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Valentine’s Day V :: Jay Z and Beyonce’s Baby Blue Valentine Cookies

15 Feb

  • 1/2 c. butter, room, unsalted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • ½  tsp. baking powder
  • ½  tsp. salt
  • blue jolly ranchers or other blue hard candy, crushed.
  • Optional ingredients: icing, sprinklesfor decoration
Quick royal icing recipe: beat 2 large egg whites with 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice with electric mixer until combined. Gradually add 3 cups of confectioners sugar until desired consistency.
Directions: cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and egg. Combine with flour, baking powder, and salt. Chill dough overnight or for at least 45 min. before baking, crush blue jolly ranchers with a sharp knife or smash while wrapped in tea towel with hammer. Preheat oven to 400 F, roll out onto floured surface to a quarter inch thickness. Cut out heart shapes with cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart on ungreased parchment paper on cookie sheet. Bake for 6 minutes. Take out cookies and immediately cut out desired shape into the cookies while still soft. Place enough crushed jolly ranchers in the cutouts to cover the area and pop cookies back in oven at 200F for approximately 5 minutes. Surface of candy should come out glossy and cookies should now be completely done, with golden edges. Let sit for 15 minutes, or until candy surface is hard to the touch, carefully peel off from parchment paper and decorate if desired .

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