Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Be My Sweet Heart

Things I love:
  • Auburn football
  • Fall weather
  • Warm sugar cookies

On the last one, can you blame me? Well, can you?

Cheat your way to these awesome conversation heart sugar cookies!

1 package (17.5 ounces) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Cookie Mix
1/3 cup stick butter, margarine or spread
1 egg
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Red food coloring (for red or pink cookies)
Powdered sugar
1 tube fondant icing writer

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stir cookie mix, softened butter, egg, and flour in medium bowl until soft dough forms. I had to mix by hand to get the dough to form.

If you'd like to color your sugar cookie dough -- Drop the mixed dough in a gallon-size resealable bag. Squeeze 15 to 20 drops of red food coloring in bag with dough. (More drops means darker color.) Push all the air out of the bag and seal it. Gently knead food coloring into dough. You can do this by hand, but I cheat this way to avoid pink hands and fingernails.

If the dough is too soft when you're done, refrigerate for 10 minutes. Warm dough back up by gently kneading it if it gets too stiff.

Divide the dough into smaller segments and keep the portions you're not using covered.

Roll dough on "floured" surface with "floured" rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. (I use powdered sugar instead of flour. This way, if I have to use a little extra, it will be a sweet addition, not a flour-y one.)

Cut with a cookie cutter of your choice. If using a cutter that is smaller than two inches, it's best to dip the edge of the cutter in powdered sugar or flour for easier cutting.

Place cookies one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. For large cookies, bake 11 to 14 minutes; smaller cookies, seven to nine minutes.

Cool one minute before removing from cookie sheet.

Allow cookies to cool completely. Using a fondant icing writer (because it hardens and won't smear like decorating gel will), decorate your cookies. I tried to make mine look like conversation heart candies with the funny and cheesy sayings.

Got leftover dough? I made some fun X's and O's... which I let burn, so there's no after to this one. But it would have been cute! :)

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Jerri said...

I love these. So cute and nicely decorated!

And I didn't realize you were in Birmingham! I'm just "up the road" from you. We live in Decatur, but I'm orginally from Hartselle.

Jill said...

What??? You're in Bham??? I'm in Trussville. Hi neighbor!!!

Kimberly said...

Hi neighbors! :)

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Kimberly -- I absolutely love that cookie mix. It's cheap and it's REALLY good. Have you tried the chocolate chip? Its the only thing I buy now. Everyone loves it and I just let them think I made cookies from scratch!

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