Feb 13, 2013

Strawberry Cookies For Your Valentine


Valentine’s Day’s tomorrow, are you ready? I’m never that into the holiday but I’d find any excuse to bake.

I don’t really get into all the cute and fun food ideas because let’s be honest, in the end they’re all gonna end up in the same place… However, this time I decided to spend some extra time and dress up these little cute strawberry cookies with cookie icing and sprinkles.

Strawberry Cookies
Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
Ingredients:
1 ¾ C all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
¾ C (1 ½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
¼ C granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
1 package gelatin, any flavor. I got strawberry for its lovely pink color
½ egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, sift together flour and baking powder, set aside
2. In another bowl, cream together softened butter, sugar, salt and gelatin, until light and fluffy.

Mix in egg and vanilla, and then the flour mixture.

3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them about 1-2 inch apart. Slightly flatten the dough with bottom of a glass.

4. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer them to cooling rack to let cool completely.
5. Drizzle the cooled cookies with some icing and sprinkle some colorful sprinkles before the icing sets

Feel free to add some chocolate chip into the dough. Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is pretty much all about chocolate.

Easy Cookie Icing
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
Ingredients:
1 C powdered sugar
2 tsp milk or cream
2 tsp light corn syrup
¼ tsp almond extract -> I used ½ tsp vanilla extract instead
Directions:
1. In a bowl, stir together powdered sugar and milk until smooth, then beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy.

* If icing starts to thicken, you can add a little more milk to thin it out

If you really want to impress your valentine, you can add food colorings to the icing and make it fancy and more colorful.

Nothing says “I love you” more than homemade cookies. Especially the pink ones with colorful sprinkles. Now get in the kitchen and make these for your loved ones.
enjoy 

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