The Great Cookie Experiment- Happy Valentine’s Day
Once upon a time, Christmas was ALL about cookies. I’d make at least six different types of cookies to give out to neighbors, including beautiful sugar cutout cookies. I would cut out bells, and trees, and stockings, and stars and frost them all with buttercream frosting and sprinkling them with red or green sugars.
Then I learned about making your own chocolates.
I decided that I wanted Christmas to be about chocolates, and for a few years I made all the cookies AND the chocolates. That made me a crazy person. I had to simplify, and I had to come to a painful decision. I needed to give up the cookies. All except for the Ginger Molasses cookies which were simply slice and bake so I could make them in November sometime and save them for when I really needed them.
The decision was especially painful because the frosted sugar cookies were my husband’s FAVORITE cookie. He didn’t want to give up on his favorite Christmas treat, and I couldn’t blame him. So we made a deal. I would make chocolates at Christmas, and would make the sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. Now, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, I make heart-shaped sugar cookies. I use the standard Martha Stewart sugar cookie recipe, and the Wilton buttercream frosting recipe. The girls and I bake, then decorate the cookies. We use an assortment of sprinkles and candies, and use star tips and writing tips to create various designs. We make a large cookie for all of our friends, each one different and unique. It’s been a tradition for many years now, and one we look forward to every year.
Here are our beautiful cookies for this year. Happy Valentine’s Day!