Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine's Day

 I am still swooning over these heart shaped sugar cookies with Magnolia Bakery buttercream frosting that I've made for Valentine's day for several years. It is the only buttercream recipe I ever use. Even though I think making these cookies is a big accomplishment (ha ha), you must check out this Gal-entines Day Dessert Party. Major swoon!!!
My husband is drawn to hearts when we shop at antique stores and second hand stores, and sneaks a heart purchase while I am still wandering through the store. I use several of the cookie cutters making a variety of heart cookies. I use he mini one for my grandson Xavier now that he can eat cookies. 

I like to start my baking early, so here is the recipe if you'd like to try it. I was shopping for Easter bunnies yesterday. I guess in blogland we are thinking a holiday ahead :-)

World Famous Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookies with Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting

Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups vegetable shortening
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
3 1/3 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1) Preheat oven to 375°.
2) In a medium bowl, cream together the sugars and shortening using an electric mixer.
 3) Mix on slow speed 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
4) Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes.
5) Slowly add vanilla and beaten egg while mixing.
6) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, mixing on slow speed until just blended. Do not overmix.
 7) Scoop with an ice-cream scoop if decorating with sugar only
8) Place directly on cookie sheet.
9) Bake at 375° for 9-10 minutes. Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden. Ideally, the edges do not brown.

If making cut out cookies form dough in to two balls, chill dough in refrigerator for at least two hours covered.

Roll out dough on floured surface and cut out cookies with desired shaped cookie cutters.
Place directly on cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 9-10 minutes. Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden. Ideally, the edges do not brown.

Decorate with Buttercream Frosting or Sugar (See recipe below).

Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. They are cute! But it's your husband's attraction to hearts that gets me;) Sweet vignette!!♥

  2. Very pretty in pink, Debbie! I can tell my the cup of powdered sugar that they must be flaky and delicious. Love your collection of hearts ♥

  3. OMGoodness, those cookies took my breath away when I linked over to your blog. They are so pretty!!!! I want to make them!

  4. Joe is one of the most thoughtful guys I think I've ever had the pleasure of virtually meeting. Love your plate of hearts. Buttercream icing can bring a man to his knees, I know...:)
    That Figs and Twigs post though! ♥
    Happy weekend, Debbie.

  5. Isn't your Joe the sweetest man? I love that he sneaks shopping for hearts! Those buttercream frosted heart cookies are calling my name, Debbie! xo

  6. Your cookies look like they would melt in your mouth! So pretty! How sweet to have such a romantic husband, not to mention he loves MKC too! And the Figs and Twigs party, well it left me speechless, wow!!!

  7. I could inhale those cookies in a matter of seconds. Enjoy your weekend, Debbie.

  8. Dear Deb, the perfect cookie and frosting for Valentine's Day. Love the pretty color and all your hearts. Adorable vignette. Have a happy week.......

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  10. Debbie, not sure how I missed this in February. I love seeing your plate of heart treasures that Joe has picked up for you through the years. I have a group of copper hearts that my chef gave me throught out the early years of our marriage. I, too, am drawn to the shape of the heart and have long collected heart shaped cookie cutters. I will need to make this recipe.

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