There is nothing more fulfilling when you prepare food for your loved ones, especially on days like Valentine’s Day. Every year I make Valentine’s Cookies for my partner, or sometimes I get an order from my friends for their partners.
This year I decided not to make classical sugar cookies because their taste is very basic. Instead I added shredded coconut in the dough and they turned out very tasty, I almost ate them all before I got to decorate them 😛
For decorating I used white and red background made of royal icing, and I drew most of the cookies with edible pens in yellow, blue and black color (I only had those colors). If you are creative there are countless designs you can make with these Valentine’s cookies, especially if you have these pens, because you can concentrate on the details. But please be precautious before you start drawing your cookies, the royal icing MUST be totally dry, or you will make holes in the icing. That’s why I ice the cookies the day before and wait overnight before I start drawing.
For those who don’t have too much time for decorating, I would suggest using sprinkles. The cookies will look good without making much effort.
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Coconut Sugar Cookies:
250 g butter (softened)
150 g powdered sugar
400 g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
200 g shredded coconut
1 egg white
150 g powdered sugar
1. In a large bowl beat butter with powdered sugar with electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and continue mixing
2. Add flour and baking powder in two batches and mix on low speed. Add the coconut and continue mixing until everything is well incorporated. Knead the dough by hand to form a ball
3. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to chill or 20 minutes in the freezer
4. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/395 F. Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper
5. Roll the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin, around 6 mm thick (I use this adjustable rolling pin, with removable multi-sized discs to ensure getting the desired thickness of the rolled dough). With cookie cutter cut any shapes you like. Line the cookies on the baking trays and bake them around 10 minutes, depending on their size. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely
6. For the royal icing beat the egg white until frothy. Add the powdered sugar and mix until you get thick mass. If the frosting is not enough thick add more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. If you’re using food colorings divide the mixture, add the food colorings and mix it until the icing is homogenous. Pour it in a piping bag and start decorating.
Happy Valentine’s Day!