Sunday, March 8, 2009

swirled heart sugar cookies

yes, i know it's march. i also know i already posted 4 things related to valentine's day...a holiday i don't necessarily support for the reasons lots of other people do. i only like it because there's pink stuff and food, often sweets or chocolate. or maybe that's why everyone likes it...

either way, this is the last post about the day of love, i promise.


i made these cookies for my cheer team during our last set of home games, which fell on valentine's day weekend. i had big plans for them...but that all went to hell in a hand basket when husband and i cooked all day on the 14th. i baked these cookies between appetizers and the main course, then frosted them at midnight after making and eating fig bundles. my hand was tired, my head was tired, but i guess my previous attempts at late night decorating didn't keep me from doing this anyway. i really didn't have a choice!


i used martha's sugar cookie recipe from the baking handbook. coincidentally, this book has been serving as my mouse pad for the last 2 months as i've set up shop in the living room to keep from freezing to death in the office.

sugar cookies (martha stewart)
4 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
3 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/12 tsp salt
5 c all-purpose flour

1. beat butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 5 min
2. add eggs, vanilla, and salt; combine
3. on low speed, mix in flour in two batches until just incorporated
4. turn dough out on a clean surface, divide in half, and wrap in plastic
5. refrigerate for at least 2 hrs or up to one week
6. on a floured work surface, roll out half the dough until 1/4 inch thick
7. cut out cookie cutter shapes and place on cookie sheets
8. refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes
9. bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until cookies are golden on the edge and slightly firm
10. repeat with remaining dough; allow to cool before icing

i top my sugar cookies with royal icing, which i did not use a recipe to make. i didn't even use measuring tools. unfortunately, i accidentally dumped in a very, very large amount of meringue powder for these...oops. possibly i won't pour from the xl container next time. i have posted a basic royal icing recipe before (also for cheer stuff!), so feel free to use that if you don't want to "wing it" and wind up with extra lemony icing.

meh, imperfect but still tasty

for the team, i made big hearts and little hearts. each little heart was dipped in red sugar and "glued" onto a big giant cookie for each person. i do wish i had straighter lines, but it just wasn't important at the time.

for the extra cookies, i made swirl designs because i love them. both big and little leftover hearts were swirled up by using a toothpick to drag one color icing into the other. easy, pretty, and no decorating/artistic "skills" required.

::closes book on valentine's day 2009::


Thomas said...

I love the swirls, like marbled paper.