Braided Sweetheart Cookies Recipe

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Braided Sweetheart Cookies Recipe
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  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 6 to 8 drops red food coloring
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough in half; tint one portion pink, leaving the remaining portion white. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. For each cookie, shape a 1-in. ball of each color into an 8-in. rope. Place a pink and white rope side-by-side; press together gently and twist. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; shape into a heart and pinch ends to seal.
  4. Bake at 350° for 8-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
  5. Editor's Note: If cookies spread during baking, place the baking sheets with shape dough in the freezer for 10 minutes, then bake for 11-12 minutes. Tip: Fix cookies ahead and freeze until serving.
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