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I am so excited to share this sugar cookie recipe with you guys today.  While it is not my mom's world famous recipe, it is pretty darn close. It's a dear friend of mine, Betsy's recipe. It was LOVE at first bite when I had them at a baby shower her daughter-in-law Sarah hosted over 15 years ago. THEY ARE TO DIE FOR. I begged her immediately for the recipe. You can make these for any occasion, but today I wanted to put a fun twist on a Valentine's Day treat to share with you. To make them even more festive I went with an ombre icing in varying shades of pink. These cookies would be perfect to send in to your kids teachers, share with the neighbors, or bring to a Galentine's Day party. 


I just know you'll love them! Enjoy.


  • 2 cups margarine (*must be margarine)

  • 6 tablespoons of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • 4 cups flour


  • 1 16 ounce box powdered sugar

  • 4-6 tablespoons of hot water

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • Food coloring


  1. Cream margarine, sugar and salt together.

  2. Add vanilla then stir in flour.

  3. Roll dough into marble size balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Make thumbprint in dough, that's where the icing will be.

  5. Bake cookies at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

For Icing: 

  1. Mix all ingredients together with a fork until smooth and free of lumps.

  2. Once cookies are cool, fill each thumb print with icing. Use sprinkles if desired.

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