Over at IGGPPC, this month's theme is 'Hearts'. I usually make holiday-themed goodies so heart treats were bound to happen for Valentine's Day anyways. And not only is this recipe heart-themed but it's also geek-themed!
Zelda Heart Piece Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl. Add egg and beat well. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in small bowl. Add to butter mixture in two additions, mixing well until no dry flour remains. Knead it all together with your hands. And when it gets crumbly and you want to give up, keep kneading because it'll come together.
3. Divide dough into 2 equal parts and flatten into a disc shape. Wrap each in waxed paper and chill for 6 hours or overnight.
4. Discard waxed paper and roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out hearts. Now, I had a small heart cookie for the middle but it was still too big. It left a very thin border. So I ended up using a small paring knife to cut out the inner hearts. This is why none of them are the same.
5. Place cookies on greased cookie sheet and bake in 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for about 10 minutes or until edges are just golden. I ended up cutting 2 minutes off the cooking time since they were going back in the oven with the jolly ranchers for another 2-3 minutes. Cool cookies on cooling rack.
Candy Heart Centre:
Cherry Jolly Rancher candies
I followed the directions in this video. I crushed up the unwrapped candies and filled the cooled cookies. The only thing is I found a lot of the candy didn't melt after 1-2 minutes. There would still be some lumpy parts. So for the last couple of batches, I put them in for 3 minutes and they came out smooth!
I'm very happy with how they turned out! They're pretty and they were a perfect treat for Valentine's Day!
I'll be trying this method again but I'll make sure I have two cookie cutters that will work so it'll save me time from cutting out the inside design by hand!
As a warning though, I have been eating the leftover Jolly Ranchers (because of course I bought too many) and ended up chipping a tooth from one! If it gets stuck to your teeth, be careful pulling it off!
*This recipe was shared on IGGPPC.