I adore a simple, crunchy, lightly sweet slice and bake butter cookie. They are lovely rolled in colored sugar, chopped nuts or coconut. For a quick Valentine’s Day treat, I rolled my cookie dough log in homemade colored sugar and shaped it into a heart when it was partially chilled. Once it was completely firm, I just sliced it, revealing darling heart cookies with a red sugar edge. Super simple and a gorgeous little gift! Recipe after the jump.
Heart Shaped Slice and Bake Butter Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- red or pink sanding, sparkling or regular sugar
Cream the butter, sugar and salt together in a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, and mix just until the dough comes together and everything is incorporated. Do not over-mix your dough. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a 2″-2 1/2″ diameter log. Spread your colored sugar out on a cookie sheet or on parchment paper. Roll each cookie dough log in the sugar and press to coat completely. Wrap in plastic wrap or paper and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour before shaping. Take the log out and gently press at an angle with your hands along the length of the log to form a peak (this will be the bottom point of the heart). Use a chopstick or skewer to form the indentation along the opposite end and use your hands to form the top of the heart. You might need to re-coat a few areas with sugar after forming your heart. Wrap up each heart log and chill until completely firm. Preheat oven to 350. Slice 1/4″ thick slices with a sharp knife and bake cookies on a parchment covered cookie sheet until bottoms are a light golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.