12 Weeks of Christmas Treats: Week 9: Grinch Heart Cookies

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Pretty much since I signed up for the 12 Weeks of Christmas I've been excited to make Grinch-related holiday items to share with you.

In case you weren't aware, I am obsessed with The Grinch. Tom is as well, which means when Thanksgiving is over, our apartment is immediately transformed into a winter wonderland of all things Christmas and Grinch. We really should start looking into buying a house soon since we keep finding more Grinch items, but we have no where to place them. However, this doesn't stop us from buying more. While I like to think that we are reasonable, responsible people, all of that immediately flies out the window when surrounded with Grinch items.



A few years ago, we happened to wander down the Christmas aisles at Walmart and found multiple sets of ornaments, stockings and various Grinch decor. We both looked at back and forth between each other and the Grinch items.

"It's like $200 worth of stuff...we could pick up one or two things a week until Christmas..."

"Yeah. That's true...what happens if they sell out though? We should prioritize by the best stuff."

"...We do just have that entire income tax refund sitting in the savings account." 

"Yeah..should we really spend the savings on Grinch stuff though?"

and then our eyes met again and we turned into crazy Grinch-addicted people tossing everything Grinch related into the cart at warp speed before calmly and quietly walking out of the aisle like it never happened.

That happened three years ago and it still makes me laugh. Anyone who happened to see us in our Grinch item grabbing frenzy must have thought we were insane. I don't, however, regret it for one second. I am slightly proud to say that we don't go quite as overboard anymore.



Grinch Heart Cookies
Source: Food.com 
Yield: 3 1/2 dozen (approximately)
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Ingredients:
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp. vanilla 
    • red and green sanding sugar 
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine flour and baking powder into a medium bowl.
3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla until fully incorporated.
4. Add in flour mixture, one cup at a time. If the dough is too thick, add in one teaspoon of water at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
5. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
6. Place shapes on prepared baking sheets and bake for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies) and allow to cool on wire racks before decorating.


Decorator's Icing
Source: Coastal Living, December 2010
Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 
red and green food coloring 
Directions:
Add powdered sugar to a large bowl and slowly pour in the heavy whipping cream, stirring constantly. Once it reaches a thick but pourable consistency, divide into portions and stir in food coloring. 
To Decorate:
Fill a piping bag with the icing of your choice and a thin tip (Wilton 1 and 3 are my preferred choices). Trace heart and circle shapes onto the cookies.
To flood cookies - separate out a portion of the icing and add 1-2 drops of water at a time, stirring constantly until mixture has thinned to a drizzling consistency. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and gently squeeze icing into the lined hearts and circles. Sprinkle immediately with sanding sugar and allow to dry completely.


Thanks again to Brenda of Meal Planning Magic for hosting the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats.

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