Surprise your loved ones with 'best sugar cookies ever'

What better way to say “I love you” than with a heart-shaped cookie? This recipe is a perennial favorite because you can pick any shape. But hearts are a surefire winner for Feb. 14. Every store I visit this time of year has Valentine-themed cookie-cutter shapes, so go wild.

The key to any cut-cookie recipe is using well-chilled dough. Do not try to rush this recipe. In fact, you can work ahead and chill the dough for up to 12 hours, so give yourself extra time. Besides, if you are going to bake homemade cookies for your loved ones, there's no need to rush.

Love and thanks to my best friend Karen for sharing her grandmother's recipe. Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!

• Alicia Ross is the co-author of “Desperation Dinners!” Contact her at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or send email to Or visit the Kitchen Scoop website at

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