I Heart Cookies

Valentine’s Day is full of opportunities to share delicious treats so when I came across these sugar cookies on Pinterest (here) with the title “World Famous Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookies with Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting” they sounded perfectly decadent for this special day celebrating the love of our friends, family, neighbors, children, fluffy furry friends, and that special someone.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients:

for the cookies:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups vegetable shortening
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
4 1/3 cup cake flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

for the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla

Cookie Directions:

Using an electric mixer, cream together the sugars and shortening.  Mix on slow speed 30 seconds; scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Increase speed to medium and mix 3 minutes.  While mixing, slowly add vanilla and beaten egg.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl while mixing on slow speed.  Do not overmix.  Form dough into two balls and place covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut out cookies with desired cookie cutters.  Sprinkle a small amount of flour directly on rolled dough if it is too moist.  Place directly on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 9-10 minutes.  Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden.  Ideally, edges do not brown.  Decorate with sugar or buttercream frosting (recipe below)

Frosting Directions:

Place softened butter in a large mixing bowl.  Add 4 cups of the sugar followed by the milk and vanilla.  Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency; you may not need all the sugar.  If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.  Icing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

***Recipe Source:  Kari’s Cooking***

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