Happy Healthy Holidays!
Delight your sweetheart's sweet tooth with this Valentine's Day treat of sweetheart cookies. They're fun to make and yummy to eat.
1 cup unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 bag (11 ounces) milk or dark chocolate, melted
Various heart cookie cutters (Have fun! Use big and little heart cut-outs; scalloped edges add variety.)
Red, pink and white M and Ms Brand Chocolate Candies for the Holidays for decorating
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt, egg and vanilla and continue to beat until well blended. Gradually blend in flour until fully incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface or between two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap to a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Cut into heart shapes and/or use heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place on parchment covered baking sheet. Bake until golden brown (eight to ten minutes). Cool.
To melt chocolate hearts, microwave approximately three to four minutes on medium power, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, being very careful not to burn.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies.