Monday, February 15, 2010

Sugar & Spice Valentines Day Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Step one: sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

Step two: place butter, sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg in large bowl and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. 

Step three: gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Step four: ADD FOOD COLORING: if you want different colors, you have to dived the dough first and then add the colors. We did pink, purple, and white -- so we divided the dough into three equal parts.  For the white, we added no food coloring; for the pink, we added about ten drops of red; for the purple we added 5 drops red and about five drops blue (and then guesstimated from there).

Step five: wrap the dough in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Step six: preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step seven: sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking (if dough has warmed during rolling and cutting, place it back in the fridge while you work with the other dough). 

Step eight: cut rolled out dough into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges. 

Step nine: let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. 

Step 10: serve and enjoy!! 

Rebel Baker's Note: Nicole and I baked these Valentines Day cookies as presents for our friends.  Nicole was going to Burlington, VT for the weekend to visit her best friends from college and I was headed to Brooklyn, NY to visit Leslie.  I also made a special cookie for my Valentine (the be mine one -- awww).  All in all, these were fun to make and pretty cute to look at -- not too shabby tasting either (note: the nutmeg and vanilla give these sugar cookies some pizazz).  Happy Valentines Day everybody!

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