Flower-shaped cookies are a lovely alternative to a pricey bouquet for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day and are elegant after-dinner sweets. The versatile dough can be rolled out and cut into any desired shape. You can also omit the sugar topping and decorate them with the icing of your choice.–Tracey Zabar
LC How Sweet! Note
Few flowers, even a bouquet of stunning long stems, can stand up to the splendor and thoughtfulness contained in a batch of these tender, subtly sweet somethings known as Valentine’s sugar cookies. (They elicit the same effect any time of year, though.) It’s the difference between “Oh, how sweet, but you shouldn’t have!” and “Oh, how sweet, and I’m ridiculously giddy that you did!”
Special Equipment: Flower-shaped cookie cutter (or a different shape, if you prefer)
Valentine's Sugar Cookie Recipe
Hands-On Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes, not including cooling | Makes about 60 small cookies
- 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- Coarse sugar, for sprinkling, whether sanding or pearl or raw
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
- 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and irresistibly fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Gently fold in the salt and flour just until combined.
- 3. Roll out the dough between a couple large-ish pieces of parchment paper until it’s about 1/2-inch thick.
- 4. Remove the top piece of parchment and, using a 1 1/2-inch flower cookie cutter (or whatever shape you prefer), cut out cookies and place them on the prepared sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. (If you find the dough too soft to cut with a cookie cutter, transfer the dough, still sandwiched between the parchment paper, to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then try again.) Sprinkle the cookies with coarse sugar.
- 5. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown. Let the cookies cool completely on wire racks before showering them upon your sweetie.
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Valentine's Sugar Cookie Recipe © 2011 Tracey Zabar. Photo © 2011 Ellen Silverman. All rights reserved.