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Bow ties and Butterflies

Contest Photo by: 2quackcrew
Phoenix, AZ
Category: Sweet Treats

Description

I decided to take my valentine crafting to the kitchen! We've made paper butterflies, fish, etc. with heart cut outs, so I thought why not try it with cookie dough? These are fun for the kids to decorate with frosting and any kind of candy they can think of.

Ingredients

Cookies:
2 cups flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 stick salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla
Decorations:
Store bought frosting
Several types of candy: m&ms, conversation hearts, licorice, candy sticks, etc.

How to Make

  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
    With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, salt and baking powder until combined. Gather dough and flatten into a disc. Wrap in plastic and chill for 1 hour.
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough on a well floured
    surface to 1/4 inch thick. Use a heart cookie cutter to cut out several hearts. Place two hearts together with the
    points overlapping. Bake for 8-10 minutes - take out the
    cookies before they brown. Cool, then decorate!

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