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Valentine Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Makes

3 dozen

I combined recipes to create these heart-shaped cookies for my Valentine's Day, but you can enjoy them anytime. My children are grown, but I still bake the cookies for my husband and myself and for others.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Prepared vanilla frosting and red colored sugar, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, beating well. Add extracts; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 325° for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate with frosting and colored sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 204 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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