Valentine Cookies

Have fun personalizing these cut-out cookies. They're perfect for Valentines Day or any special occasion.

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Makes:
18 servings
Yields:
2 large and 6 small cookies
Prep:
25 mins
Chill:
2 hrs
Bake:
10 mins 375°F
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Valentine Cookies

Ingredients
1 1/4
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
 
dash salt
1/3
cup shortening
1
egg
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
3
drops oil of cinnamon (optional)
1/4
cup hard cinnamon candies, finely crushed

Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl beat sugar and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and oil of cinnamon, if desired; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator about 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Cut a 10x8-inch heart pattern from paper. Halve dough. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil. Place half of the dough on each cookie sheet; roll into 10x8-inch rectangles. With pattern, cut dough into heart shapes. Reserve scraps. (If dough seems too soft, freeze 30 minutes or until firm.) Use alphabet- and heart-shaped cutters to cut out a message from each cookie. Remove dough from cutters.
  3. Spoon candy into cutouts to fill holes to level of the dough. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy is melted and cookies are done. Cool on cookie sheets. Peel foil from cookies. Reroll dough scraps; cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Cool on pan. Makes 2 large and 6 small cookies (18 servings).
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