A Touch of Sweetness with Maria Provenzano

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my sister is really a holiday baking and decorating expert. Over on her blog she has been sharing a lot of fun ideas for Valentine’s Day and she has kindly agreed to share one here, as well. Keep reading for a sweet treat:

It’s that time of year again… time to make everything heart-shaped and pink!
Cream Wafers are so fun to make for Valentine’s Day because they are such a delicate and pretty cookie.  Everyone loves these!  The wafer is basically a pie crust that you roll out and cut into any shape you like.  The frosting is an easy buttercream that you can make any color.  
I have actually made the wafers with half the amount of butter before (not on purpose) and they turned out fine!  So if you are looking to lighten these up a bit you can use a little less butter in the wafer dough. 

Ingredients for the wafers:
1 cup unsalted butter, COLD and cut into cubes (organic is best)
a pinch of salt
1/3 cup COLD whipping cream (or heavy cream)
2 cups all-purpose flour
about 1/2 cup sugar for dipping
Ingredients for Icing:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature (organic is best)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

*Measure flour into a food processor with a pinch of salt

*Add the cold cubed butter and process until it resembles sand

(Note: You can also make this dough by using a pastry cutter or two knives… but be sure the butter doesn’t start getting too warm)

*Slowly add the cold whipping cream, with the processor running, until it forms a ball

*Wrap the dough in plastic wrap shaping it into a flat disk
*Refrigerate for an hour (at least) 

*Roll out the down on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thick
*Cut into a heart-shape with a cookie cutter 

*Set the cut-out dough in the bowl of sugar and coat both sides
*Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper 

*Prick each cookie with a fork about 4 times
*Refrigerate for about 30-60 minutes

*Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
*Bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly puffy (you don’t really want these to brown too much)

*Set the wafers aside to cool 
*Start making your icing by creaming the softened butter in your mixer with a whisk attachment.  You can also use a handheld mixer for this.
*Add the powdered sugar and vanilla
*Add whatever food coloring you like!

*Apply icing to one cookie and sandwich it together with another cookie

These pretty cookies are light and airy with a touch of sweetness! 

Keep up with Maria’s blog for more inspiration and ideas not only for holidays but for everyday cooking, baking, beauty and wellness. Thanks to my lovely sister for sharing this today!

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