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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookies - Pink Saturday - Saturday Blog Showcase



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I spent some time at the Cookie Madness blogsite looking for a recipe for rolled sugar cookies. I know there are loads of recipes for them floating in cyberspace, but I was short of time and needed a recipe I could count on. Anna has never disappointed me. If you haven't visited her site, I hope you'll drop-by when you have some time. It's a baker's paradise. You can find Anna's recipe for No-Fail Cut Out Sugar Cookies here. I didn't use Anna's icing for the cookies, because I wanted to flood, rather than spread, them with icing. I decided to use the frosting I used to top shortbread hearts several weeks ago. The frosting recipe can be found here. In order to create the marbled appearance, I made three batches of icing and swirled the colors to achieve the effect I was looking for. I had seen this combination in a local bakery and like it enough to use here. I find my icing much easier to work with than fondant and - from a great distance - they look the same. Here's the recipe for Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookies.

Marbled Sweetheart Sugar Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Anna Ginsberg at Cookie Madness

Ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks butter, unsalted, cool room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract (or almond) (dash)
1 large egg

Directions:
1) Place flour and baking podwer in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
2) Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in salt and extract/extracts. Scrape sides of bowl and beat in egg, beating only until egg is blended in.
3) Add flour mixture gradually (1 cup at a time) and stir until incorporated.
4) Form dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
5) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface to approximately 5/8″ thick. Cut cookies into shapes and place cut cookie shape on a parchment lined cookie.
6) Bake the cookies for approximately 10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown in color. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Frost when completely cool. Yield: 18-24 heart shaped sugar cookies.

You might also enjoy:

Chocolate Peppermint Pie
Cranberry Souffle
Raspberry Streusel Muffins

This post is being linked to:

Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound

being hosted this week by Lori at All That Splatters

40 comments:

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Mary, those cookies are absolutely beautiful!! I love making decorated sugar cookies. I'll be trying this recipe very soon. Thanks for participating in Saturday Blog Showcase!!

Liesl said...

These cookies are so adorable! Great job decorating!

Martha said...

These look like works of art, thank you, Mary for sharing your wonderful talent.
I am featuring you as my blogger for P.S. when my post goes up tonight at 12 MN California time. Thank you.

Selba said...

Those sugar cookies look so pretty!

Happy Valentine's Day, Mary...

Hugs & kisses.

Martha said...

Very pretty cookies -- love the marbelized look!

Donna-FFW said...

I am loving the marbled effect. They look so very pretty!!

CC said...

Mary..
You have outdone yourself with the cookies. They are absolutely gorgeous and way too pretty to bite into one. Happy Pinks and Happy Valentines Day..

Peggy Clyde. said...

Those cookies are most beautiful. Thanks you.

Ashleigh said...

Yes, they look too pretty to eat.

MonsterMama said...

Those are beautiful!

Debinhawaii said...

Gorgeous cookies--all of my favorite colors!

zurin said...

gorgeous cookies in spectacular colour!!!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, you have quickly become one of our favorite places to visit each day-it seems we like so many of the same things. We love making and decorating sugar cookies and these are gorgeous! Thank you for the birthday wishes for Allie. She gets so excited reading the blog comments every day-it's fun to watch and as every mama to a teenage girl knows- I'll take any fun time together I can get!
xoxo Pattie

Rettabug said...

Holy Crimoli, Mary....these are too pretty to eat! They're tiny works of art!
I'll go back & visit both links as soon as I post this, so I can bookmark them & yours as well. They're just exquisite!

Happy Valentines Day!

fondly,
Rett

Barbara said...

I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful cookie, Mary! The marbelized effect is spectacular. I wish someone would give me one of those for Valentine's Day, although I think I would just sit and stare at it!

Regina said...

How pretty!
Thank you again for sharing the sweet treat.
Happy PS and A Valentine's Day Mary.

La Table De Nana said...

I've never seen those! Fabulous idea.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

So artistic! I have never seen tie-died cookies before. ;-)

Katy ~ said...

Beautiful! Too pretty to eat, grins.

Joyce said...

What a totally unique look to your cookies. I have a baby shower coming up with the bloggers here and may give this a try as I am always looking for different ways to present the basic cookie. Thanks for posting and Happy Valentine's day.
Joyce

Thibeault's Table said...

What a beautiful cookie. You really did a great job with the marbling.

George Gaston said...

Mary, your cookie creations here are spectacular. Your artistic edible art is almost to beautiful to eat. But knowing your culinary skills, they taste as delicious as they look.

Hope you have a wonderful happy Valentine's!

Wobegon Cottage(alice) said...

Those really are a work of art, very pretty. I was just telling my grandughter,when she was visiting at Christmas, how she didn't have to chose to be an artist or a baker she could be both. She coould use her artistic talent in baking and cooking and your cookies prove it.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mary!!! I can't believe these cookies! I honestly thought they were ceramic when I saw them. Amazing! You are a true marvel, an artist of the highest degree!

Happy Pink Saturday and a Happy Valentine's Day as well...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

That beautiful marbling reminds me of Venetian hand-dyed papers.

Claudia said...

Stunningly sweet. Oh how I covet these.Hppy Valentine'say.

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh Mary,the delightfully cutey valentine cookies...how creative Mary...love 'em....

oh yeah...LOVES IS SO IN THE AIR,SO IS ROMANCE ,WISH U ALL LOADS OF IT @ 365

Cathy said...

Great technique with the icing, Mary. I've been working all week on finding a recipe for royal icing that I like. I love how you've marbled the colors...very fancy.

Karen said...

Beautiful cookies - love the marble effect!

Kathleen said...

They are beautiful..no fans of fondant here, give us icing any day!
Every wedding I go to where there is fondant on the cake, everyone seems to pick it off and leave it on the plate!

Debbie said...

Mary those cookies look absolutely delicious! I love Anna's site and you are right - she never disappoints!

Memória said...

What a beautiful work of art. They don't even look like cookies! I would be afraid to eat them...then I would get over it haha.

caren said...

The cookies are too beautiful to eat!! : ) However, I would love to have one right now. Happy Valentine's Day and Pink Saturday.

Coleen's Recipes said...

Your cookies are almost too pretty to eat!! You'll notice I said "almost"...very little stands in the way of a good cookie around here.

Kim said...

Those are absolutely beautiful cookies! I don't even know if I could eat them:D

jeanne said...

Hello Mary, I am still visiting Pinkies and there are sooo many this week. My company left today and I am finally able to play on the computer.

I hope your shoulder has improved. Oddly enough my arm has been hurting so bad and x-rays show a bone spur. Maybe a torn muscle. I have to have a MRI tomorrow. Sigh.

Your cookies look beautiful. I would not have thought of mixing the icing colors for this effect. So pretty. I like the recipe because it is big.

Happy Valentines Day,
Hugs, Jeanne

dana said...

Happy Pink Sat..and Valentine's Day! Oooooo, these cookies look so yummy! I had intended on making your shortbread hearts for this weekend, but didn't pull that off (I've been fighting a "bug"). However, I am happy to report that I DID make your yummy raspberry muffins for me and my hubby. YUM...they were wonderful!
Thank you!

Dana

Anna said...

That's definitely edible art, and I know they taste good because I'm familiar with the recipe ;). Thanks for the Cookie Madness shout out. I'm in the process of re-organizing things to make it even easier to navigate. I've been blogging for so long I sometimes forget what I've already made.

My Little Space said...

Beautiful cookies! Happy Valentine's Day to you & your sweetheart. Hope you have a wonderful time!

Rettabug said...

Just wanted to let you know I've made this cookie dough this morning & it is chilling. Thanks for taking the time to post about it & provide the links, Mary. I trust your opinion SO much!

I'm going to roll & cut out crosses for DGS#1 Confirmation party on Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!!
Wish I could paint them like you do!! I think I'll stick with a pale blue background & little dots & curls of white icing, like I did for Easter. No time to experiment!

Thanks again for ALL the inspiration your provide to me & others.

Hugs,
Rett

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