Valentine’s Day Cookies ♥

I have a weakness for those large, soft sugar cookies they sell at grocery stores with different frosting for each season. I thought that perhaps I’d make them for Valentine’s Day treats to share… along with red velvet whoopie pies of course!!

Here is the site where I found the sugar cookie recipe:

http://annies-eats.com/2011/07/18/soft-frosted-sugar-cookies/

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Yield: about 2 dozen large cookies

Ingredients

Ingredients:

 For the cookies:

4½ cups all-purpose flour

4½ tsp. baking powder

 ¾ tsp. salt

1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1½ cups sugar

3 large eggs

5 tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting:

 5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

 7-8 tbsp. milk (plus more, as needed)

Food coloring (optional)

Sprinkles (optional)

The red velvet whoopie pies:

http://annies-eats.com/2010/02/08/red-velvet-whoopie-pies/

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Yield: approximately 18 sandwich cookies, but depends entirely on the size of hearts you make

 For the cookies:

 2 cups all-purpose flour

 2 tbsp. cocoa powder

 ½ tsp. baking powder

 ¼ tsp. salt

 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 ½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature

 1 oz. red food coloring

For the frosting:

 8 oz. cream cheese

 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla extract

 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.

Using a heart template cut out from card stock, trace evenly spaced hearts onto pieces of parchment paper sized to fit two cookie sheets.  Place the parchment on the cookie sheets so that the side you have drawn on is facing down; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the egg until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low-speed, beat in about a third of the dry ingredients, followed by half of the buttermilk, beating each addition just until incorporated.  Repeat so that all the buttermilk has been added and then mix in the final third of dry ingredients.  Do not overbeat.  Blend in the food coloring.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip.  Pipe the batter onto the parchment paper using the heart tracings as a guide.  Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops are set, rotating the baking sheets halfway through.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets at least 10 minutes, until they can be easily transferred to a cooling rack.  Repeat with any remaining batter.  Allow cookies to cool completely before proceeding.

To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.

Transfer the frosting to a clean pastry bag fitted with a plain, round tip.  Pair the cookies up by shape and size.  (You can make this as easy or as difficult as you would like.  I’m kind of anal about it, so it takes me a while :) )

Flip one cookie of each pair over so that the flat side is facing up.

Pipe frosting onto the flat-sided cookie of each pair, leaving the edges clear.  Sandwich the cookies together so the flat sides are facing each other and press gently to help the filling reach the edges.  To store, refrigerate in an airtight container.

 

Just a side note… these are delicious!!! They are completely worth the time and effort they take to bake!

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