Be My Valentine Sugar Cookies
I found these absolutely darling Valentines Day cookies on Bakerella.com. They look like they were created by cupid himself. Check out this recipe for Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies with Fondant Icing.
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I've stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.
Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (put in the freezer for 5 min.) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Now for the fun part. Bakerella used these darling charms to and pressed them into colored fondant. You can virtually use any color fondant to achieve your Valentines Day look.
Finally she applied the fondant to each cookie. She took a thin layer of a sticky frosting to be the adhesive for the fondant and then applied the fondant to each cookie.
And how cute are these fondant topped cupcakes!