1 c butter, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 t salt
2 t meringue powder
Pink/red sanding sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.
Place 1 dough disk on a heavily floured surface, and roll to 1/8” thickness. Cut with a 3” heart-shaped cutter. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes).
Whisk together meringue powder and 2 T water. Brush cookies with mixture, or dip cookies in mixture, and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
Time: 1.5 hrs Makes: 2.5 dozen
I love these cookies because they only have to be chilled for 10 minutes versus several hours.
For jumbo cookies: Cut rolled-out dough with a 4 ½” heart-shaped cutter. Bake at 350° for 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes: about 1 dozen.
For bite-size cookies: Cut rolled-out dough with a 1-inch heart-shaped cutter. Bake at 350° for 8 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes: about 20 dozen.