sugar heart cookies

In baking, culinary experiments, desserts, snacks, sweet treats on 02.23.12 at 7:07 pm

bake sales are pretty rad. it’s amazing what a difference you can make with the generous help of volunteers, some homemade baked goods made with love, and a vibrant, caring community.

a fellow local foodie blogger, vincci at ceci n’est pas un food blog, had a fantastic idea to host the 2nd annual calgary food blogger bake sale (#yycFBBS) — organizing a volunteer initiative with more than 20 local foodie bloggers and casel marché. with the generous support of the fantastic local community, all proceeds from this charity bake sale raised $1,900 for brown bagging for calgary’s kids society earlier this month. pretty sweet. :)

i’m definitely not a seasoned baker, but i felt honoured to be invited to bake and volunteer with this community culinary initiative. i thought it would be the perfect occasion to try out a homemade sugar cookie recipe that my friend sarah from texas introduced me to a few years ago. yummers.

pre-heat oven to 350F

the cookie dough:
mix the following ingredients together until well combined:
– 3/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature, cubed)
– 3/4 cup organic cane sugar

once the butter & sugar are mixed together, fold in these ingredients:
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
– 2 large eggs (beaten)
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp pure vanilla
– 1/2 tsp almond extract

(tip: tightly cover the bowl of batter and refrigerate for 20min to set. it will make the dough easier to cut using cookie cutters.)

the heart cookies:
– use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on a clean, flat surface lightly dusted with flour
– cut out dough with heart-shaped cookie cutters
– place dough shapes on oven-safe baking sheets lined with cooking parchment paper
– bake cookies for approx 8min at 350F (time varies depending on your oven)
– remove cookies from oven and allow to cool on rack before icing

the icing:
whisk together the following ingredients in a small prep bowl until a smooth consistency:
– 2 cups icing sugar
– 1/2 tsp almond extract
– 1/2 cup water (divided)

– spread icing evenly on cookies using a pastry brush or a knife
– after applying icing, allow cookies to dry overnight to set before decorating



food styling:
– decorate cookies with edible silver dragees/embellishments or sprinkles

– put cookies in small bags and tie with colour ribbons


(i used ordinary freezer bags from the grocery store, but you could also use colourful cellophane to dress it up a bit.)

– makes a sweet homemade gift for the holidays… or just because. :) also a great item for your friendly neighbourhood bake sale!


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