(from Parents magazine)
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup pink/red nonpareils
With mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, gradually beat in flour until combined. Mix in nonpareils. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness between two sheets of wax paper, transfer to baking sheet, and refrigerate for 3 hours or up to 3 days. (LOVE make ahead stuff!)
Heat oven to 350. Cut out bite-size heart shapes from dough. Place on baking sheet 1/2 inch apart and bake for about 14-18 minutes, until just golden. Transfer cookies to rack, and cool completely.
You can brush the edges with light corn syrup and dip into crystalized sugar for a finishing touch.
I dipped some of my cookies in chocolate which turned out to be a delicious combination.
They are also just plain yummy on their own. Not to mention cute and mini!
This recipe could easily be varied for other occasions...green nonpareils and a mini shamrock shape for St. Patrick's Day. Or even just rainbow nonpareils in a simple circle or star would be cute. I'll keep this cookie recipe close by!