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Valentine Cookie Bouquet

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

"I always try to do something special with my fair entries. This cookie bouquet was a blue-ribbon winner," says Marlene Gates, Sun City, Arizona. "It is a great gift for a loved one or makes a nice Valentine's Day centerpiece."
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 24 long wooden skewers
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk, egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Place skewers on top of each cookie with one end of each skewer about 1 in. from top of each heart. Gently press into the dough. Place a little extra dough over each skewer; press into cookie to secure.
  4. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  5. Roll out remaining dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Cut out centers with a 1-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  6. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar and enough cherry juice to achieve spreading consistency. Gently spread frosting over cookies with skewers; top with cookies with cutout centers.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 234 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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