Valentine Cookies {with Royal Icing}



After reading through many recipes claiming to be the “best sugar cookie EVER” on Pinterest I decided to try two of the most convincing ones out yesterday. More than likely it was an error on my part but I ended up with two batches of terrible cookies. I was pretty disappointed since both recipes took so much work, wasted lots of ingredients and I so badly wanted a Valentine themed treat.



Anyway, I had promised to bring a dessert to bible study last night so I knew I couldn’t come empty handed. In a last desperate attempt I whipped up one more batch of cookies and although they weren’t my best {Matt gives very honest reviews}, the icing sure did make them tasty and they were too pretty not to share!



We are currently studying Tim Keller’s book “The Meaning of Marriage” in our couples bible study so I thought it would be clever to bring heart shaped cookies.


 This was my first time experimenting with Royal Icing and I am definitely a fan, even though it requires a lot of time.



Best Sugar Cookie Recipe


From In Katrina’s Kitchen
 


Ingredients:
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
 


Directions:
   
Preheat oven to 350Β° F. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and
sugar until smooth. Beat in extracts and eggs. In a separate bowl
combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet
ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for
your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands
and finish off kneading the dough by hand. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH.
Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut.
You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch
rather than 1/8). Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie
sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.


 


Royal Icing


4 cups Domino Powdered Sugar


4 TBS Wilton’s Meringue Powder


Wilton’s Gel Food Coloring


4 TBS Water initially, plus additional while mixing


Spray bottle {optional}


 


Basically
use 1 cup of powdered sugar for every 1 TBS of meringue powder with
warm water mixed SLOWLY in until desired consistency.
 


 

 If you’re going to attempt Royal Icing, I highly recommend using Make Bake Celebrate’s Royal Icing 101 Tutorial {found here}. It’s the best one I found and she is very thorough with her instructions! 




You can’t go wrong with sprinkles so I loaded my cookies up before my icing dried. I was also pretty excited to break out my Heart Side-of-the-Cup cookie cutter from World Market that’s been sitting in my kitchen drawer for almost a year. Love it? You can find it {here} for only $1.29!



 



Are you planning to make any festive Valentine treats this year?
Oh, and if you have an amazing tried and true sugar cookie recipe, feel free to pass it on!






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31 Comments

  1. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    January 27, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    I love royal icing too, I just started using it for Christmas cookies this year. I make it with egg whites instead of Meringue Powder though since I normally don't have that around the house! You're so right, there are so many recipes out there that claim to be the "best" super sugar cookie…. at least yours looked adorable!!

  2. The Pink Growl
    January 27, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    So cute!!! And if they really are the best sugar cookies ever then win-win!

  3. Dee Stephens
    January 27, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    I'm going to make some of these this weekend. I've made them before and they're so fun but now that I have a Kitchenaid it will be easier!

  4. Kiri
    January 27, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I love making theme snacks too! My most recent were roadkill squirrel ginger snaps for a book club where we read "Let's Pretend this Never Happened" – which has a lot of roadkill/taxidermy in it. It was fun to run the cookies over with a Hot Wheels monster truck. Definitely not as cute as your hearts, though!

  5. Nichole
    January 27, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I love simple, pretty treats like this!

  6. Joey
    January 27, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    Those are DARLING!! Sorry the recipes didn't work out, but at least they look cute! My baking escapades always look like I had a toddler in the kitchen with me (I didn't)!!

  7. Hope @ Hope in a Blog
    January 27, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    I have got to make those cookies. They look delicious and are so pretty, too! My fiancΓ© and I are reading The Meaning of Marriage right now too…such an amazing book! Xx.

  8. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    January 27, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Those look adorable and tasty too!! Well done friend – I get very frustrated and impatient when recipes don't work out! I'm hoping to make some cookies or cupcakes this year for luuuuuurve day :)x

  9. Samara
    January 27, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    You are too adorable, friend! These cookies look fantastic and I love how you have the cookie hanging off of that adorable "C" mug! <3 (Oh, and I had no idea such a thing was sold–a "side-cup-cookie-cutter"?? As if I need ANY more reason to go to World Market, haha.) I like that you state it wasn't your best cookie. Seriously. If you were perfect ALL the time, you wouldn't be relatable! This makes you human and more likable for your honesty! πŸ™‚ Cheers,Samara

  10. Maureen SIM
    January 27, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Yummmmmm! I'm going to make these for the office!

  11. Lindsey Regan Thorne
    January 27, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Ummmm yes, please! πŸ™‚

  12. Jillian Manesh
    January 27, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    thats too bad you didnt like the taste of the cookies – they look great tho! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  13. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    January 27, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Oh no, sorry to hear the recipe didn't turn out well! Sugar cookies are tricky. I'm still searching for he perfect recipe myself! They sure do look pretty though!

  14. Brittany Fry
    January 27, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    I watched a youtube video on Royal Icing last weekend and since then I have not been able to find it again. Thanks for the recipe though because this is basically what I needed. I decided that this year I am going to give baking a try. I figure I will start out with baby steps and master pretty sugar cookies. Your cookies look awesome though!!!!

  15. Luci Kell
    January 27, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    I love valentines day treats, your cookies are so sweet!! I'm hoping to do heart shaped fruit pizzas with strawberries and blueberries!! BUT also looking for a good sugar cookie recipe, if not I dare say that I'll probably end up cheating with a tube of prepackaged sugar cookies lol

  16. Katie
    January 27, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    Yum! they look so nice!! I want to try doing that icing too but it intimidates me like crazy! I'm so not a baker…

  17. Kelly Elizabeth
    January 27, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    These sweet heart cookies are gorgeous! And that icing looks perfect! So pretty Christina! πŸ™‚

  18. PrettyLuckyMama
    January 27, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    They look too pretty to eat πŸ™‚ I always make pre packaged cookies and still end up with the results being not so great lol so I def give you an A+ for your baking determination πŸ™‚

  19. Tara
    January 27, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Sorry that your first attempt didn't turn out so good, but the final result looks beautiful! I need to make some Valentine's treats soon too πŸ™‚

  20. Cassie
    January 27, 2014 / 11:28 pm

    I have that awesome cookie cutter too but I haven't used it yet! That is on my list of things to do for the love month coming up! πŸ™‚

  21. Jodi
    January 28, 2014 / 1:24 am

    They look perfect! So pretty πŸ™‚

  22. Colleen Sullivan
    January 28, 2014 / 4:55 am

    So cute! I finally tried royal icing this December with some of our Christmas cookies and I fell in love. They just look so nice!

  23. Sara Elizabeth
    January 28, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    So, they are totally beautiful… which totally makes up for the fact that Matt didn't think they were beautiful. A total win in my book! πŸ˜‰

  24. Lisa Loves John
    January 28, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    That side of thecup cookie cutter is DARLING!!

  25. Mary @marygoround4
    January 29, 2014 / 12:19 am

    Those have to be the cutest and most perfect looking cookies! Can't wait to try the recipe but I already know I'll never get my icing to look that good! lol

  26. Britt Louise
    January 29, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    SO glad you shared this recipe! Your pictures are too cute! I need to try this recipe. I too have heart shape cookie cutters that have just been sitting in a drawer πŸ™‚

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