<3 Valentine's Day for singles <3

Yes, this involves more cookies. You know, Valentine’s Day is a day for love (and sweets), and love (and sweets) is for everybody. So, single friends, let’s make our Valentine’s Day awesome! What follows is a slightly modified version of my sugar cookie recipe, along with a few pictures of how I make my favorite VDay cookies. I made a half recipe.

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In this bowl, we have:

Ener-G Egg Replacer, equivalent to one egg
1 C white sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
3/4 C Smart Balance
3/4 C coconut milk beverage
1/2 tsp vanilla

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In this bowl we have:

1/4 tsp salt
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 1/2 C flour (I did 3 1/2 C white flour and 1 C oat flour)
cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to taste
Optional: A few pinches of nutritional yeast
Mix dry ingredients…

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Mix wet.

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Mix dry into wet a little at a time, until…

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dough forms. After a while it started getting hard to mix with the handmixer, so I took my ring off and did it by hand. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy, it’s fun!

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Now, tear off a chunk of dough and roll it out 1/4″ to 1/8″, depending on the cookie cutter you’re using. For HRM cutters, it’s somewhere in between there.

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In this case they can be thicker because I’m using a pattern I made myself, and I don’t have to press it in. I simply drew a human heart onto a thin piece of cardboard, cut out the shape, and I lay it on the cookie dough. (Yes, I know I’m not the best artist)

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Now take a little knife, I use a paring knife…

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and cut out the shape, staying as close to the pattern as possible.

Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 8 minutes, or until they are lightly browned around the edges. Don’t over-bake them, or they’ll get really hard!!

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Here they are with the other cookies I did, we’ll get to the others in a bit.

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I made an icing with 1/4 C confectioners sugar, red food coloring, a little raspberry extract (to taste), and water. Add water just a tiny bit at a time. You want the icing to be loose enough to spread easily, but thick enough that it won’t run all over the place.
I spread mine on the main part of the heart with a small butter knife, then use the tip of the handle of a food-grade paintbrush to do the drop of blood. Let the icing dry.

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Voila. Bleeding heart Valentine’s cookies! Eat them all yourself, or share them with some other lonely person. Haha. Half joking…! They also look great in hot pink, or with sprinkles.

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Now, if you’re using an HRM cutter, dip it in flour, then tap it on the side of a bowl to get the excess flour off.

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Then you can really press it hard into the dough and wiggle it around a little to make a clear impression, and you shouldn’t have any problems with the dough sticking. These were for Mr. Lincoln’s birthday yesterday 🙂

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Now, for the icing for my Abe bust cookies, I did 1/4 C confectioners sugar, 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder, a little vanilla, a little water.

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Mix it up. Yeah, it might not look too pretty, but it tastes good.

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Again, I apply with a butter knife.

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All done.

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I think he approves,

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although I still think some of them look more like JFK. Oh well.

How are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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