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Heartthrob Cookies

I've made these peppermint-flavored cookies for Valentine's Day as well as wedding receptions. I especially like that they don't require frosting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 dozen (depending on size)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 drops red food coloring
  • Red decorating gel

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Tint one portion pink; leave remaining dough white. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut out hearts with a small heart-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour.
  • For Heart-to-Heart Cookies: On an ungreased baking sheet, arrange hearts in groups of three in a straight line with sides of hearts touching. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Pipe Valentine phrases on cookies.
  • For Valentine Wreaths: On an ungreased baking sheet, arrange alternating colors of six small hearts in a circle with sides of hearts touching. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Pipe Valentine phrases on cookies.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 214 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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