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{valentines cookies}

A while back I found an awesome recipe at Blonde Designs and had wanted to try it. When my husband told me he wanted to bake cookies for his class (he is attending German language classes), I finally had my excuse! Yay!

So, we bought the few things we needed and got to "work". We decided on making Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies and Heidesand (I think it's similar to shortbread) Sea Salt Cookies.
Both of them turned out to be super yummy!

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies:

{valentines cookies}

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
3 cups flour

PREPARATION

Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy; add sugar and mix.
Add egg, salt, vanilla, and almond extract; mix well.
Add flour. Wrap dough in plastic and chill several hours or overnight.
Roll out on floured surface and cut out cookies (keep on the thicker side). Bake on ungreased sheet at 375°F, until edges begin to barely brown.

Heidesand Sea Salt Cookies:

{valentines cookies}
source of picture: nifty thrifty's mom :)

Okay, this is translated (by me ;) ) from a German recipe. I hope it all makes sense and that you excuse any weird sounding expressions..

INGREDIENTS (about 80 cookies)

1 1/3 cups (300g) butter
3 1/2 cups (400g) flour
3/4 cup (175g) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons sugar (to roll the dough in)
1/2 teaspoon orange zest

PREPARATION

Let the butter melt at medium temperature and brown a little. That gives the cookies a fine, caramel aroma. Let the butter cool down and harden again.
Cream the butter until fluffy. Add flour, sugar, vanilla, orange zest and salt. Finish up mixing by hand.
Form the dough into rectangular pieces (1 x 1 x 10in) and roll in sugar. Wrap them up in saran wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
With a sharp knife, cut the dough into about 1/3 in (8mm) thick slices. Place the slices on baking sheets lined with baking paper. Don't put them too close to each other.
Bake the cookies for about 12-15 minutes, until slightly brown, and let cool on a cooling rack.
(recipe source: brigitte.de)

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10 Comments

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Thursday February 10th, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Oooo… I want to try those sugar cookies! Thanks for linking up! :)

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    Yakini
    Friday February 11th, 2011 at 03:20 AM

    Yumm!!!! These cookies look great – thanks for sharing the recipe!

    New GFC follower – hope you come visit me too!

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    Joanna
    Friday February 11th, 2011 at 02:16 PM

    Visiting from whipperberry! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    kayla
    Friday February 11th, 2011 at 08:03 PM

    Yum, the sugar cookies look and sound amazing! Anything that has cream cheese has to be good!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving some love!! :)

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    kayla
    Monday February 14th, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    I just wanted to let you know that I ended up making these yummy cookies and I blogged about it too! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

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    Ann @ makethebestofthings
    Tuesday February 15th, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Oh yum! Both these recipes will go in my save file. Thanks!

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    Christina @ It's a Keeper
    Thursday February 17th, 2011 at 01:54 PM

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    AllieMakes!
    Thursday February 17th, 2011 at 04:37 PM

    Oh My! I must try this Heidesand recipe!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday through Sunday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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    AllieMakes!
    Sunday February 20th, 2011 at 07:35 PM

    I am SO trying these! I am glad you linked these up!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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    Krafty Kat
    Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 at 08:07 PM

    Oh, these look so good! Those heart shaped cookies are just too cute too. Saving these recipes, thanks for linking up!!

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