What do you do for your honey on Valentine’s Day? I usually cook up something good! Our first Valentine’s Day after we were married I made GI Joe a pound cake in the shape of a heart and decorated it. I must say it was beautiful and he loved it. Why I chose this Valentine’s Day to decorate sugar cookies I do not know!! Oh yea, it was the front cover of Southern Living’s beautifully decorated cookies all perfect and everything. So I did get inspired to try these even though I am not wild about cookie decorating. After one cake decorating class I knew then it was not my forte.
The recipe for the cookies is a great one given to me eight years ago from Kelly T. one of my students. I love these cookies without the icing. Of course GI Joe loves the icing so I did both. Here is how it is done so get busy for your Valentine!
Cookies could be decorated before baking with colored sugar. I found some decorating templates that were fun to use.
- 1 16-oz package powdered sugar
- Food coloring paste
Stir together powdered sugar and 6 Tbsp. water. Tint glaze with desired amount of food coloring paste, and stir until blended. I found that it was easier to dip the cookies into the icing, then place on a wire rack to decorate and then let them dry. Be careful that the glaze is not too thick or it seems to hold the cookie which then breaks.
from Kelly T’s Mom
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mix powdered sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Divide the dough into halves. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes.
Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
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