February 10, 2016

Valentine cookies


Valentine cookies, heart in heart :-)

Here is the recipe, the cookie is a little more time consuming than regular cookies, but it is well worth the wait.
Yield: makes 24 cookies, 4 inches in diameter
Ingredients
1 and 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 and 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
5 cups flour
pinch of salt
3 whole eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
Food color of your choice
1 cup cookie sprinkles of your choice

In a  mixing bowl, add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time and whisk until combined. Add flour, little at a time until it comes to a crumbly dough texture. Gather the dough and place on a floured surface.

Knead to form a dough. Wrap in cling wrap and place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Remove the dough and divide it into two equal parts. Add a drop of pink color or any color you like on one and knead it until the color is uniformly distributed to the dough.
Wrap the two dough separately. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Remove, and roll the colored dough on a flour dusted surface. Cut out big hearts, and then with a little heart cutter, cut and remove the little heart.
Do the same to the plain dough. Little and big hearts, about 2 inches thick. Interchange the little and big heart with different colors and glue the small one into the big heart first with egg wash (1 white egg and 1 tsp water, stirred with a fork, forms egg wash) , as shown in the picture.

Once done, stack all the heart in heart cookies one above the other with egg wash. Form a cylinder.  Once done, wrap and chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

Spread the sprinkles on a plate. Remove the cookie cylinder from the freezer, coat with egg wash all along its circumference, roll it on the sprinkles to coat. Wrap and chill overnight for best results.

Bring out the cookie dough and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F/175 degree C. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Cut the cookie dough into 1/3 inch pieces. Lay on the baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool, if you cant wait, just devour :-)