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Strawberry Valentine Cookies

 Strawberry Valentine Cookies
Start a new Valentine’s Day tradition with these pretty, whimsical cookies from Marna Heitz of Farley, Iowa. Strawberry is a perfect complement to the chocolate glaze.
24 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup strawberry drink mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry drink mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg and lemon juice. Combine the flour, drink mix, baking powder
  • and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a floured 2-1/2- to 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place
  • 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10

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Strawberry Valentine Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes or until set and edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes
  • before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Spread over cookies; let stand until set.
  • In a small bowl, beat the butter, drink mix and salt until blended.
  • Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Add enough milk to achieve
  • desired consistency. Decorate cookies. Yield: about 2 dozen.