I’m not a huge fan of sugar cookie cutouts, however, these butter cookie cutouts drizzled with white and dark chocolate are buttery melty (I’m sorry spellcheck, melty is a word. My google sources say so. Be gone with your red squiggly underline.) goodness. I really wish I had made more already. I actually modified an old Russian Butter Cookie Recipe I found in one of my grandmother’s old cookbooks. These are pretty simple to throw together and the dough was wonderful to work with. Make some. Your valentine will love you for it.
You will need:
1 C. unsalted butter softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/4 C. flour
4-6 Tbsp. milk
8-12 drops red food coloring
heart shaped cookie cutter
dark (or semi-sweet) and white chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet and Godiva white chocolate chips.)
ziplock sandwich bags or gallon/freezer bags
This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies. Bake 375 degrees for 6 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar. Add in baking soda, salt, and flour and cut into butter and powdered sugar.This should look a little crumbly, similar to a pie dough. Add your vanilla and 4 Tbsp. of milk and mix well. I used my hands and kneaded this just like a pie dough. If this feels too dry, add more milk a tablespoon at a time. Add in your food coloring and knead until color is even throughout the dough.
Lightly spread some flour out on your rolling surface and roll dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out hearts with your heart shaped cookie cutter. Place these an inch or so apart on your cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. 6 minutes. Do not bake them any longer. They will be soft. They may not look done. Trust me, these will get dry and crumbly if over-baked. Unless you know for a fact that your oven is always off the mark, take them out, take them out, take them out. 😛 Let them cool a few minutes before you take them off the pan.
Melt a 1/2 C. of white chocolate chips in the microwave for 1-1/2 minutes and stir until smooth. Spoon this into a ziplock bag and cut a tiny sliver off the corner of the bag. Squeeze this over half of each cookie in a back and forth motion. Repeat with the dark chocolate chips. Allow your chocolate to harden and enjoy!
My valentine is getting the plain sugar iced heart shaped cookie. He says he doesn’t like my ‘fancy-schmancy’ stuff. Oh well, no chocolate for you I guess!
Happy Valentine’s Day!