Valentines Day Swirled Sugar Cookies

 

 

 

Yes! It is that time of year again. It is time for love and togetherness and celebrating and champagne and #foreveralone memes. Lol. I actually love Valentine’s Day as a single woman because I can do little things for my friends and family. No pressure. No expectations. Just fun! Last year Levi and I wore matching pink and red outfits and I got him roses and he got me a gigantic card! It was just fun!

As a kid my parents always made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We would make homemade cards out of construction paper and and paper doilies. We would get little gifts and have some nice family time. I have some really great memories.

So I am hoping to inspire some great Valentine’s Day memories for you and your family and friends! I am going to try and post several different Valentine’s inspired desserts so let me know what your favorite is! I would love to make it!

Today we are starting out with a simple sugar cookie. With just a little twist. These are so fun to make and I bet it would be a fun activity with kids!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder– not baking soda. This led to a last minute run to the store for us.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract (optional….you can add any flavor to these really! I like to give a sugar cookie a little something extra for taste)
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 package sprinkles

In a medium bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder. In a stand mixer mix the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add the egg and extracts. Mix well. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until you have a crumbly dough.

Split the dough in half. Add some red food coloring to one half and lots to the other. We used gel food coloring and had to mix it in with our hands by kneading the dough. If you use liquid coloring I’m sure it will work in the stand mixer.

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Place each ball of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper. Use a rolling pin to roll them out to about a 1/4 inch thick. Try and get them to a similar shape. Take the top wax paper sheets off of both rolled out dough sheets. Very very carefully lay one on top of the other. Take new top layer of wax paper off. Cut off the edges to make a rectangle.

Start to roll the dough by lifting the wax paper and folding over the edge of the dough. Continue to roll the dough and if it tears a little you can just pinch it back together. Once your dough is in a nice little roll, pour out the sprinkles on a serving dish and roll the dough over them. Press the sprinkles in a bit to help them stick.

Place the roll in the fridge for about 20 minutes. This helps the dough firm up and the cookies will keep their shape. Preheat the oven to 325.

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Take the roll out of the fridge and slice off the cookies. I would slice them about 1/4 inch thick. To get the best results use a thin knife and slice from side to side instead of top to bottom. This helps keep a more round shape. We still had to do a little shaping once they were on the cookie sheet, so no worries!

Bake them on a non stick baking sheet for about 10-15 minutes. When they start to brown just slightly then they are done! Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Serve them up with some milk with just a splash of grenadine to make it super festive!

Let me know how yours turned out! I also look forward to hearing from you on what your favorite Valentine’s dessert is 🙂2015/01/img_2112.jpg

 

Happy Valentines Day friends!

 

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