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Valentine's day cookies!

David and I do not buy one another gifts for Valentine's day. I did get him a card and may get him a little something small. But, I DID bake him his favorite cookies. I alwasy say he is an easy to please dude, and he sure is! His fave cookie ever is the sugar cookie. He was so hilarious when he came home last night. He must have eaten ten cookies in a row! He would see one and say, "Oh, I have to test this one, it's a different shape" and stuff like that! Anyway, I must say, they came out excellent. Thin, lightly browned on the bottom, slight crunch on the outside amd chewy! Mmmmm!!! My frosting. Well. That was somewhat of an epic fail. It would have been just fine if I would have left the frosted cookies alone to dry, but I kept trying to smooth the frosting out, etc. It just turned into a big, huge frosting disaster. Next time I think I am going to try a recipe I have for glace frosting. Anyway, they are still yummy and I sent them off to work with D along with a special cookie just for him. As always, recipes after the jump!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I <3 Baking!

 First off, David's special cookie. HAHA. And my frosting disaster. They look more orange in the pic but I assure you, it's pink. I frosted about 15 cookies but I didn't like the way they foto'd. Oh, and that's a hug and a kiss there!

 Hearts!!! I only had about 5 of the small hearts left after my husband got to them and I probably made three cookie sheets full of just the small hearts! I guess the cookies ARE for him so I can't be mad at him. I think my red kitchen walls finally worked for something. Quite valentiney if I do say so myself!


 The whole lot of the non-frosted cookies!

My sugar cookie and icing recipe came off the Publix (local grocery store) unsalted stick butter box. HAHA


3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (recipe calls for almond, but I went with vanilla)
2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven tp 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on med until creamy. Add egg and van extract, mixing well. Gradually add flour, mixing well.

Now the recipe on the box doesn't ask for the dough to be chilled, but since I was rolling these out and cutting them, I didn't want them all soft so I stuck the dough, in a ball, into the fridge for two hours. I also didnt follow the time instructions. The time instructions on the box are: roll into one inch balls (that would be sooo cute tho! little sugar snow balls) Dip a flat bottomed glass into sugar and flatten the balls. Bake 10-12 minutes intil bottoms are golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

Now here is what I did: I chilled my dough, then I rolled it out to about 1/4 inch thickness. I like my cookies on the thinner side. And I baked them on an ungreased (lots of butter in the cookies, they slide right off) baking sheet for 5 minutes. Since my cookies are thinner, I didn't need to bake them as long.

Epic Fail Frosting:
2 tblsps butter melted
1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp van extract
1-2 tblsp milk

combine sugar and van extract until smooth. Stir in milk as needed until frosting is spreading consistency. Spread on each cookie.


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Feb. 13th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
You are awesome and so creative!
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