Hungry Heart Cookies aka Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

February 6, 2008 · 19 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Cookies, Desserts, Holidays / Entertaining, Pink Things

Hungry Heart Cookies

Once upon a time I lived in Portland, Maine where there was a really great radio station called WCLZ. One morning, while driving to my cubicle dwelling office job, I heard the DJ announce that Minnie Driver was going to be playing a live set in “Studio Z.” Since Minnie Driver is one of my favorite actresses and I’d revered her since she packed on the pounds and shamelessly made out with Chris O’Donnell in Circle of Friends, I knew I had to figure out a way to go. Unfortunately, it was one of those sign-up online and we’ll pick 10 random winners deals. So resourceful girl that I am, I used every email address I’d ever had in my life (and maybe created a few extras) to sign up for the session — and surprise, I won a spot. I ended up missing 5 hours of work that day. Who knew Minnie would be 3 hours late…but while I was there she sang a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart and I really loved it. You can find it on her CD Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket.

You may be wondering how I was able to miss 5 hours of work in the middle of the day without getting into trouble? Well I attribute it at least partially to these cookies. As I’ve mentioned before, straight out of college my cooking skills were limited to things that came out of a box and the occasional Betty Crocker cake mix based cupcakes, and since I lived alone, all of my baking experiments were brought into the office to share. During the two years that I worked there, I think I made these sugar cookies for every holiday and using every conceivable shape and icing color. Sugar Cookies — the best way to make friends and influence people. Give it a go!

Dusty Hearts

Pretty Pretty Princess Icing

Hungry Heart Cookies aka Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies (Originally published on the Food Network website)
Note: Thanks to Anna D for sharing this recipe and allowing me to adopt it as my own almost 5 years ago!

1 cup butter, unsalted
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
In a second bowl, combine and mix well the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir flour into butter mixture 1 cup at a time.
Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours.
Roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters or a knife.
Bake on a sheet pan or a parchment lined sheet pan in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the cookie.
Remove cookies to a rack to cool completely.

Pretty Pretty Princess Icing

1/2 stick of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Approximately 3 cups of confectioners sugar
Approximately 1/4 cup of milk
A few drops of red food coloring

Combine everything into a bowl and mix until uniform. If the icing is too thin add more confectioners sugar, if it’s too thick add a little more milk. Ta da!

Make Friends & Influence People

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nina February 6, 2008 at 7:47 am

My daughter will love these cookies, they are sooo cute.


2 Sarah February 6, 2008 at 8:19 am

I bring all of my baking creations to work as well. No one can ever turn down some homemade baked goods! I will have to try this recipe…I am still in search of the perfect sugar cookie recipe!


3 Anna February 6, 2008 at 9:07 am

You’re welcome!


4 Abbey February 6, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Oh YUM!!

Well, since my job just ended, I don’t really have a lot of people to make these for…but do you think that’s going to stop me??? HECK NO!!

Plus, it’s such a pretty pink cookie (love the icing’s name) I NEED to make it. : )


5 clumsy February 6, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Absolutely adorable!!


6 Lys February 6, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Looks delish. However, I wouldn’t be so nice and bring them into the 9to5, just yet. I’ll hold them ransom til they give us our raises *LOL*


7 NIKI February 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Those cookies are soo cute!!


8 Hänni February 6, 2008 at 4:51 pm

wish you worked at my office…


9 Nix February 6, 2008 at 8:13 pm



10 kat February 6, 2008 at 9:56 pm

erin, you and i totally have the same taste in books and movies b/c i also loved this movie!

these cookies look great!


11 wummy February 7, 2008 at 7:34 am



12 Anna K February 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm

If I had a mixer I would so make those for work…do you think it can be done with a bowl, fork and lots of rapid whipping???


13 Erin February 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Anna K – I don’t see why you couldn’t use a whisk for the icing and a regular old bowl and sturdy spoon for the dough. It’s not like they had KitchenAid mixers in Little House on the Prarie 🙂 Good Luck!


14 chiff0nade February 9, 2008 at 11:02 am

Like you I am a professional PASTRY CHEF (I was educated at Peter Kump’s School in Brooklyn, NY).

Because I am a PASTRY CHEF I simply adore your hungry heart cookies. I am going to make them for “Big Bear” (his picture is on my website) because Valentine’s Day and our anniversary are so close, Big Bear and I celebrate our VALIVERSARY!

Our anniversary is celebrated on the day that he first let me . . . well, you know (that’s why he drooled on his shirt in the photograph).

HEY! Thanks for the idea. I know “Big Bear” will be drooling again soon.


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