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We are only a few short days away from Valentine's Day my friends. Which means I am trying my hardest to get in all my Valentine's Day posts! One post that I have been meaning to share for a while, but kept getting pushed to the back burner, is these SUPER EASY Fondant Valentine's Day cookies. I stress the SUPER EASY because they are just that. If you have ever played with Play-Doh as a kid, then you know everything you need to know to recreate this marbled effect. The reason I love working with fondant so much is that it doesn't require any icing. Don't get me wrong. I love working with royal icing. But making up all the icing and decorating each cookie is time consuming. Sometimes you just want to do something simple and easy. You know what I mean? Also fondant doesn't require any special skills or equipment. All you need is fondant, a rolling pin, and cookie cutters. The last two I assume you already have if you are making cookies. But if not, you could sub the rolling pin for a wine bottle (I know you have one of those lying around!) and a drinking glass for a cookie cutter. So to get the marbled affect I first divided my fondant into different pieces and colored them all with various shades of red. To dye the fondant, I added a drop or two to the fondant, then stretched and folded the fondant on top of itself. I would highly recommend wearing food safe gloves for this, if you have them, so your hands don't turn bright red. After all my pieces of fondant were various shades of red, I rolled them into ropes and stacked all them together to form one multicolored piece of fondant. From this point on I just kind of haphazardly folded and stretched the fondant (just like I did when I was coloring it), in different directions, until I was happy with the effect. Note: the more folding you do, the more the colors will blend together. Eventually, it will just turn into one color, so stop before you over do it. Once I liked how my fondant was looking, I rolled it out into a really thin sheet. If you have a fondant roller and/or rolling pin bands I would recommend rolling it as thin they will allow. Most people aren't huge fans of fondant because it can be a little gummy. But if its rolled really thinly, hardly anyone will notice! After it's all rolled out I cut it with the same cookie cutter that I used to cut out my cookies. Then I brush one side of the fondant with water and stick that to the cookie. I use my fingers to rub out any lumps or bumps. I also like to run my fingers around the cut edge to make sure that it's nice and smooth. And....that's it! Now tell me that's not easy. I dare you! If you make these for Valentine's Day I can almost guarantee that people will be impressed with your cookie decorating skills. You don't need to tell them that a 5 year old could make them. That little secret can stay between us. Happy Valentine's Day! ITEMS USED IN THIS POST


Total time

0 minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • of salt
  • 8 oz white fondant
  • gel food coloring of choice


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 330 degrees.
  2. Place the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and almond extracts until just combined.
  4. Mix in the flour 1 cup at a time until all flour is combined.
  5. Turn dough out on to a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap up and place in the fridge until ready to use. Dough can be rolled out right away if your in a pinch.
  6. Place a piece of parchment paper down on the counter top. Roll dough out on the parchment paper, using minimal flour to keep the rolling pin from sticking.
  7. Cut dough out to the desired shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes until just barely brown around the edge.
  8. Allow cookies to cool completely. Meanwhile, divide fondant into 4-5 pieces, coloring each piece a different color or different shade. Roll the pieces of fondant into ropes and stack the ropes together. Fold the fondant in half one direction, then stretch out and fold in half again. Continue folding until you get your desired effect. Roll out on a sheet of parchment sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar until 1/8" or less thick. Cut fondant out using the same cookie cutter as the cookie. Brush one side of the fondant with water and press the wet side onto the cookie. Use your finders to press out any bumps and smooth the edges. Let harden for about 30 minutes before stacking.

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