Valentine Cutout Sugar Cookies

Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I wanted to share this little moment to tell the people in my life that they are special to me.  While I may not be good a communicating all the time with words, I do communicate with the food I create.  This is my go to recipe for cutout cookies. This recipe was given to me to be a friend a number of years ago. Pam S. was the mom who did everything, baking, cooking, sewing and was the room mother for all her childrens classrooms. These cookies have been taken bake sales and block parties too many to count.

Once I tried this recipe I have never used any other recipe, it’s just that good. Tender, not hard, like some cutout cookies, and just the right amount of butter for richness.  These cookies are the way I say I love you!

Valentine Cutout Sugar Cookies

2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla paste
4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a stand mixer cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla paste and mix well. Sift together flour and sugar and combine into the butter mixture.
Chill dough in the refrigerator for one hour.
Roll out a portion on a floured surface and cut in to desired shapes.

 

Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until golden.

Cool and decorate with royal icing.

~ OXOX ~

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