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Valentine Cookies On a stick


PHOTO: Koralee Teichroeb

RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY KORALEE TEICHROEB
WHERE WOMEN COOK MAGAZINE

A sweet idea for Valentine’s Day: pretty cookies dressed up with hearts and sprinkles (they’re easy to make without the sticks, too!). Just fill up a little bag and give them to those you love.

Valentine Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pink paste food coloring
  • sprinkles / non-pariels (if desired)
  • cookie sticks
Instructions
  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy; add sugar and continue to beat until well incorporated. Add the baking powder, salt, egg, and vanilla; mix well until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Add flour a little bit at a time, mixing well after each addition. You may have to stir the last little bit of flour in by hand or by kneading on the countertop.
  3. Divide dough in half. Add a few drops of the pink food colouring to one portion of the dough; knead the colour into the dough to get the desired shade. Remember just a little colouring goes a long way. Wrap dough balls with waxed paper and refrigerate until firm and easy to roll - approximately one hour.
  4. Lightly flour a surface and roll each portion into a rectangle shape {1/4” thick}. Roll sticks between 2 pieces of waxed paper. Trim both rectangles to an equal size; place one rectangle on top of the other. Press down gently to seal.
  5. Tightly roll up the dough starting with the long end into a jelly-roll shape, smoothing the dough as you go.
  6. Cut the roll in half; this will make it easier to roll into the sprinkles. Take each half and roll into a large plate of sprinkles, pressing down firmly as the sprinkles do not like to stick. Roll several times if necessary. Tightly cover rolls with waxed paper and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours before baking; once waxed paper is around your rolls, you can press around the edges of each roll firmly as this will help the sprinkles to stick.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 F. Using a sharp knife, cut roll into ¼“ to ¾“ slices (use the thicker cut if you want to add a stick, thinner if you're going without.).
  8. Add a stick into each cookie and bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. DECORATING YOUR COOKIES:
  10. Add a little paper heart onto the center of each cookie with a dab of icing. The hearts can be easily removed when ready to eat.

Tip

Not all sprinkles can be baked in the oven. Make sure you test your sprinkles first if you are unsure. Usually nonpareils are fine, but some of the fancier sprinkles made just for cake decorating will melt in the heat.

PHOTO: Koralee Teichroeb

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