Yesterday,I made this Valentine cookies for Mishu's classmate.Recently,I admired few popular cookies decoration from facebook.These ladies are really really good with their decoration skill and creative ideas.After reading their posting I tried to follow their recipe and method but fail miserably.Anyway,I think this Valentine's batch is better than the one I make for Monster High cookies.One of my favorite baker is SugarBelle.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour,sifted plus more for rolling
2 sticks or 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1:In large bowl, whisk flour and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).As usual I place in regular chiller for an hour.
2:Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Re-roll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
3:Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.
For the royal icing recipe refer to HERE!!!