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Natural icing Valentine's Day Heart Cookies from Prairie Grass Cafe

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Valentine's Day isn't just for couples. Families enjoy spending time together and sharing their love. Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook has several special Valentine's Day inspired options for families. Known for farm fresh ingredients and delicious flavor combinations, Prairie Grass Cafe is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate the day of love.

To inspire families to eat fresh and natural, the chefs from Prairie Grass Cafe are sharing their all natural Valentine's Day Heart Cookies.

Sarah's Grandmother's Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies

Chef Sarah Stegner and Chef George Bumbaris, Featuring all Natural Icing – No Food Dyes!

1½ cups Flour

¾ tsp. Baking Powder

¼ tsp. Salt

½ cup Sugar

½ cup Butter - Softened

½ Slightly Beaten Farmer’s Egg

1½ Tbsp. Local Cream

½ tsp. Vanilla Extract

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut the butter into the flour mixture. Add the egg, cream and vanilla. Blend thoroughly. Chill the dough.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface to desired thickness and cut with heart cutter.

Bake cookies at 400° for 8-12 minutes or until very lightly browned around the edges. Allow to cool and frost with natural pink frosting.

Natural Pink Frosting:

½ cup Butter - Softened

3 cups Powdered Sugar

3 Tbsp. Local Cream

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

One small red beet peeled

In a mixer blend the butter and sugar – add the cream and continue to beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix well.

Using a coarse microplane grater – grate approximately 2 Tbsp of red beet into frosting. Stir by hand with a rubber spatula till frosting is bright pink.

Transfer the frosting to a sieve and push through using the rubber spatula, leaving the beet pieces in the sieve.

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