Love is in the air! Or the smell of campfire. Whatever, same thing. The husband and I had a wonderful weekend camping! Finally! I won’t rehash the story (you can check it out here), but this trip was something we were looking forward to for a long time.
Romantic dates aren’t really our thing, but this weekend of camping was perfect. Just time to relax, eat some roasted marshmallows (and several hot dogs), ride bikes, and hang out! And thankfully, the weather was absolutely perfect. It inspired me to work on a sweet treat for Valentine’s day! So, while the look has been changed up a bit, you’ll recognize this flavor from our recent Snowball Cookies. (Can you tell I LOVE these?!) 😉 ❤️
With a cookie cutter, a bit of red food coloring, and a light dusting of flour, it’s super easy to transform the Snowball Cookies into Valentine’s Sugar Cookies! These cookies are sure to please, and somehow, almost taste better the second and third day after they’re made.
How do you like to celebrate Valentine’s day? Whatever you do, I hope you and your loved ones have a great day!
- 2 cups all purpose flour + some for dusting
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (use imitation clear for best results)
- 3 tbsp milk, skim
- 2-3 drops red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl.
- In a separate large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar until thoroughly combined. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
- Slowly mix flour mixture into butter mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until fully combined, but avoid over-mixing.
- Lay parchment paper on counter and dust with flour.
- Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch. Dust with more flour as needed. Use a heart cookie cutter (ours was 3 inches at the widest point) to cut dough.
- Bake on parchment paper or silicon baking mat for approximately 8-10 minutes to keep cookies soft, slightly longer if you like cookies firm. If cookies become golden, they will be a bit hard!
- While cookies are cooling, prepare frosting.
- Combine butter and powdered sugar in bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine.
- Mix in vanilla and milk to help frosting form and become smooth. Mix in 2-3 drops red food coloring to create pink frosting.
- Use a butter knife to frost cooled cookies.
- Decorate as desired! Apply sprinkles before frosting has a chance to harden.
- If you're not into the almond flavor, just replace with vanilla extract!
- Nutrition Information (per cookie)
- Calories: 90, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: less than 1 g, Sugar: 5.5 g, Sodium: 23 mg, Saturated Fat: 2 g