1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well. Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture, one cup at a time. Beat until well blended. Do not chill dough. Divide dough in half; use one half each for Sweet Love Cookies and Got a Crush on You Cupcakes.
Sweet Love Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
These bite-size hearts are so easy to make but hard to resist! Buttery, subtly sweet cookie dough is pressed into a pan with heart-shaped cavities, then baked. Cooled cookies are glazed with melted white candy and sprinkled with colorful nonpareils.
Sugar Cookie Dough (1/2 of the prepared dough)
3 packages (14 ounces each) White Candy Melts
Valentine Nonpareils or other Valentine Sugars and Sprinkles
Preheat oven to 375∞F. Spray Petite Heart Pan cavities with vegetable pan spray.
Press dough into cavities, filling 2/3 full. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap to remove cookies. Cool completely on cooling grid.
Working with 4 to 5 cookies at a time, place cookies on cooling grid positioned over parchment paper lined cookie sheet or pan. Melt Candy Melts following package instructions; pour or pipe over cookie and let set briefly. Sprinkle with nonpareils. Let dry completely.
Fact BoxLove at First Bite
(Family Features) Cupid's day calls for yummy desserts that say "you're special" at first sight and first bite!
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