blushing sugar cookies.

February 11, 2013

sugar cookies hearts with pomegranate glaze In preparation for this week’s love themed festivities, I rolled up my (pajama) sleeves on Sunday morning and got to baking something appropriately heart-shaped. Fittingly for a girl who lives in a tiny apartment, I decided on miniature cookies and used just the inside of my linzer heart cookie cutter to make treats only barely bigger than your average conversation heart.tiny kitchen I used Mark Bittman’s sugar cookie recipe, which is an awfully good thing to have in your real or imagined recipe box. It’s tried and true and can serve as the base for any number of sugary delights.
sugar cookie hearts I’ve never aced cookie rolling. If you’re like me and and can’t quite manage to get an evenly thick dough, my only council is to watch your cookies carefully in the oven. Thin cookies will brown much more quickly than their heftier traymates. For softer cookies, consider taking them out of the oven after only five or six minutes. sugar cookies hearts For the glaze, I wanted something subtle enough to not scare off the valentine-weary but pink and tasty enough to encourage gobbling. I mixed vanilla extract with bottled pomegranate juice and confectioners sugar. About two cups of confectioner’s sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a little less than 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice was right for me, but glaze making is one of those things that you’re better off winging. A little of this, a little of that, until it’s just right. pomegranate glaze I think that next time I endeavor to make something valentine-y, I will crush up pomegranates myself for a slightly pulpier glaze in a slightly less bashful hue. If you want to achieve a more eye-popping shade of pink  (verging on purple), you might consider the mighty blood orange. sugar cookies hearts with pomegranate glaze Happy love week.

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  • Reply Rachel Lawson February 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    You did a great job! I think I may just have to make heart shape cookies this week now. Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Reply Erin February 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      hope you do!

  • Reply Ashley Elizabeth February 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Adorable! I'm planning on making heart-shaped cookies as well!

  • Reply Lauren Ashley February 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    These look so sweet (literately and figuratively).

  • Reply Cara of Big Girls, Small Kitchen February 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    These are so cute! The mini size is just so endearing.

    • Reply Erin February 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      i love everything in miniature, always.

  • Reply February 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Love these. They are too cute!

  • Reply Abby February 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    These are adorable, and they sound delicious. Mini-hearts seem just right for this week.

  • Reply rebecca February 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    the perfect size to eat at LEAST 10-12.

  • Reply Beth February 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Oh, those are lovely! And I love your pistachio mixer! I contemplated that one, but decided red in the end. Very cute. šŸ™‚

    • Reply Erin February 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      thanks! it's actually quite decidedly mellow yellow in real life; a relic from 1980s and still going strong!

  • Reply Colleen February 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    These are so, so, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this simple and amazing idea.

  • Reply Colleen February 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Also, I cant pin the photo šŸ™ I want to pin it to my Valentine's board so that I can remember to make them. Am I doing something wrong? I tried using the link at the bottom of the post.

  • Reply Erin February 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    So sad to hear it. Looks like flickr isn't allowing images that I host there to be pinned. Looking into it now!

  • Reply Kiersten February 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    These cookies look delicious! Maybe one day I'll brave my way into the kitchen and "try" to make them!
    <3 Kiersten

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} February 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    These are too cute! I love that you incorporated a pom glaze!

  • Reply Chloe Moon February 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Aren't these adorable!!! I just made cupcakes this weekend but now I want to make these!! They must be yummy too! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • Reply Molly February 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I want these and love how tiny/understated they are. Well done!

  • Reply Michelle Annett February 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Those are insanely cute! LOVE them!

  • Reply IndiaMorgan February 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    LOVE these little dudes. Going to try with the blood oranges this week… let's see if they turn out half as pretty as yours.

  • Reply Lindis February 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Adorable little cookies!
    I know exactly how it is to live in a tiny apartment – and until I found your blog I thought I was the "only one" showing of our tiny nest on the web šŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the tip – I have a veeery small kitchen counter, so this recipe is perfect šŸ™‚

  • Reply Anika February 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Those are so so cute. Even cuter once I scrolled down to see how tiny they are! Such a lovely way to dye the glaze. I laughed at the part about rolling up your pajama sleeves. Word, girl.

  • Reply Joan February 12, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Love your 4th photo!
    Now going to check out the recipe.

  • Reply J+H @ Beyond The Stoop February 12, 2013 at 3:31 am

    mart bittman…. between him, alton, and smitten kitchen i think i'm set for life on food knowledge šŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah Dee February 12, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I think the pomegranate juice in your glaze is inspired! Such little cuties šŸ™‚


  • Reply Inge February 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

    These are very pretty. I'm not a big fan of valentine's day but I am a fan of love and pretty things, so these might be just the thing to make this weekend.

  • Reply Kat February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Erin, patience must be one of your strong suits.
    Admittedly, as gorgeous as these teeny tiny biscuits look and probably taste, I'm reluctant to attempt them, only because I was at the back of the queue when patience for handling teenies was handed out. Therefore, I'll have to be content living vicariously through you. Too bad I can't lick these beauties through the screen… šŸ˜›

    Looking forward to reading what you did with the quince blossoms šŸ™‚

  • Reply Diana February 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

    How int he world did you make this kind of gorgeous little biscuit? I think I now have an idea about what I should make for my valentine gifts. I even bought several tulsi tea bags to be included in my valentine gifts for my friends though! Thanks for this one!

  • Reply Alexa February 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

    these are the daintiest! so pretty.

  • Reply sandra February 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I love this soft pastel blush. Refreshing with all that hot around this time of year.

  • Reply Ann February 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Will try this out this week! thanks!

  • Reply Faith February 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    These are beautiful cookies! Your apartment looks so inviting, too. Happy Valentine's Day!

  • Reply Victoria February 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

    They are adorable. They'd make a lovely gift for a friend alone on Valentines Day. The colour of the icing is so pretty!

  • Reply Charlotte | Charlotte's Web February 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    These are so pretty, and thy sound as though they'd taste delicious! xx

  • Reply Rachael Poklitar March 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    despite your so-called tiny apartment, i am in lurve with that second picture. i like tacking little things to my walls too šŸ™‚ cheers!

  • Reply Patricia Johann December 28, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Hi Erin,

    I used to use the cookie recipe at the link to Mark Bittman’s web page. Unfortunately, the link is now broken, and I can’t find the original recipe anywhere. Imagine my holiday surprise (and upset)! If you happen to have it, can you send it to me at the email address below?

    Thanks so much, and also for the blog, which I have enjoyed for years now. Happy new year!

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