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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Conversation Hearts

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

  • 1 c butter
  • 3 oz 6 tbsp cream cheese
  • .5 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • .25 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 c flour

Butter Icing

  • 3 c icing sugar
  • 6 tbs butter slightly softened
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 + tbs milk
  • gel or liquid food colouring to suit

Script Icing [if not store bought]

  • icing sugar
  • milk
  • gel or liquid food colouring to suit

Instructions

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

  • Cream the butter, cream cheese & sugar in a mixer or by hand.
  • Add the egg, salt, & vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour by the .5 cup until a soft dough forms.
  • Refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Roll cookies on a floured surface or between parchment or waxed paper ~.25-in thick.
  • Cut into heart shapes.
  • Place onto parchment or silpat lined pans.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes or until slightly brown at the edges.
  • Cool cookies completely.
  • Make Base Icing & Script Icing
  • Ice Cookies with Base Icing.
  • Allow icing to firm up for at least 30 minutes before applying Script Icing.
  • Apply words to your cookies with the Script Icing.
  • Phrases to try: LOVE, BE MINE, FRIENDS, URGR8, LOL, SAY YES, MARRY ME, SWEETHEART, FATE, KISMET, XOXO...

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

  • Blend the butter, sugar, milk & vanilla in a mixer, starting on low speed and moving to medium-high as the icing comes together.
  • Add additional bits of milk by the tablespoon until the icing just reaches a spreadable consistency.
  • [Optional] Divide icing into several bowls.
  • Add gel or liquid food colour [to each batch] to suit.
  • We used pink, purple, blue, and green

Script Icing [3 Options]

  • Small gel decorator icing tubes from the grocery store, or a larger store-bought tube fitted with a small circular icing tip.
  • Reserve left-over base icing, add additional icing sugar [and food colouring] if necessary to get to a pipe-able consistency.
  • Add small amounts of milk by the tablespoon to 1 or more cups of icing sugar until you achieve a thick, pipe-able consistency. Colour as desired.
  • Options 2 and 3 should be placed in a piping bag fitted with a very small circular tip for writing.