Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine's Day Cookies

We love baking around here and this recipe I am sharing with you today is so easy to do with the little people in your life. A bit messy, but fun! It's also the perfect recipe for Valentine's Day. Heads up though, probably not so good for your waistline!! HAHA!


Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup of butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Assorted Food Coloring
(makes roughly 5 dozen)

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar, until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until dough forms.

Separate dough into sections for each color you want to do. Add a couple drops of food coloring to each  section until you reach the desired intensity. Stir to blend color evenly.

Under the command of my 2.5 year old, we did pink, purple, blue and green. Cover and chill for at least an hour in fridge (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on a well floured surface, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.

Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Or a pizza tray in my case, LOL, while the other tray was in the oven! Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool completely. These also freeze well too, just do so before adding the icing.


Icing
1 cup icing sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla/almond extract
Assorted food coloring & sprinkles for topping
(this is enough icing for a dozen cookies-if more is needed, I would recommend doing one batch of icing at a time)

 In a small bowl, stir together icing sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. Divide into separate bowls, add food coloring to desired intensity.

Paint cookies with a brush or spatula. This icing is really forgiving to work with, the bumps and ridges just melt away into a smooth and glossy finish! Sprinkle with whatever pretty topping you have!

Well there you have it, the perfect little cookie to share with friends, teachers, family and of course to eat yourself!!!
Yum, yum..well, needless to say this batch is long gone, but I will be making some more this weekend!!

Lish

8 comments:

Emily said...

these look amazing! I love how smooth your frosting is. I will have to try this recipe because it looks just like I always want mine to :o)

Alyx said...

Ahhh, this looks like such a good idea. I have to make cookies for my fifth graders for Tuesday, I might just have to make these!!! :)

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

These look awesome, and that last photo is the cutest :)

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Angee @ Sunshine in my life said...

You inspired us today!! http://sunshine-in-mylife.blogspot.com/2012/02/ten-on-ten-february-2012.html

Patrice said...

yummaroony

Amy said...

Ooooh, fun! Color makes everything better!

Serendipity and Spice said...

I love these- they look so yummy! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!
-Melissa
http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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