These lovely cookies are so adorable, and with just the right sweetness, it can make the boy of your dreams melt with adoration. You see, based on my experiences (with boy friends and boyfriend), they are not so into the overly sweet stuff that I gobble up whenever I need some cheering up or something. They like the "just right" type, bittersweet, less sugar, you know. Trying to show off their manly manliness or just not fond of the extra sugar, whichever the reason is.
This recipe makes use of powdered or confectioner's sugar. Now a lot of people complain that it's expensive, but it's not, when you buy from a wholesale baking supplies shop like I do. It's actually cheap. I love eating powdered sugar since I was a kid on the streets. They have these small plastic baby bottles in the sari-sari stores here in the Philippines containing powdered sugar, which, at that time, I was told by the tinderas that they are special sweet milk powder. Ooohh they are so good that I still eat small teaspoonfuls of powdered sugar up to now.
The iHeart cookies are a favorite of my hunny. He just loves their "crumbly crumbliness" and their sweet trails on his voracious taste buds. This is definitely a keeper. You can sandwich two of these with Nutella as filling, they are so scrumptious! The photo above right is the cooked cookie! Cute, isn't it?
iHeart Cookie Recipe
Note: I use measuring spoons and measuring cups for my recipes, so if you're using normal utensils the measurements would not be accurate and much less than indicated.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp brandy
- 1 tsp vanilla
- red food coloring
- Sift together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Divide the butter into small parts, then add to the flour mixture one by one. Do not melt the butter. Mix on low speed, or mix with your hand until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and brandy, and mix with your hand until the dough is smooth.
- Add food color drop by drop until desired color is achieved, depending on the brand. I used around 6 drops. Mix well.
- Chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough to 1/3" thickness, and cut using heart cookie cutter.
- Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes, until they are done.
- Turn off oven and let cookies cook in the remaining heat for 5 more minutes, then transfer to rack to cool completely.