Shirley Temple Sugar Cookies

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I think I make sugar cookies on Valentine’s Day more than any other holiday.  Maybe I have more patience this time of year…. patience to make dough, make a stencil of a heart, cut out cookie, bake cookies, make frosting, and decorate cookies.  Sugar cookies is a process, I tell you.   You pretty much need a whole day to make them. *

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I can’t believe I don’t have a heart cookie cutter.  What kind of baker am I?!  I only have a couple…. a tree, a bunny, a circle, and a star.   At least I can make Easter cookies.   My mom has a huge picnic basket full of cookie cutters.  I don’t know why they’re in a picnic basket.  We made all kinds of different cookies when I was growing up. 
I had to take these pictures twice today, so I apologize for the late post.  The first were sooo dark and gray looking.  The cookies looked sad and scary.

These sugar cookies are flavored with lemon and lime zest, almond extract and vanilla extract.  I really do like the flavor of them.  They’re crisp, but a little cakey.  The buttercream is pretty tasty; it’s really simple to make.  Just whip up butter, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt and grenadine.  The grenadine makes the frosting pink and gives it a tiny hint of cherry flavor. 

I think these would be perfect to make for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart! My sweetheart liked them. 

Any big plans for Valentine’s Day?  I hope it’s romantic and full of chocolates and roses.

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Shirley Temple Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (about 300 grams)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 large egg white

Pink Grenadine Buttercream
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons grenadine
2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.  In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, lime zest and lemon zest until creamy; beat in egg white until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in dry ingredients until just combined.  Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter cookie sheets or use nonstick cooking spray.
Roll out cookie dough thinly on a lightly floured surface, to about a 1/4-inch thickness.  Cut into shapes and transfer to cookie sheets.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

To make the buttercream, beat together butter, salt and grenadine in a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, until creamy.  Sift in the confectioners sugar.  Beat until creamy, about 2-3 minutes.  Spread or pipe frosting onto cookies.  Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies
*Advantage of being laid off

21 comments:

  1. I loved shirley temples as a kid and don't drink them enough as an adult! Even better....eating them. These cookies look awesome!

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  2. Those are sooo pretty! I was just wondering this morning why I didn't have a heart cookie cutter too!

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    1. Where does one get a heart cookie cutter?

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  3. Gorgeous!! I actually have sugar cookies in the oven right now :-)

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  4. I love the idea of a grenadine buttercream! I haven't had a Shirley Temple in years. My roommates and I made them in college and spiked them with vodka, but that was probably the last time. I'd much prefer a Shirley Temple in cookie form anyway! :)

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    1. Haha that's what I've been doing lately!

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  5. They look sweet (well duh!). Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a good sugar cookie. I like the added flavors. I wonder how they would be with ginger added. The grenadine buttercream is a great idea. I haven't made sugar cookies in ages. I don't think I have heart cookie cutters either. I rarely ever make rolled cookies. I have a butterfly and maybe one or two others. I also have this cool ceramic mold that you press the dough into and it's shaped like a giant cat looking smug while holding a bird in its paw.

    Just going out to a favorite local casual restaurant tonight (360 - a place I reviewed on my blog). Fancy places are never good on V-day and I don't want to cook because cooking means cleaning up! I don't know if I'll get anything else out of the day. Sometimes Kevin will have flowers delivered to my office, but it's not a regular thing.

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    1. I think ginger sounds nice. I like ginger and lime together. I hope your dinner was good! I'm going to check out your review.

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  6. These are so pretty! The added citrus in the cookie and cherry in the frosting make them special. Sugar cookie texture with a fruity taste. Sounds good! Thanks.

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  7. These are so cute!! Love all the zest in the recipe, it makes cookies that much more delicious.

    No heart cookie cutter in my kitchen either! :/ Oh well!

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  8. Those cookies are beautiful! I don't have any cookie cutters. I have no idea how that is possible.

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    1. Laura! You need to go cookie cutter shopping!

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  9. I don't have a heart either! I went to make heart cookies a few weeks ago and had to do a circle instead. Must fix this!

    oh, and this frosting sounds to die for!

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  10. I'm a cookie cutter hoarder and have way too many cookie cutters - at least a dozen heart ones too. I can't believe I have way more cookie cutters than I'll ever use. I also thought most be people owned a heart cutter and am surprised that this isn't the case - I got a heart first and then my addiction kicked in and I am now designing my own cutters and getting the clever people at cookie cutter companies to make them for me so that I can have special custom shapes that no body else has.
    These cookies are so pretty and I love how you piped little frosting swirls instead of just spreading the icing. So sweet!
    By the way, is this a stackable frosting recipe?
    Thanks, Emily.
    -Judy

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    1. Wow! That's amazing! I admire you for having custom designed cookie cutters! Do you have a personal favorite? My mom that one year when we went on vacation to Colorado. I can't remember what she got though.

      Aww thanks! I love piping. It's relaxing! It's borderline stackable. Like, almost, but I was afraid to because I didn't want to crush the piping. I think if you spread it on the cookies you could stack them.

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  11. I love the look of these with the fancy piping. ;) And yummy idea to make the icing with grenadine.

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