Monday, February 6, 2012

Sugar Cookies-Sugar Cookie Recipe-Valentine's Sugar Cookies

St.Valentine's Day is round the corner (Feb 14th,2012). What can be a sweeter way to show your love than these beautiful heart shaped sugar cookies. I am sure that these edible hearts will win the heart of everyone in the family. Go ahead and make these easy and delicious homemade Valentine's cookies for your loved ones. I had lot of fun making this and thoroughly enjoyed it .

Sugar cookies for Valentines
How to prepare Heart shaped Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing for Valentine's Day
Recipe source -Joyofbaking.com
Yields -20-25 small cookies

Ingredients needed

All purpose flour (maida)- 1 1/2 cup
Salt -1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Butter -(unsalted)- 1/2 cup (113 grams)
Granulated white sugar - 1/2 cup
Egg - 1 large egg
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Preparation

Sieve flour + baking soda + salt and keep it aside.

Method

Beat butter and sugar until it becomes light and fluffy.

Add egg, vanilla essence and beat until well combined.

Mix in flour and make a smooth dough. ( I used the dough making attachment that comes with the hand mixer)

Now divide the dough into 2 half and wrap it in a plastic paper and keep it in the refrigerator until firm. ( I kept it for 2 hours)

Preheat the oven.Then take one half of the dough and roll it out dusting flour to 1/4 inch thickness. Dust the cookie cutter also and cut desired shapes.(I used the heart shaped cookie cutter as it is for Valentine's day)

Now arrange all the unbaked cookies in a greased baking tray and keep it in the refrigerator again for another 15 minutes to chill the dough.This is done to prevent the cookies from expanding while baking and loosing their shape.

Bake till the edges starts to brown which will approximately take around 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness and size of the cookies. Let it remain in the tray for a few minutes.Then transfer the cookies to a plate or wire rack to cool. (I baked a few minutes more after the edges started browning as I wanted it crisp)

Repeat the process for the other batch also.

Let the cookies cool completely. Then you can store it in an airtight container.

sugar cookiesNow if you want to make it more special - go ahead and do the Royal icing for sugar cookies. Do not miss this part as I had great fun doing it.

The cookies should cool completely before frosting.

Royal icing recipe

Egg white - 1
Fresh Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Icing sugar -1 1/2 cups
Food color if needed (I used red color)

Method

Sieve icing sugar and keep it aside. You can use powdered white sugar but make sure to sieve it.

Mix egg white and lemon juice and beat well until well combined and frothy. Add sugar gradually and beat well .

The correct consistency for filling inside the cookies is when you lift the beater, the icing which falls into the bowl, remains for a few seconds (for a count of 6-7) on the surface and then disappears.

If necessary, you can add little more sugar or water depending on the consistency you need.
For example -I needed a little thick consistency for piping the border of the cookies. So I added more sugar to 1 part of the icing prepared.

Thin or flooding consistency- I used for filling the surface of the cookies. The above recipe is for flooding consistency - for filling the surface of the cookies.

First pipe the borders, then fill the inside of the cookies. Decorate as you like. Use colours of your choice.

Keep the icing closed with a with a wet cloth even while working as it dries faster. After use, you can store the royal icing in an air tight container inside the refrigerator.

Cookies - all dressed up for Valentines day- Perfect Gift

Sugar cookies--Valentine's Sugar CookiesUse your own imagination and decorate the cookies. It will take 24 hours for the royal icing to dry completely. After that store it in an air tight container with layers of butter paper in between.

You can even pack it in heart shaped box and gift it to your loved ones. These homemade cookies, no doubt make a lip-smacking Valentine snack. They also make a perfect Valentine's Day gift.

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.com


24 comments:

  1. These cookies looks so cute..perfect treat, with valentines day around

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  2. cookies so good.looks awesome......

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  3. yummy and tempting cookies ........

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  4. Wow, the cookies look so beautiful, nicely decorated..

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  5. wow.....
    cookies look so cute and luv ur presentation :)

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  6. Perfect cookies for valentines day...

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  7. This sounds YUMMY..Bookmarked..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  8. Love these cuties dear.....looks gorgeous!

    Http://onlyfishrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  9. Such cute and pretty looking treats.

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  10. Love the heart shaped cookies :)..Happy to follow your blog padhu :)

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  11. mouthwatering...delicious recipe..

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  12. Cute looking cookies. Loved the color combination.

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  13. Thank you for the nice comments on my space..:)..love your blog..joined up through the GFC...the cookies are super cute!

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  14. Perfect cookies to celebrate the occasion !! Looks so good !!

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  15. Cookies looks so cute and perfect for valentines day..

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  16. Wow, so cute looking cookies, treat to the eyes r these beauties. Lovely Cookies Padhu, well presented n nice clicks as well :)

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  17. Love the colorful cookies..looks so good..

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  18. Love the cookies, they are so cute :-) Thanks for commenting on my page...following you :-)

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  19. Hi Padhu,

    I love all your recipes and your presentations are impressive...Just wanted to know as to at what degrees did you set your oven for baking..

    Thanks

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  20. You can bake at 180 Celsius.Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes (it varies depending on the size and thickness of the cookies) or until the edges are just starting to brown.The most common temperature that I have seen for most sorts of baking is 180 Celsius. It is considered a moderate temperature.

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  21. sweet ,testy and beautiful gift for valentine day.plz tel me how to replace egg in ur recipe as v dnt eat EGG.bt i wnt to make this recipe..

    thanx for sharing PADHU..!!!

    CHetna.Bhagat

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  22. Hi Padhu,
    The dough made for basic cookies should be as pouring consistency like for making a cake or it should be more firm(stiff) as we have to roll in a plastic & refrigerate?

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