i heart cookies

November 9, 2011
What do you do when a loved-one goes under the knife for heart surgery?  I can't see myself assisting in any other way but through a post-op tummy-boost to help along the healing process...Am I right?
For some strange reason, I don't own a heart-shaped cookie cutter... or at least it's not in my possession as far as I can tell.  So, I ventured into unknown territories.  A self-cut-heart-shaped-cookie within a cookie.  I'll be honest and tell you that my baking confidence was a little uneasy.

But, success!  

Perhaps you'll bake these for someone you like.  Maybe a super-early Valentine's Day party?   Or maybe just make them for your own belly.  Bake yourself some love.  
I Heart Cookies
11/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Red food coloring
Confectioners’ sugar

  1. Mix together flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda; Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugars for a few minutes until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add the yolk and vanilla extract, and beat until incorporated. 
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet and gently stir until just mixed.  Don't over-mix.
  5. Separate dough into two portions; In one bowl place about 3/4 of the dough and store in the refrigerator. 
  6. With the remaining 1/4 amount of dough, add the food coloring and mix thoroughly.  Let both bowls of dough sit in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.  
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; Set aside. 
  8. Roll plain dough into balls and place onto prepared baking sheet.   Gently press down each dough ball with the palm of your hand to flatten a bit.  
  9. Roll out colored dough on a surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Carefully cut out dough hearts with a sharp knife and place on flattened cookies.   Press together using the palm of your hand.  Repeat with remaining dough.
  10. Bake about 10-14 minutes and allow to cool on a baking rack.  


claudia @Whats Cookin said...

This post hit home for me... I sent my brother that had a triple by pass at 40 (in great shape I may add, thin healthy who knew!) a shoe box of cookies heart shaped, I was a wreck waiting through the surgery and he lived 19 hours away. You are right its comforting to bake some love, and he so loved these when he came home and found that box of cookies yours looks amazing! NICE JOB heartfelt post!

Jess said...

What a great sister you are, Claudia! ;) Love that you agree that cookies can be comforting- even in more serious times! Thanks for the sweet words, girly! xoxo

Alissa - Not Just Apples said...

These are so pretty! They'd make really great homemade gifts to cheer someone up :)

Sara said...

Hey Jess, I noticed that you have many recipes that contain flour...but you can't eat gluten. Are you actually using a GF flour, or...?

Jess said...

Hi Sara! When I bake for others, I use regular flour. That means I just don't sample! ;)

Sara said...

Thanks. I wondered if that was it. I'd find it difficult though...to see and smell so much delicious food I couldn't eat!

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