From the time my children were small, I began making heart shaped cookies for Valentines Day. My kids are all grown now, and only one of them lives in the same country that I do, but I still make heart shaped cookies on Valentines Day. When I was teaching at the university here in Korea, students knew me for my cookies. Koreans don’t bake cookies, but they like cookies, so to celebrate Valentines Day, I decided to make heart shaped sugar cookies to give out to my friends tomorrow at church.
I began by setting the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
I put 1 1/2 cups of cooking butter mixed with cooking oil in the sugar and mixed it around.
Next, I put 2 1/2 cups of sugar in a big mixing bowl. The recipe I have calls for lard, but there is no lard for me to use here, so I put 1 1/2 cups of cooking butter topped off with cooking oil into the sugar. I mixed it all around.
I added the flour slowly, one cup at a time, then mixing, then another cup, then mixing until I mixed all 6 cups into the dough.
After that, I added 2 eggs, and then 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. After mixing everything together, then I began added the flour. I added 6 cups of flour putting one cup of flour in at a time, mixing, then putting another cup of flour in until all 6 cups were incorporated into the dough.
Next, I cleared a place and prepared it to roll the dough out. I used a heart cookie cutter. I rolled the dough out, cut the hearts out, and then put them on the baking sheet. I just kept baking one batch after another until they were all baked. I baked each batch about 10-12 minutes, pulling them out when they seemed done.
When they were cooled, I put some powdered sugar in a bowl and a few drops of water, then I mixed it up. I added a couple of drops of red food coloring, then I mixed it up again.
I put the red icing on the top of the cookies, and I have heart cookies to give to my friends tomorrow.