• Cooking Time: 6 to 8
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Valentine's Day is just around the here is a special treat. Alton Brown's classic sugar cookie recipe is transformed into tiny, sweet valentines.

EQUIPMENT: 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter, 1 1/2-by-1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter


  • 1 recipe Sugar Cookie Dough, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
  • Small red sugar hearts, for decorating


  • Prepare dough as directed and chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle a work surface and rolling pin with confectioner's sugar and roll out dough to 1/8-inch thick.
  • Move dough frequently to prevent it from sticking and add more confectioner's sugar to the work surface and rolling pin as needed.
  • With a 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut 72 dough rounds, re-rolling dough as needed.
  • With a small heart-shaped cookie cutter (about 1 1/2-by-1-inch), cut hearts from the center of half the dough rounds.
  • Place the rounds and cutouts about 1 inch apart on parchment -lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until just set but not brown, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Let cool on the pan slightly before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling: In a small bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, butter, confectioner's sugar, and pomegranate juice until smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread about 1 teaspoon filling on each round cookie and top with a cut-out cookie.
  • Place a red candy heart in the center of each. Leftover filling can be used to sandwich the small hearts together.
  • NOTE: If you don't have Pomegranate juice, I would use Milk and a few drops of Food Coloring to achieve desired color.

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