Sarah’s Grandmother’s Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies

Sarah’s Grandmother’s Valentine’s Day Heart CookiesRecipe by Chef Sarah Stegner & Chef George Bumbaris of Prarie Grass Cafe
Featuring all Natural Icing – No Food Dyes!

  • 1½ cups Flour
  • ¾ tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter – Softened
  • ½ Slightly Beaten Farmer’s Egg
  • 1½ Tbsp. Local Cream
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract


  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Cut the butter into the flour mixture.
  3. Add the egg, cream and vanilla. Blend thoroughly.
  4. Chill the dough.
  5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to desired thickness and cut with heart cutter.
  6. Bake cookies at 400° for 8-12 minutes or until very lightly browned around the edges.
  7. Allow to cool and frost with natural pink frosting.

Natural Pink Frosting:

  • ½ cup Butter – Softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Local Cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • One small red beet peeled


  1. In a mixer blend the butter and sugar – add the cream and continue to beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  2. Using a coarse microplane grater – grate approximately 2 Tbsp of red beet into frosting. Stir by hand with a rubber spatula till frosting is bright pink.
  3. Transfer the frosting to a sieve and push through using the rubber spatula, leaving the beet pieces in the sieve.

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