My friend Will is in town from NYC and I had to make him something sweet to celebrate. My inspiration was pretty easy. See, Will is super social. Everyone knows him. Ever since he moved from SF to NYC over 5 years ago, there has been one question out of everyone’s mouth: “when is he moving back?” So to celebrate our friend of 2 cities, I made him these simple cookies. Here is how to make them:

“Home is Where the Heart Is” Cookies
 

makes 12 cookies
Ingredients
  • for the cookies:
  • 1½ stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • to make royal icing:
  • 1 2lbs bag of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • food coloring

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. Unwrap your dough and cut out your cookies. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.
  4. To make royal icing, mix all 3 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer on low speed for a minute to combine. Then crank up to high speed and mix for 7 minutes.

 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture:

Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined:

Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together:

Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F:

Cut your cookies using a US map cutter and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes.

Outline with white icing:

Fill with flood icing:

While the icing is still wet, add 2 sugar hearts:

Let the icing set completely and draw a dotted line using a red food coloring pen.

Tadaaaaa!!!