Monday, February 14, 2011

heart-glazed cornmeal cookies

the goods:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 and 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 drops red or pink food coloring

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar on medium-high until creamy, 3 minutes. Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.

Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl; roll dough into 1-inch balls and coat with sugar. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. With bottom of a glass, flatten balls to 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter. Press a 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter gently into each (do not cut through). Bake until cookies are golden at edges, 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire racks.

In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 and 3/4 teaspoons cold water. Whisk in food coloring. With a small spoon, spread glaze inside heart. Let set 15 minutes.

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