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Sweetheart Cookie Cakes

Contest Photo by: nancykaser
Garden Grove, CA
Category: Sweet Treats

Description

These adorable sugar cookies are baked in heart-shaped muffin tins. Pressing the sugar cookie dough (we made our own, but store bought works great too) makes the sides of the cookies rise higher than the middle, creating a reservoir for perfectly heart-shaped frosting. Pink, purple, and white heart candy sprinkles put the finishing touch on on our family's favorite Valentine's Day treat!

Ingredients

2 3/4 cup white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 tsp almond or vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
3 drops red food coloring

heart-shaped candy sprinkles

How to Make

  • Heat oven to 350.

    Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in medium mixing bowl.

    Use an electric mixer to combine butter, egg, sugar and almond or vanilla extract. Blend until creamy.

    Slowly fold in the flour mixture until smooth.

    In greased heart-shaped cookie pan, press dough into pan until each cup is halfway full.

    Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool. Remove from pan.

    Mix powered sugar and water in medium mixing bowl. Add three drops of red food coloring, and mix until the frosting is consistent in color.

    Slowly spoon pink frosting into the center of cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle candy sprinkles on soft frosting.

    Allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving. Place 5 hearts in a circle to make a sweet Valentine's flower.

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