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Basket-Weave Heart Cookies Are a Sweet Way to Bake for Valentine's Day!

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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.

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Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

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Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl, then set aside.

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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.

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Knead dough to incorporate crumbs and form a smooth dough. Remove half of dough from bowl.

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Add 1/4 teaspoon red food color to dough remaining in bowl. Mix just until well combined.

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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.

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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.

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