We know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I bet this little cuties are more than a point in the right direction. Valentines day is just around the corner and if you want to surprise your sweet heart there is nothing more personal than make your own gift instead of just buying one. There is nothing wrong about buying gifts, I am able to send you my wish list all year round no matter if for Christmas, birthday or neither. Just let me know. ;o)
These cookies are Mr. F favorite cookie. They are sand tarts like shortcake cookies, buttery and crunchy. You can add cinnamon, vanilla or almond extract or another flavor if you like.
about 35 cookies depends on your cutter size
The amount of food coloring depends on the brand and how intensive you want the icing color to be.
Do not over mix or you will end up with tough cookies.
220 g / 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4-6 drops red food coloring
about 10 tablespoons milk (150 ml)
Make the dough:
Mix the egg with the sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the egg/sugar mixture. Keep on mixing than pour in the flour and salt, stir until combined, there might be some crumbs which is all right. Cover and put into the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 190 C / 380 F and line two baking sheet with baking paper. If you only got one baking sheet, make sure it has cooled down before you put the next batch of cookies on it.
Make the icing:
In a medium size bowl add the confectioners’ sugar, the food coloring and 7 tablespoon milk. Stir and add more milk if needed . The amount of the milk depends on the dryness of the sugar and the air humidity and the amount of food coloring you drop in, so it is better to slowly add the milk tablespoon after tablespoon until you got a smooth cream.
Make the cookies:
Knead the batter with you hands one more time and roll with a rolling pin until it is 5mm / 1/4 inch thick. You won’t need flour for covering the surface the dough is not very sticky. Stamp out hearts or any other shape you like and put them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes and as soon as they are just still hot but you are able to touch them cover with the icing. This works easy by dipping them into the icing or use a brush for coating them. Transfer them to a wire rack and let cool before you wrap them.