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2.11.2013

sugar cookies hearts with pomegranate glaze
In preparation for this week's love themed festivities, I rolled up my (pajama) sleeves on Sunday morning and got to baking something appropriately heart-shaped. Fittingly for a girl who lives in a tiny apartment, I decided on miniature cookies and used just the inside of my linzer heart cookie cutter to make treats only barely bigger than your average conversation heart.tiny kitchen
I used Mark Bittman's sugar cookie recipe, which is an awfully good thing to have in your real or imagined recipe box. It's tried and true and can serve as the base for any number of sugary delights.
sugar cookie hearts
I've never aced cookie rolling. If you're like me and and can't quite manage to get an evenly thick dough, my only council is to watch your cookies carefully in the oven. Thin cookies will brown much more quickly than their heftier traymates. For softer cookies, consider taking them out of the oven after only five or six minutes. sugar cookies hearts
For the glaze, I wanted something subtle enough to not scare off the valentine-weary but pink and tasty enough to encourage gobbling. I mixed vanilla extract with bottled pomegranate juice and confectioners sugar. About two cups of confectioner's sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a little less than 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice was right for me, but glaze making is one of those things that you're better off winging. A little of this, a little of that, until it's just right.
pomegranate glaze
I think that next time I endeavor to make something valentine-y, I will crush up pomegranates myself for a slightly pulpier glaze in a slightly less bashful hue. If you want to achieve a more eye-popping shade of pink  (verging on purple), you might consider the mighty blood orange.
sugar cookies hearts with pomegranate glaze
Happy love week.

36 note(s) by friends.:

  1. You did a great job! I think I may just have to make heart shape cookies this week now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Xo
    Rachel

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  2. Adorable! I'm planning on making heart-shaped cookies as well!

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  3. These look so sweet (literately and figuratively).

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  4. These are so cute! The mini size is just so endearing.

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    1. i love everything in miniature, always.

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  5. These are adorable, and they sound delicious. Mini-hearts seem just right for this week.

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  6. the perfect size to eat at LEAST 10-12.

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  7. Oh, those are lovely! And I love your pistachio mixer! I contemplated that one, but decided red in the end. Very cute. :)

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    1. thanks! it's actually quite decidedly mellow yellow in real life; a relic from 1980s and still going strong!

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  8. These are so, so, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this simple and amazing idea.

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  9. Also, I cant pin the photo :( I want to pin it to my Valentine's board so that I can remember to make them. Am I doing something wrong? I tried using the link at the bottom of the post.

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  10. So sad to hear it. Looks like flickr isn't allowing images that I host there to be pinned. Looking into it now!

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  11. These cookies look delicious! Maybe one day I'll brave my way into the kitchen and "try" to make them!
    <3 Kiersten

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  12. These are too cute! I love that you incorporated a pom glaze!

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  13. Aren't these adorable!!! I just made cupcakes this weekend but now I want to make these!! They must be yummy too! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  14. I want these and love how tiny/understated they are. Well done!

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  15. LOVE these little dudes. Going to try with the blood oranges this week... let's see if they turn out half as pretty as yours.

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  16. Adorable little cookies!
    I know exactly how it is to live in a tiny apartment - and until I found your blog I thought I was the "only one" showing of our tiny nest on the web ;)
    Thanks for the tip - I have a veeery small kitchen counter, so this recipe is perfect :)

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  17. Those are so so cute. Even cuter once I scrolled down to see how tiny they are! Such a lovely way to dye the glaze. I laughed at the part about rolling up your pajama sleeves. Word, girl.

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  18. Love your 4th photo!
    Now going to check out the recipe.

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  19. mart bittman.... between him, alton, and smitten kitchen i think i'm set for life on food knowledge :)

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  20. I think the pomegranate juice in your glaze is inspired! Such little cuties :)

    x missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  21. These are very pretty. I'm not a big fan of valentine's day but I am a fan of love and pretty things, so these might be just the thing to make this weekend.

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  22. Erin, patience must be one of your strong suits.
    Admittedly, as gorgeous as these teeny tiny biscuits look and probably taste, I'm reluctant to attempt them, only because I was at the back of the queue when patience for handling teenies was handed out. Therefore, I'll have to be content living vicariously through you. Too bad I can't lick these beauties through the screen... :P

    Looking forward to reading what you did with the quince blossoms :)

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  23. How int he world did you make this kind of gorgeous little biscuit? I think I now have an idea about what I should make for my valentine gifts. I even bought several tulsi tea bags to be included in my valentine gifts for my friends though! Thanks for this one!

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  24. these are the daintiest! so pretty.

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  25. I love this soft pastel blush. Refreshing with all that hot around this time of year.

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  26. Will try this out this week! thanks!

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  27. These are beautiful cookies! Your apartment looks so inviting, too. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  28. They are adorable. They'd make a lovely gift for a friend alone on Valentines Day. The colour of the icing is so pretty!

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  29. These are so pretty, and thy sound as though they'd taste delicious! xx

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  30. despite your so-called tiny apartment, i am in lurve with that second picture. i like tacking little things to my walls too :) cheers!

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