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Heart’s Delight Cookies

“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
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 142 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • asouth
    Nov 18, 2012

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  • Loufrommaine
    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.

  • veraann
    Oct 22, 2011

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  • krystaljoy
    Mar 4, 2010

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  • mobake
    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
    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!

  • Anonymous
    Feb 12, 2009

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    Feb 11, 2009

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  • bettina_bettina_TX
    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