Skip the candy and spend some time with family or friends making simple sugar cookies to give this Valentines Day.  Great afternoon fun with the kids or add a bottle of champagne and turn it into a girls night!  Choose mason jars or simple boxes with red ribbon and spread love with a sweet treat this year!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE COOKIES

3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 c. granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp. milk

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened

4 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Pink and red food coloring

Sprinkles, Candy to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined. 
  2. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. When ready to roll, preheat oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out dough until 1/8” thick. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared baking sheets. 
  4. Bake until edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  5. Make frosting: In a large bow using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined. 
  6. Divide frosting into 3 bowls. Add pink food coloring to one bowl and red food coloring to another. Stir each bowl and add more food coloring until desired color is reached. Frost cookies with each color of frosting, then top with sprinkles or candy.