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Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies for Valentines Day

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.20190209_194715.jpg

I began by setting the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

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I put 2 1/2 cups of sugar in a big mixing bowl.

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.

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I added 2 eggs.
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I added 1 1/2 cups of milk.
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I added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
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I added 3 teaspoons of baking powder.
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I added 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda.

 

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I mixed everything else together before I began adding the flour.

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.

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I prepared a place to roll out the dough, rolled it out, and began cutting out the cookies.
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I covered a baking sheet with cookies, then put them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.
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There were about three plates of cookies like this. I left them to cool.

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.

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I dumped some powdered sugar in a small bowl.

 

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I put a few drops of water in the powdered sugar and mixed it around to make some icing.
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I put a couple of drops of red food coloring into the icing.
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I mixed it around to making the icing red.

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.

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I put red icing on the heart cookies.

I put the red icing on the top of the cookies, and I have heart cookies to give to my friends tomorrow.

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