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This Valentine’s Day I am making two desserts over the weekend that are sure to become a holiday favorite in your home as well as ours. The first one will be butter cut-out cookies, these are great for kids and adults alike, in taste as well as production. Release all your pent-up creativity! Make designs that you never imagined possible! Make or buy wild icing colors that have nothing to do with Valentine’s Day! Ask yourself what is the real purpose of Valentine’s Day if you’re single (duh, you get to eat all the cookies and cupcakes)….oh, and be sure to use your favorite heart shaped cookie cutters.:)

The Ingredients: 1 stick softened butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups cake flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup choc. chips, vanilla or cream cheese frosting.

Cooking Tip: For these cookies, canned frosting works best. I used cream-cheese, but vanilla or chocolate is fine too.

Using the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and egg in the bowl of your stand mixer for two minutes or until it reaches a mousse-like consistency. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix until just combined. Remove the mixing bowl from the mixer and fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes, this ensures that it is nice and firm for the cookie cutters. Using a small or medium cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. There should be fifteen to sixteen total. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, don’t be afraid to take them out early, these cookies harden as they cool. Remove from the oven, let cool completely. Frost and decorate with heart sprinkles.

Aren’t these too cute??? I just ate one and believe me, they are delicious, especially with chocolate chips!

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