Celebrate Valentine's Day with these heart-shaped sugar cookies! This recipe uses whole-wheat pastry flour, cream cheese and lemon extract to make a healthier (and delicious!) cookie perfect for decorating. Set out a plate to get the conversation started.

Karen Rankin
Source: EatingWell.com, February 2020

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Recipe Summary

active:
1 hr
total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
16
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

Cookies
Icing

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cookies: Whisk flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. Place butter, sugar and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg; beat until well combined. Add lemon extract; beat until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually add the flour mixture, beating until dough forms.

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  • Shape the dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 4 1/4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 16 cookies, re-rolling the scraps as necessary. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  • To prepare icing: Sift confectioners' sugar and dried egg whites together in a medium bowl. Stir in water, corn syrup and lemon extract until smooth. Divide among 5 bowls (about 1/4 cup icing per bowl); stir 1 to 2 drops of food coloring into each portion until desired colors are achieved. Reserve 1 bowl of icing for writing messages on the cookies, adding 6 to 8 drops of red to make dark pink icing for writing. (To prevent the icing from drying out, keep it covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use.) You may need to add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon water to thin the icing to the proper consistency. When ready to decorate, spoon each icing into a pastry bag with a writing tip. Outline the edges of the cookie and fill with the desired color. Let dry for 1 hour. Pipe on conversation heart message of choice.

Tips

Equipment: Parchment paper; 4 1/4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 40.3g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 1.6g 6% DV; sugars 29g; fat 8.5g 13% DV; saturated fat 5g 25% DV; cholesterol 32.5mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 259.7IU 5% DV; folate 8.7mcg 2% DV; calcium 16.3mg 2% DV; iron 0.6mg 4% DV; magnesium 22.5mg 8% DV; potassium 78mg 2% DV; sodium 108.7mg 4% DV.