Valentines Sugar Cookies – Jelly Love

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We are feeling the love in the Just a Mum household this week. Valentines is one of my favourite times to do fun things with the kids – even though my son at 9 is perhaps thinking this year it is all a bit gross!! He still eats these cookies though! I found this recipe in Eat2Gather and modified it slightly to work with what I have on hand.

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The original recipe calls for 1/2 a cup of shortening – I do not have this so I replaced with 1/2 a cup of butter and my results were fine. There is a theory that you should add more butter as the fat content will not be as high and the biscuits will not hold their shape as well. I have never cooked with shortening so I cannot comment – however these biscuits were fine with a few modifications as per below.

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Ingredients

225g Butter, softened (alternatively 1/2 cup butter & 1/2 cup shortening)
1 pkt Jelly (85g or 3oz)
1 Cup Sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Sugar for coating

Method

Heat the oven to 175C (350F).

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Combine butter (or shortening & butter), jelly & sugar into the mixing bowl of a mixer. Blend for 4-5 minutes scraping down the sides from time to time.

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Add the eggs & vanilla and on a medium speed blend well for a further 2-3 minutes.

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Combine the flour, baking powder & salt and gradually add this to the mixture blending until just combined.

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Prepare sugar in a shallow dish or bowl to use for rolling the dough balls into.

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Take a tablespoon sized amount and gently roll into a ball and then roll in the sugar

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Place sugar coated balls onto a baking tray prepared with baking paper or cooking spray.

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Cook for no longer than 10 minutes – you do not want the dough to take on any colour  – leave them on the tray for 2 minutes then remove onto a cooling rack.

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And then as its valentines day we had some fun! I used half the mixture for normal cookies and used the remainder for LOVE.

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In the original recipe they were able to roll the dough out immediately and use cookie cutters to make heart shapes – my dough was way to soft for this so I cooled it in the fridge for 45 minutes. This could be because mine is all butter I do not know but cool your mixture until you can handle it & roll it easily.

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On a well floured bench I gently kneaded the dough. Then using flour on top and bottom of the dough I gently rolled it out to about a 1/4 inch. For the first batch I did not add sugar to the top and the second batch I sprinkled sugar over the dough before I cut out the heart shapes. I then transferred the hearts gently to the prepared baking tray and cooked for approx. 8-9 minutes – they are thinner so I kept an eye on them to ensure that the bottom did not take on too much colour.

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They turned out really well! Kids loved them and they are quite tasty!

You can use any jelly flavour you like – these ones are super sweet! I can see that lime jelly would be nice but you will get cookies coloured whatever flavour you choose!

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I used a coloured flavoured PINK sugar as I was going for full on pink love but normal sugar is fine for dusting cookies.

I hope you enjoy making these cookies as much as I did – I had a wee helper who also liked getting into it! Hey – its only mess right!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and thanks also to Get2Gather for the recipe 🙂

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Lots of Valentines Love xox

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