A Treat of the Month

last month’s post regarding the giant cookie got me thinking.  maybe i need to start “A Treat of the Month” post.  i love to bake. my husband loves to eat what i bake. win, win.

so this month’s treat in honor of Valentine’s Day is, drum roll please…

 

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

 

 

every baker has their favorite cut-out/sugar cookie recipe.  and there are a slew of awesome cookie recipes out there.  my aunt (my cousin the runner’s mom) makes a killer cut-out cookie.  even the icing is the bomb. doesn’t taste like food coloring, perfect ratio of cookie to icing awesome-ness.

i have stuck to one recipe over the years.  it is simple and does the job for me.  is it over the top awesome-ness? not sure.  if you whip up a batch, let me know. critique away!

and to add a little healthiness (if there is such a thing, because let’s be honest, healthy can ruin a good thing sometimes.) i added Beet Red food coloring by Color Kitchen instead of an artificial food coloring or paste.  Color Kitchen is a plant based, non gmo, gluten free and vegan food coloring.

i think the natural food coloring worked pretty well, no?

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img_1033-4     The Sugar Cookie

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until light and fluffy.  Scrape down sides as needed.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix on low speed until blended.  Scrape down sides as needed.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or overnight.

Allow to come to room temperature for about 5 minutes and on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out shapes.

Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.


Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cool on wire racks completely before icing.


 

 

 

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img_1033-4   The Icing

  • 2 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 packet of Color Kitchen’s Beet Red food color
  • white and pink sugar sprinkles, if desired

In a small bowl mix together the egg whites and vanilla.

In a large bowl add sifted confectioner’s sugar. Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, add egg white and vanilla mixture. Mix on high speed until white/stiff peaks form, about two or three minutes.

Scoop some of the icing into a small bowl.  Snip a small corner of the Beet Red packet. Slowly sprinkle color in and mix thoroughly until desired color is achieved.  Start off light, frost a few cookies and add more color.  Then mix in more color, frost and repeat.

I added sugar sprinkles to some of the cookies to give them a little sparkle.

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so make a batch and share the love in honor of the day. be it a significant other, a friend, a coworker or a neighbor down the street.  your favorite aunt or uncle. even you!  you deserve a heart cookie.

and you know what?  you don’t even have to make a cookie. just do something special for someone. someone that needs a little extra love sent their way. give them a call or send them a random heart emoji.  it’s always nice to get a random heart emoji on Valentine’s Day.

hugs and img_1647-1 runner readers.

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p.s. you may also want to try these tiny blushing sugar cookies from one of my favorite inspirational blogisters, Erin Boyle at Reading My Tea Leaves.  so tiny. super cute.

p.s.s.  Google or Pinterest “Valentine’s Day cookie decorating ideas.”  O.M.G. those or these would take me hours. so pretty.


 

img_1033-4    Tip:

Don’t get on social media while cookies are baking in the oven.  Because next thing you know, you don’t hear your timer go off and your cookies come out looking like these.

 

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