Heart-Glazed Cornmeal Cookies

Heart-Glazed Cornmeal Cookies
Recipe source: Everyday Food
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Pink or red food coloring

1. Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar on medium-high until creamy (about 3 minutes). Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla — beat until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.
2. Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl; roll dough into 1-inch balls and coat with sugar. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. With the bottom of a glass, flatten balls to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Press a 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter into each (do not cut through).
3. Bake cookies until golden at edges — about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire racks.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1-3/4 teaspoons cold water. Whisk in food coloring. Spread glaze inside each heart — or pipe the glaze onto the hearts. Let set for 15 minutes.

Makes about 40 cookies.

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