Sugar Cookie Hearts

These adorable sugar cookie hearts are perfect for sharing with the ones you love.
Intermediate Serves
SKILL LEVEL 24 cookies
Cookie Dough:
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour
4 (20 mL) teaspoons Fleischmann's® Corn Starch
1/2 (2 mL) teaspoon Fleischmann's® Baking Powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg
2 tsp (10 mL) lemon zest
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
Egg-Free Royal Icing:
3 cups (750 mL) icing sugar
3 tbsp (45 mL) warm water, divided
2 (30 mL) tablespoons Crown® Lily White® Corn Syrup
1 tsp (5 mL) almond or vanilla extract
4 drops each pink and red food colouring gel
Assorted sprinkles, dragées and/or sanding sugar

Cookie Dough: Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Sift together flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, beat sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg, lemon zest and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture in 2 additions. Divide dough into 2 portions and shape into disks; wrap each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 days.

On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 3-inch (8 cm) heart cutter, cut out 24 hearts, rerolling scraps once. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Refrigerate cookies for 10 minutes.

Bake one sheet at a time in center of oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are lightly golden and tops are set. Let cool completely on rack.

Egg-Free Royal Icing: Place icing sugar in large mixing bowl. On low speed, gradually beat in 2 tbsp. (30 mL) water until blended. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until smooth (if icing is too thick, add enough of the remaining water, 1 tsp/5 mL at a time).

Divide icing evenly among 3 bowls. Add pink food colouring to one bowl and red food colouring to another bowl. Leave the third bowl as is.  

Add pink, red and white icing to piping bag fitted with small round tip. Pipe edges of cookies with desired icing colour; fill center of cookies with desired icing colour. Decorate with assorted sprinkles, dragées and/or sanding sugar.

Tip: Alternatively, instead of icing cookies, simply sprinkle with sugar before baking.

Nutrition claims Low in fat

Low in saturated fat

Vitamin A 2%DV

Iron 2%DV

Total Time
Bake Time 20 minutes
Nutritional Facts
Total Fat grams 3.00
Saturated Fat grams 2.00
Cholesterol milligrams 15.00
Sodium milligrams 65.00
Total Carbohydrates grams 26.00
Sugar grams 0.00
Protein grams 1.00

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