Queen of Hearts Cookies

Queen of Hearts Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies Prep 40 mins Chill 30 mins Bake 350°F 10 mins to 12 mins per batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup crushed red hard candy (see note)

Make It

1. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla 3 to 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt and continue beating 2 minutes more, until well blended.

2. Roll dough into a 2-inch-thick log. Wrap in plastic and chill 30 minutes.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil. Cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices and place on sheets 3 inches apart. Cut out heart shapes from centers of slices with cookie cutters in assorted sizes. Place heart-shaped cutouts alongside larger cookies. Bake 10 minutes.

4. Take baking sheets out of the oven and remove small cookies; fill large cookie centers with crushed candy; bake 1 to 2 minutes more, or until candy melts. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough and candy.

Note

  • For mess-proof crushing, place candy in a resealable plastic bag and pound with a rolling pin. For red-and-white swirl centers, we used Life Savers Creme Savers Strawberries and Creme.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 166, Fat, total (g): 8, carb. (g): 22, pro. (g): 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.