I am not a huge fan of sugar cookies because they typically are crispy and I love a soft chewy cookie. This sugar cookie recipe however is soft, chewy, and flavorful because of the freeze dried strawberries that go into the recipe. For this recipe I chose to make these cookies strawberry flavored and filled them with a homemade buttercream filling for sandwich cookies. I can tell you from experience, you can omit the freeze dried strawberries and make them as simple sugar cookies and they still turn out very flavorful, soft and chewy. I used heart cookie cutters because I’m having a special valentine breakfast for my grandies. They are going to love them! I had different sizes of heart cookie cutters and decided to make a couple of different varieties with the same cookie dough.
This recipe is very versatile, you can flavor them anyway you want by simply adding your favorite flavoring instead of the vanilla. You can also color them by adding drops of gel food coloring to make them the color of your choice. If you do this, I recommend you add one drop at a time until you achieve the color that you want.
If you’ve never used freeze dried fruit, I recommend you give it a try. It is a great way to add natural flavorings to your recipes without adding food dyes. Target has several flavors, including a yummy blueberry.
If you are looking for an easy and last-minute recipe for Valentines, this is a perfect recipe for you. Depending on the size of cookie cutters that you use, you can yield anywhere between 24 and 30 cookies, maybe more if using smaller cookie cutters.
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