Hidden heart cookies

Hidden heart in a cookie for valentines day!

These cookies are  a little more time consuming than regular cookies, as they needed to be molded one into the other.
Yield: makes 24 cookies, 4 inches in diameter
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 little hearts, about 2 inches thick. Glue one heart to another as shown in the picture with egg wash. (1 white egg and 1 tsp water, stirred with a fork, forms egg wash). Roll out the plain dough into little cylinders and start filling around the heart to make a uniform 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 :-)