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Ingredients

For Dough
For Decorating

Directions

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  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

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  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, and beat until smooth, about 1 minute.

  • Add reserved flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap dough in plastic, and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

  • Make cookie pattern and heart stencil while wrapped dough is chilling. For the pattern, have your child trace his or her hand on a manila file folder, and cut out the tracing. You will lay this on the dough and trace around it with the tip of a paring knife. For the heart stencil, cut a heart shape from a piece of parchment paper, discarding center.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a well-floured work surface, roll out cold dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out hand shapes. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Dough scraps may be re-rolled twice.

  • To decorate the cookies with sanding sugar hearts, lay the heart stencil over a cookie. Combine the egg white with the water in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash in the heart, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Lift stencil and repeat with remaining cookies. Bake until edges just begin to brown lightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on pans for 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Older children can use their hand to outline the cookies, drawing around it on the dough with a skewer and using a knife tip to cut along the line. If your child can't participate, make a pattern from a manila folder. Translucent parchment works well for the heart stencil; it will allow you to see the shape of the cookie through it.

Reviews (7)

38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
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08/05/2010
These would make excellent "The Kissing Hand" cookies for the first day of school...especially for kindergarteners! Love it!
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08/05/2010
Sanding sugar is coarse and glittery, not fine and glittery
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08/05/2010
To Nadio O: Sanding sugar is fine grain, usually colored sugar that has a sparkle. It is normally used for decorating cookies. You can substitute other sugars, but won't be quite a glittery.
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08/05/2010
cute, but what is sanding sugar?
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08/05/2010
Great idea. Use with the book, "The Kissing Hand". Perfect for the beginning of the school year, especially the first day for a kindergartener.
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09/29/2008
How much fun would this be for young girls to decorate? Nail color,BLING using all kinds of silver
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02/07/2008
easy to make, taste great...