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Pastel Marbled Heart Cookies

Servings: Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies
These little heart shaped cookies would make a great treat for your kids to bring to school to share with friends (and teachers) for Valentine's Day. Place the cookies in little heart shaped baskets, wrap in clear cellophane paper and tie a pretty red ribbon around it, and give as Valentine's Day gifts. Heart shaped baskets can usually be found at craft stores or variety stores.

A little magic with food color and cookie cutters makes these cookies look marbled.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks/8 oz./226g) butter, softened
1 egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pink paste food color
Purple paste food color
Green paste food color
Edible glitter or large grain sugar, if desired

Combine sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and orange juice; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking powder. Beat until well mixed.

Divide dough into fourths. Knead pink food color into one portion. Knead purple food color into second portion. Knead green food color into third portion.

Flatten each fourth into disk shape. Wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (2 hours or overnight).

Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Using one-half of each dough disk (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), alternately place spoonfuls of doughs onto lightly floured surface to create marbled effect. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with edible glitter, if desired. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)
Calories: 90
Fat: 4.5g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 45mg
Carbohydrates: 12g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Protein: 1g

Source: Land O' Lakes
Date: January 9, 2004