I still haven’t opened the sewing machine yet, yikes! What is going on around here?!? Well at least I can say that I spent yesterday cleaning house, feeding ducks with the kids and hanging out at the library….all good excuses in my book!
This morning we’ve been in the kitchen making Valentine’s cookies galore. With just one dough recipe we created three very different and very yummy and very sweet cookies.
You could probably use any old sugar cookie recipe and achieve these same results, but we tried a new one from an awesome British cookie cookbook a friend gave me a few years ago. (I love that things are measured way different and there is a whole section about tea time cookies!) So here’s the recipe followed by all the different frosting options we used today!
Basic Cookie Dough
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup butter (chilled and diced)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
Combine flour and butter in a food processor until crumbly. Add sugar and egg and process until dough just starts to form. Turn out on a floured surface and knead until smooth. (Dough will be probably be very crumbly at first.) Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes.
Roll dough out thin. Cut according to desired shapes and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Cool and decorate. Try not to eat them all.
Sugar Rimmed Hearts
- Stir together 1 cup confectioners sugar with 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Frost cookies.
- Stir together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and several drops of red food coloring. Mix with back of spoon until color is mixed evenly through sugar.
- Dip edges of just frosted cookies into sugar mixture.
Chocolate Dipped Hearts
We didn’t have any dipping chocolate in the cupboard (though I’m certain that would be the easiest way to go for these. Instead we just melted chocolate chips, a dash of milk, and an itty bitty slosh of vanilla on the stove. Then we dipped one half of our mini hearts from the center of our cutout cookies into the chocolate!
And not to be wasteful…. we had a mid-morning snack of apple slices dipped in chocolate to use up our leftovers! Now that’s a way to win good mom awards…..
Jam Filled Sandwiches
My bag of cookie cutters is so big it borders on being ridiculous. But belive it or not I do not own a regular old circle cutter. So for these we used a small canning jar lid. As you cut just be sure you have an even number and that exactly half of them lose a little heart to a mini-cookie cutter in their center.
- 1/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
Blend well and spread a thin layer on solid round cookie. Place a dollop of jam in the center on top of the frosting and top with a cutout cookie. Press down to spread the jam and fill the heart.
Now go get in the kitchen and get some cookies baking. It’ll warm up your house without turning up the heat and it’ll give you a nice sugar high to get through the afternoon (because even if you don’t eat any cookies you know you’ll lick your fingers here and there!)
And if you’re feeling adventurous go check out these creative cookies and bring a little excitement to your kitchen. Aren’t they awesome!?!