Heart's Delight Cookies Recipe
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Heart's Delight Cookies Recipe

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“We serve these tender, pretty cookies for afternoon tea at the bed-and-breakfast my husband and I operate with my parents,” notes Angela Everett of Port Arthur, Texas. “The bows make them look very special!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Coarse sugar, optional
  • 54 ribbons (16 inches x 1/8 inch)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 142 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a heavily floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. While cookies are still warm, poke two holes into each cookie with a straw. When cookies are completely cooled, thread ribbon through holes and tie into a bow; trim ribbon if necessary. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Heart's Delight Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 2006, p10

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Loufrommaine User ID: 6222180 207584
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"These are really good cookies. I used a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter since its fall, and used orange colored sugar. I think they would be good with buttercream frosting as well. I love that they make such a big batch because when you have a few kids, a small batch doesn't last very long."

mobake User ID: 640643 78996
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

"This was a wonderful recipe. I made these for a bridal shower and used the bride's colors for the ribbons. Can be used for any occasion."

bartim718 User ID: 670557 153686
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2009

"These are the best! This is the only sugar cookie recipe I will use from now on! Didn't have the ribbon, so I decorated with frosting and colored sugar! And wow! Thanks so much for sharing!"

bettina_bettina_TX User ID: 681593 70456
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2009

"This was such an easy cookie to make. I baked several different recipes to put on a tray for an office Valentines party and everyone commented on how pretty this cookie looked on the platter. I will be making this one over and over.~Bettina"

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