FOR THE COOKIES
all purpose flour
FOR THE FROSTING
2Place flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
3Place margarine and sugar in a large bowl. Cream together until light and fluffy.
4Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.
5Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended.
6Cover and chill for an hour.
7Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
8Roll out the dough on a floured surface (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick)
9Cut with heart shaped cookie cutter.
10Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
11Bake about 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
12Remove from the oven. Let sit 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
14While cookies are baking and cooling....
15In a medium bowl, mix (on low speed) the margarine and powdered sugar until just smooth.
16Stir in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
17Gradually stir in more milk a little at a time until frosting is smooth and spreadable.
18Divide the frosting into smaller bowls, one for each color you want to use.
19Stir in the food coloring one drop at a time until you have the color you want.
20I put my frosting in a frosting bag to make decorating the cookies easier.
21Use the red gel icing to write your messages on the cookie. I use the conversation hearts candy as inspiration.