It’s almost Valentine’s Day. A day for love, a day for flowers, a day for chocolates. A DAY FOR COOKIES. Sometimes I get sick of the same old thing over and over and I want something new in the cookie department.
I love those little cinnamon hearts candies. They have them year round, but are more prominently displayed during the Valentine season. I got a great idea to put them in the sugar cookie dough and see what happened.
It was a happy experiment. These cookies turned out a little chewy with little crunchy bits. Plus they just had a nice kick of cinnamon, which I love.
A fun new twist on the same old sugar cookie roll out, the Red Hot Sugar Cookie Roll Out!
A few notes:
These cookies aren’t as well behaved as a normal roll out recipe. They definitely have more going on topographically. (They aren’t perfectly smooth.) And they spread a little more than usual. So I wouldn’t use them for intricate decorating. But if you’re going to slap some buttercream or make some simple decorated cookies, then go for it!
You need to pulse your red hots in a food processor before adding to the dough. The big chunks will melt and leave craters in the dough. This is what mine looked like after I pulsed them several times. Still some pieces.
I’ve learned that some red hots are hotter than others. If you want a little extra heat, add a little cinnamon extract to your dough. If you want it very subtle or your red hots are pretty powerful, then you can omit the extract.
Have fun decorating some red hot cookies today!