
Place one cookie sheet in the oven at a time and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. You want the edges to be firm without turning brown. Let the cookies cool for 2 to 3 minutes on the baking sheet. Place the other baking sheet in the oven and cook.

Frosting

Remove lid and foil wrapper from the tub of frosting. Transfer to a microwave-safe container, if desired.
Heat frosting for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir. Heat for an additional 15 seconds at a time JUST until frosting is pourable. Do not overheat as the frosting will separate and become unusable. You just want it warm enough that a drizzle smooths back into a flat surface.
Pour a ¾ to 1-inch thick layer of frosting into a shallow bowl. Holding on to the sides of the cookie, dip the top face of the cookie straight down into the liquid frosting, being sure to coat the entire top of the cookie. Lift the cookie back up, allowing excess frosting to drip off, and then flip the cookie face up and place it on a sheet of parchment paper.
Top with sprinkles and leave to dry.
Continue dipping remaining cookies, reheating/adding frosting as needed to ensure smooth dipping.
Allow the cookies to dry for about 1 hour before stacking.

Enjoy!