Valentine Cookie Bouquet Recipe

Valentine Cookie Bouquet Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  8. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 24 long wooden skewers
FROSTING
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  3. 2 to 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk, egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Place skewers on top of each cookie with one end of each skewer about 1 in. from top of each heart. Gently press into the dough. Place a little extra dough over each skewer; press into cookie to secure.
  4. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  5. Roll out remaining dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Cut out centers with a 1-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  6. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar and enough cherry juice to achieve spreading consistency. Gently spread frosting over cookies with skewers; top with cookies with cutout centers. Yield: 2 dozen.
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