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Valentine Cookie Bouquet

 Valentine Cookie Bouquet
"I always try to do something special with my fair entries. This cookie bouquet was a blue-ribbon winner," says Marlene Gates, Sun City, Arizona. "It is a great gift for a loved one or makes a nice Valentine's Day centerpiece."
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 24 long wooden skewers
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the milk, egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking
  • powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover
  • and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/8-in.
  • thickness. Cut out with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

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Valentine Cookie Bouquet (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Place skewers on top of each cookie with one end of each skewer about
  • 1 in. from top of each heart. Gently press into the dough. Place a
  • little extra dough over each skewer; press into cookie to secure.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2
  • minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  • Roll out remaining dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out with a
  • floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Cut out centers with a
  • 1-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2
  • minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar and enough
  • cherry juice to achieve spreading consistency. Gently spread
  • frosting over cookies with skewers; top with cookies with cutout
  • centers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 234 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.