Velvet Hearts


Velvet Hearts | From My Sweet Heart

 These simple vanilla cookies are buttery and light.  But with the addition of cream cheese in the mix, they are substantial and almost savory.  I hope you will try them and jazz them up in any way you like.

Sadly today, my son said goodbye to his good friend who was taken from us much too soon and way too young.  The kitchen is always my solace.  I baked these with the most heartfelt thoughts of this young man, and in loving support of all the friends and family he left behind.  I hope that soon, we will all find peace in our own hearts again.  But I hope this…..especially, for my son Matt.

Hold tight to those who mean the most to you….and bake these for someone you love……..



I find that I am enjoying working with cookie cutters all of a sudden.  I’m usually a one bowl, mix it, scoop it, and bake it girl.  But there is something almost meditative with rolling out your dough and fussing with the shapes.  And I’m finding I’m beginning to collect cookie cutters as shamelessly as I’ve been collecting cupcake papers!

Velvet Hearts | From My Sweet Heart


Yields: 7 dozen

Level of Difficulty:  easy



  • 2 cups of butter, softened
  • 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons of  pure vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In the bowl of your mixer, blend together the butter and the cream cheese.  Add the sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla.  Gradually add the flour.  Mix until combined.  Chill the dough for about 2 hours.  Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.  Use your favorite cookie cutters to create your cookie shapes.  (I am partial to hearts!)  Bake for about 10-12 minutes.  Cool completely if you decide to frost them.  

NOTE:  Here’s a tip I learned about cleaning TIN cookie cutters.  They are not dishwasher safe.  So after baking your cookies, turn the oven off.  Hand wash the cookie cutters and place them on a clean cookie sheet.  Then place them in the oven as it is cooling down.  The heat will dry out any water that may have been missed as you were towel drying them.





    • Anne says

      Thanks Christiane! I guess that ‘drying in the oven’ method might work for other pans that are susceptible to getting those pesky little rust spots! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Erin….I’m starting to love making cut out cookies, too! I want to start experimenting with different flavors now. My decorating skills are that of a 5 year old…so that’s something I need to work on, too! Ha! : )

  1. says

    Your cookies are lovely! I also find myself in the kitchen when I am sad and just need some time to think.

    So sorry to hear about your loss….dealth is always hard, and even harder when it strikes someone so young.

    • Anne says

      Chrissy…thank you so much for your kind words. I definitely like to ‘work things out’ in the kitchen. And if I need to really think something through….I vacuum! : )

  2. says

    Anne, you quoted my FAVORITE poet EVER! Sigh. I read Gibran like 5-6 times … A YEAR! How lovely to see him quotes with such beautiful cookies! I hope you had a great Tuesday! 😀

  3. says

    I have an addiction to cookie cutters and cupcake papers too. It’s a sickness I tell ya! These cookies look great and I’ll bet the added cream cheese helps to make them very moist. Sorry for your sadness. I am sending positive thoughts your way <3

  4. says

    Hi Anne, I finally made it over here (no thunderstorms tonight… thank goodness). I am so sorry to hear about your son’s loss. How very sad. : ( Thank you for sharing this lovely cookie recipe and the tip about cookie cutters. These cookies are just perfect. You are such a great baker and I am sure you son appreciates these cookies made with so much love. ~ Ramona

    • Anne says

      Ramona…thanks for your kind words! Thunderstorms? I’m sorry I missed them. I LOVE thunderstorms! : )

  5. says

    Anne–I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your son’s friend. :( That can’t ever be an easy thing to go through and very recently a few people very close to me who are extended family have come close to not being here anymore and just the thought of that makes me realize how fragile we are and how precious our time is. Definitely hold tight to the people you love, I agree completely with that! And value the time spent together. These look so sweet by the way. :)

  6. says

    What a lovely thought making these delicious buttery cookies. They are beautiful and love how they’re not too sweet. Such sad news. I do hope your son is coping ok, as this must be so tough on him, too. You’re so right: makes it appreciate our loved ones all the more.
    I adore your tip, btw, on the cookie cutters – thank you!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Jill for your lovely words. AND….a bright spot….I finally found caster sugar at Sur La Table! I think macarons are in my future! YIKES! ;- )

    • Anne says

      Oh, Hester….thank you for your kind words. You have a lovely blog and I enjoyed your guest post on Jill’s. You most definitely have a new follower! : )

  7. says

    What a great tribute to your son’s friend. I pray that you all find peace and comfort in the coming days. These cookies look fabulous, I have never used cream cheese in cookie mix but I will try it soon, sounds wonderful!!

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