Mini Crackle Heart Sugar Cookies

A classic soft chewy sugar cookie with a crackled egg paint glaze. Perfect for spreading the love this Valentines Day. 

Servings

60- 1.5″ hearts

Ready In:

30min

Category:

Desserts

The Story

Sharing our Love this Valentines Day

My mother loved holidays, and not just the big ones like Christmas. She would decorate the house, having a stash of window clings and knick-knacks for every season. She’d make themed treats and crafts, and I would usually wake up to a little something special  with a handmade card waiting for me on my placemat at the kitchen table.

This photograph of me making Valentines Day cookies reminded me how important it is to celebrate right now. Why? Because I don’t have any recollection of making these cookies. The memories that come back to me when I stare at this picture are of delivering little bags of those cookies (I believe with little handmade cards or tags decorated by yours truly) to neighbours, friends and family. I remember their smiling faces, and words of gratitude that this little 4 year old had stopped by to brighten up their day. I even remember leaving a bag in the mailbox for our mail carrier and staring out the window for what seemed like hours so I could smile and wave as he picked it up. We spread joy and happiness and made memories that I can still come back to 30 years later (I almost wrote 20, and now I feel old!)

If you’re a person who tends to gravitate towards the ‘Valentines Day is a useless made up commercial holiday’ side of things, then I challenge you to try and change that narrative this year. Make it about showing love gratitude and appreciation to family, friends, anyone who crosses your path. Give the day your own meaning, and use it to spread joy. We need to find ways to bring happiness more than ever right now.

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 C butter (softened to room temp)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 C flour

Egg Paint

  • 2-3 egg yolks
  • food colouring 

Cookie Instructions

Step 1

Pre-heat oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or reuseable baking mats. 

Step 2

Add softened butter and sugar to mixing bowl and beat on a high for 1.5 minutes, to cream the mixture.

Step 3

Pause to scrape down sides of bowl if needed and add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts. Continue to beat on high setting for another minute. 

Step 4

Slow mixer down and add baking powder followed by flour, a 1/2 C at a time. 

Step 5

Once flour is fully incorporated. Form mixture with hands into 2-3 balls. 

Step 6

Flour your rolling surface and roll dough out to 1/4″ thickness. Cut out cookies and place on lined sheet.  

Step 7

Paint on egg yolk glaze before baking, then bake at 350° for 5-6 minutes depending on desired crispness level.

Egg Paint Instructions

Step 1

Separate eggs and beat yolks well. 

Step 2

Pour yolk into 2-4 small bowls depending on how many colours you’d like to create. 

Step 3

Stir 4-5 drops of food colouring into each bowl to obtain a deep hue. 

Step 4

Paint a thin layer of the glaze on the tops of your cookies before baking. 

Tip

Egg paint is a simple way for kids to decorate cookies. To cut down on the crackle effect of the glaze stir  3-4 drops of water into each paint colour.