Valentine's Day Cornmeal Heart Cookies

Ok, I admit it. I didn’t have anything planned for Valentine’s Day. I never really cared much for the day until my kids came along and I just want to make it special for them. I found this recipe at the last minute and decided to go with it, for the easy factor as well as nutrition. Did you know cornmeal is good for you? You can say these cookies are somewhat nutritious, right? Yes, you just tell yourself that when you sneak into the kitchen at midnight to eat another one!

Cornmeal is Good for You!
Cornmeal is good for your heart and cholesterol! Cornmeal may also prevent weight gain since it contains fiber and complex carbohydrates.

Valentine’s Day Cornmeal Heart Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
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

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 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, 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.
Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl; roll dough into 1-inch balls and coat with sugar. Transfer to 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). Sprinkle colored sugars into cookie cutter on each cookie. Bake until cookies are golden at edges, 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on wire racks.

Makes 24.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

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