I love Valentine’s Day! So fun! So much prettiness and love and sugar! I have written about my adoration of this holiday in years past and have shared some of my favorite traditions, recipes and treats
So, I will refrain from repeating myself and will make this a short post.
In my home (and my home growing up) Valentine’s was a fun holiday not a romantic, “Hallmark”, pressure-filled holiday. It’s a day to say “I LOVE YOU” to people you adore- friends, family, co-workers, neighbors.
|Heart garland- fun to make and have love draping from your ceiling! My
friend Connie made this one for me several birthdays ago and I
bring it out each year!
|Valentine BINGO played with conversation hearts|
|Meringue Cookies- heart shaped!|
I usually make heart cut out cookies because they are so pretty and delicious and lovely. Hearts are my favorite cookie cutter shape and the easiest to frost, in my opinion.
I sometimes make sugar cookies or these linzer shortbread cookies.
If you are more in the chocolate mood, these chocolate shortbread cookies are a treat!
They are soft and like a thin brownie!
The dough is just a few ingredients that you mix together.
They are easy and fun to ice.
|After a bit of refrigeration, the dough is easy to cut out.|
Here’s the recipe:
from Everyday Food- Martha Stewart
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add flour, sugar and cocoa; mix just until combined. (Chill dough in refrigerator for 10 minutes or more…if you chill it for longer, set out to soften a bit before rolling as it becomes hard in the refrigerator with all of that butter!)
Pat dough onto a flat surface and roll out (using a dusting of powdered sugar or flour to keep from sticking). Cut with cookie cutter into hearts (or desired shape). Place on cookie sheet (I line mine with parchment for easy clean up and no sticking). Bake 10-12 minutes until firm but not crispy.
Cool completely and then frost as you wish. (See below for ideas)
1. Ice with a simple glaze-
I scooped 1/2 cup powdered sugar, a heaping Tbsp cocoa powder, a few drops of vanilla extract in a small bowl, stirred and added drops of water until it was smooth and thin, but not too thin. Spread on cookies with a spoon. Add sprinkles while they are still wet.
2. Melt melting chocolate wafers (I use the Ghirardelli brand) and dip the cookies (half or entire cookie) adding sprinkles while still wet.
3. I had some buttercream frosting left over from making a Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake and decided to make sandwich cookies (inspired by the double-doozie cookies at the cookie store)
I think the key is frosting them in a way that makes them easy to stack and package for giving away! The sprinkles provide a nice barrier to cookies which keep them from sticking to each other.
Bake some lovely goodies, write a kind note, make something pretty, bring warmth to this wintry month, share your adoration with someone!