Valentine’s Day Treat: Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Sugar are my sweetheart’s favorite treat, so I always make him some heart-shaped sugar for Valentine’s Day. This treat is an inexpensive way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day.” I use vanilla to flavor my buttercream frosting for Christmas sugar , but for Valentine’s Day I like to use almond extract – yum!

Sugar Cookie Recipe
Blend together:
1/2 c. butter
1 t. grated lemon rind
1 c. sugar

Beat in:
1 egg
2 T. orange juice

Stir in:
2 c. flour
1 t. powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. soda
1/2 t. nutmeg

Chill for a while to ease handling. Roll to 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 400 7-9 minutes. We rotate the dough in the freezer so it stays cool and easy to roll. Also, if you don’t roll the dough thin enough, the cookies will spread and ruin your cookie cutter shape.

Keep the cookies in a sealed container, they will stay nice and soft. Just layer wax paper in between.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe
1/3 c. butter
3-4 T. heavy cream
3 c. powdered sugar
flavoring

Cream together butter and sugar and beat in the cream. Flavor with 1 t. vanilla, almond, or lemon extract. For chocolate frosting, add 1/2 c. dark cocoa sifted with the sugar.

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