Valentines Day Baking

>> Thursday, February 11, 2010

Last night, I did some Valentines Day baking & crafting. When the husband is away, the kitchen gets MESSY! I pulled out my Grammy's famous Sugar Cookie Recipe (it's actually passed down from her grandma...and it's delish!).

Here's what you will need for the cookies:
1 Cup Butter (2 Sticks) at room temperature
1 Large Egg
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees.
Cream together butter and sugar in mixer.
Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl.
Add egg & vanilla to the butter mixture, then slowly add dry ingredients until well mixed.
Chill dough for 1 hour.

Roll & Cut:
On floured surface, roll dough to about 1/8" thick.
Cut shapes.
*Make sure your dough is thin enough so that the shape doesn't spread out too much while baking

Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven until golden-brown (about 9 minutes).
Make sure to watch cookies so they don't burn!*
Let cool on cookie sheet then move to cooling rack.

Powdered Sugar Icing:
1 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Milk, Orange Juice or Water

Food Coloring
In a small mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in 1 Tbsp. water, milk or orange juice (I just used water). Stir in additional milk or orange juice, 1 tsp at a time, till icing is smooth and creamy (A little liquid goes a LONG way...if it gets too runny, just add more sugar). Now add food coloring - for the light pink I made it took one drop of red.
Makes about 1/2 cup.

Frost & Sprinkle:
Spread frosting onto cookies (don't worry if it drips down the sides, these will smooth out and look perfect no matter what!). If you aren't getting the glazed finish, your frosting might be slightly too thick.
Sprinkle immediately with sugar crystals and place cookies on rack to dry.

Allow to dry and harden on rack overnight (or even up to 24 hours) so that frosting is completely hard before packaging.

Cellophane Bags
Card Stock in white and color of choice
Lace Tulle (or just lace, tulle or any sheer fabric of your choice)
Ribbon (I used Martha Stewart's Valentine's Day Ribbon Collection)
Hot Glue Gun

Cut white card stock to fit into cellophane bag.
Place into bag and gently place cookie on top.
Cut a piece of colored card stock and fabric in the same size (I measured the width of the cello bag + a quarter inch for the width and 3" height - so 1.5" high when folded over)

Fold Cello bag over (you may need to trim the excess bag so it doesn't show) and place card stock and fabric over it.
Staple twice to close.

Tie a bow with ribbon of your choice and use a tiny hot glue dot to secure to fabric/paper and cover the staples.

And there you have it! Perfectly packaged, homemade sweet treat for Valentine's Day!
Use them for your kid's class, your friends, a party favor, or give to neighbors, family, etc. to share a little sugar with the people you LOVE the most!


UntamedPetals February 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

I recognize that lace tulle!! YUMMY

Tara February 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

Thank you for this Emily as I am going to bake with my munchkin this weekend, these sound fab! i don't think we will be packaging them up though, they will be eaten before we get that far! :)

Nicole-Lynn February 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

How adorable! They turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing :) Have a great valentine's weekend!

Dandy February 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

You are so stinkin' cute.

sara@augustfields February 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

my hubby was away and we made a mess in the kitchen with cookies too! :) yours look yummy and i love your new blog look!

laurie February 11, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

this is the cutest idea and what darling and inspiring pics, love your yellow kitchen aide and your cookies turned out must be quite the Baker !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laurie

The Economista February 12, 2010 at 5:37 AM  

These are adorable :) I am inspired to make some for friends this weekend.

Padgett Hoke February 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

those look amazing! I might have to make some myself, yum!

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