These delicious cookies are our family Valentine tradition. I make the dough — Jared & Jacob help me cutout & decorate the cookies. Once baked & decorated, these cookies never last long!! Click here for a printable file of the recipe. It’s a fun family project.
NOTE: The recipe file link is a PDF which requires a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free from adobe.com .
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Also required: 1 heart shaped cookie cutter
Allow butter & cream cheese to soften at room temperature at least 30 minutes.
Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl until evenly distributed.
Use an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Beat in sugar until well mixed. Add vanilla and egg, beat well.
Use low to medium mixer speed and gradually add in flour/baking powder to the butter/cream cheese/sugar mixture. Mix until completely and evenly combined.
Divide mixture into two even parts.
Wrap each part in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator approximately 2 hours or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove chilled dough from refrigerator.
Roll out to approximately 1/8” thickness on a well-floured surface. Cut out heart shapes with cookie cutters. Place on un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for approx. 8 – 10 minutes (time may vary depending upon your oven, altitude, etc.).
Remove from oven. Cool completely, spread with your favorite icing & sprinkles, as desired.