Valentine's Day is coming up - have you figured out what you're baking up? If you've got a crowd to feed for the special day (or just someone who loves sweet treats!), you'll love these Basket-Weave Heart Cookies!
With not very much effort, you can bake these gorgeously woven heart-shaped cookies. They taste just like sugar cookies, but with pretty colors! You'll love these cookies.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, cut into chunks
- ⅛ teaspoon red gel food coloring
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon red gel food coloring
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl, then set aside.
Place sugar, cold butter, and 1/8 teaspoon red food color into bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Beat at medium speed until well combined. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract; beat until well mixed. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed until just combined.
Knead dough to incorporate crumbs and form a smooth dough. Remove half of dough from bowl.
Add 1/4 teaspoon red food color to dough remaining in bowl. Mix just until well combined.
Roll out each section of dough on lightly floured surface into rectangle that is slightly thicker than 1/8-inch. Cut rectangles into 3/4-inch strips. Weave red dough with pink dough, leaving no space in between, to create a basket-weave pattern.
Gently press together using rolling pin. Cut weaved dough using 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter dipped into flour. Using small metal spatula, place onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack to cool completely.