First, make a cookie dough. I made a shortbread cookie instead of a sugar cookie because my smart friend Connie said that it held it's shape better when you are making cutout cookies and tastes even better (if you like that sort of thing). Shortbread cookies only have butter, sugar, flour and almond extract (or vanilla). Very Easy.
Next grab the rolling pin and a floured surface and roll it out to about 1/4" thick. I cut them into squares by eyeballing it since I sent mike to the store the night before a blizzard and he was unable to locate a heart cookie cutter- even with the help. (Can you believe I don't own any cookie cutters?) I'm guessing that's because everyone else had the smart idea to make heart shaped cookies for valentines day during the blizzard.
Layout your squares. They can be close together because they don't spread.
I used a knife and carved a heart into the dough only going about 1/2 way through. This is the part where I needed the heart cookie cutter but it was actually really easy to just draw it in with the knife.
When they were done baking and had cooled I made a quick icing with powdered sugar and red food coloring and milk and a little more almond extract. Using a spoon I spread it on the heart surface. It was actually pretty easy. I kept the icing pretty thick so it didn't run all over the cookie.... and having cooled cookies is key.
Unfortunately I overcooked the cookies or overmixed (or both) and they were a little hard. I'll try harder next time!
I'm sure that the 2 year-olds really enjoyed these cookies. When I got to his class they had licked off the pink icing and hadn't really touched the rest. Oh well, at least they looked good!
Check out the Valentines Decorations I made HERE.
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