Our family enjoys a number of traditions each year on Valentine’s Day, especially our favorite Valentine’s Day Cut-Out Cookies. This cut-out cookie recipe is hands down our family’s favorite, and the cookies seem to disappear almost as fast as I make them!
It’s an easy recipe, but as with most cut-out cookies, they do take awhile to roll out, cut into shapes, bake, and ice. However, they are definitely worth the effort.
Cut-Out Cookies Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp. almond flavoring
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Mix together butter, sugar, and egg until well blended. Stir in almond flavoring. Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually add to butter mixture until well blended. Chill dough several hours or overnight.
Roll out dough to approximately a 1/16″ thickness. Dip cookie cutter into flour, and cut out dough into heart shapes. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet.
When the cookies have cooled, ice them with the following icing:
Butter Cream Icing Recipe
1 lb. box of confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1-2 Tbsp. milk
Soften butter in microwave. Combine powdered sugar, butter, and almond flavoring. Mix until combined. Gradually add milk until icing is of desired consistency.
We also make these cookies at Christmastime, and cut them into various Christmas-themed shapes. Instead of just icing, we often decorate them with colored sugars and sprinkles as well. It makes for a messy kitchen, but delicious (and cute!) cookies.