Every year we make Valentine Cookies for Valentine’s Day. We make them as a family and give them to our family and friends. The Valentine Cookies are always very much appreciated treats. Usually we just put candy sprinkles on the cookies, but last year we also made some cookies with icing and sprinkles. I must say that the frosting was quite yummy.
Gabrielle and I working on our Valentine Cookies:
As Gabrielle and I were rolling the first batch of dough… we looked over and noticed we lost a ”worker”:
Little Miss Emanuelle passed out of the floor right next to us. We were quite surprised, she was so looking forward to helping us with the cookies. Poor little lady was just too tired to participate.
This was the first time Gabrielle actually used the rolling pin, usually I do it and she cuts out the cookies and puts the sprinkles on them. But this year, she rolled the dough and was very proud of herself.
I must say I was quite impressed. She did a really great job. :)
Valentine Cookies Recipe
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Valentine Cookies Recipe with Sprinkles
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in Flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). *I always chill mine overnight.
2- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
3- Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. (I really like using a pasty mat, makes cleanup so much easier.)
4- Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. (I prefer using metal cookie cutters, I find they cut easier and the dough sticks less on them.) Place cookies 1 inch apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
5- Sprinkle the cookies before putting them in the oven.6- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.
7- Cool completely on a wire rack.
If you want to make the sugar cookies with icing, use the same recipe as above but don’t put sprinkles. Once the cookies have cooled you can put frosting on them.
Frosting Recipe for the Valentine Cookies
(for about 24 cookies)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 teaspoons of milk
4 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon almond extract **
**I made one batch with almond extract and one batch with vanilla, I preferred the vanilla. I found that the almond extract made the icing taste like cherries.. and I don’t like cherries hehe)
1- In a small bowl, stir together the confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth.
2- Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If the icing is too thick they say to add corn syrup, however I added milk.
3- Add a few drops of food coloring to the icing.
4- Use a brush or knife to ice the cookies and sprinkle candy on them if you wish.
Do you usually bake something special for Valentine’s Day?
Have a FABULOUS day!
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