Valentine's Day Cookies

  • Course: Dessert

Share the love with these creative Valentine’s Day sugar cookies! Reynolds® Cookie Baking Sheets lay flat right out of the box and make cleanup fast and easy. So bake a batch of cookies for your sweetie without all the mess.

Reynolds Kitchens tip

Cleanup is a breeze with Reynolds® Cookie Baking Sheets – no scraping or scrubbing needed. Just toss out the Cookie Baking Sheet and wipe down your pan.

Ingredients

COOKIES:

  • 1 package (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • Reynolds® Parchment Paper

SUGAR COOKIE ICING:

  • 1 box (1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder (powdered egg whites)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon flavoring extract, optional
  • Food coloring

DECORATIONS:

  • Red food coloring
  • Red and Pink sugar crystals
  • White nonpareils

Directions

Step 1

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

Step 2

LINE cookie sheets with Reynolds Parchment Paper; set aside. No need to add extra grease or spray your cookie sheets. KNEAD flour into sugar cookie dough until well blended. ROLL out half of cookie dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness between lightly floured sheets of Parchment Paper. Using Valentine cookie cutters, cut out cookies; place on parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Step 3

BEAT powdered sugar, meringue powder, water and extract in a large bowl, with an electric mixer, on high speed until smooth and thick, about 1 minute.

Step 4

DIVIDE icing into 3 small bowls. Leave one bowl of icing white. Stir food coloring in remaining 2 bowls to make pink and red icing of desired color. Cover icing tightly when not in use, icing dries quickly.

Step 5

PIPE outlines of cookies with contrasting colors of icing using a decorating bag with tip. Or, place icing in plastic zipper bags. Snip off one corner with scissors and use to pipe icing.

Step 6

FOR SUGARED OUTLINES, sprinkle heavily with sugar crystals or nonpareils while icing is wet. Lightly shake off excess crystals.

TIP: Sprinkle over Parchment Paper to catch excess for reuse.

Step 7

TO ICE INSIDE OUTLINES, add a little water to thin icing, if necessary. Spoon a small amount of icing onto outlined cookies. Using a brush, small spatula or your finger, spread icing up to outline to fill in spaces.

Step 8

FOR OTHER DECORATIONS, use same techniques for piping dots, drizzles or to write messages.

TIP: Cover icing at all times. Icing can dry out quickly. Let icing dry before adding a different color of icing. If icing is still wet, colors will blend.

Step 9

BAKE 7 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies or until the edges begin to brown. Let stand one minute on cookie sheets. Slide Parchment Paper with cookies onto a wire racks to cool completely.

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