Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Hello Beautifuls!

I am not typically one that goes crazy over this Hallmark Holiday, but I love baking and any reason to bake and eat desserts, I am all for it. Every year for Valentines, instead of going out, my handsome valentine and I make dinner together. And I’m not talking about your typical Tuesday Night dinner, I’m talking about a 3 course meal including (you guessed it– homemade dessert). So as I was looking for ideas for this year’s menu, I came across this rendition on sugar cookies. I will list the original recipe below, but I had my own sugar cookie recipe that I used (feel free to use whichever recipe, honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with a recipe made solely out of sugar). I just really loved how the marble turned out and I was surprised on how simple it was to create, I just had to share it with all the Valentine festivities that are approaching!

Original Recipe by: Baked by Rachel

• Serving size will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter being used. For me, one batch got me just shy of 2 dozen.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter                            1 egg yolk

3 oz. cream cheese                 1 1/2 tsp vanilla (vanilla bean paste is the best!)

1 cup sugar                             1 1/2 tsp orange peel

1 cup powder sugar                1/2 tsp. lemon juice

2 1/2 cup flour                        1 tablespoon water

Directions:

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk, vanilla, orange peel and liquid ingredients. Scrape bowl as needed. Gradually mix in flour, increasing speed until the dough is fully combined.

Now to the marble part:

Divide the dough in half and set one half aside. Take the other half and add a small amount of pink food coloring and beat until the tint is to your desire and no streaks remain.

Pinch off golfball sized portions of the dough, rolling into balls. Baked by Rachel recommended to also create a pattern alternating colored dough. Then ( I used my knuckles) gently knead all the dough together until the dough is swirled together.

In a closed container or plastic wrap, let it chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350º F and roll out dough to ¼ thickness on a lightly floured surface. Now for the fun part! With your desired cookie cutter shape and size, start cutting out the dough and placing them on baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes and let sit for 5 minutes before transferring them.

Enjoy!

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