Every year it is a family tradition of mine to make cookies for Valentine's Day. We use our family's sugar cookie recipe, which we also use for Christmas. These cookies are delicious! I haven't met one person who can't stop eating them. Here are the steps to making the perfect Valentine's cookies. At the bottom of the post I have included the recipe.
Expect to get messy and give yourself a few hours to make these cookies. There aren't many ingedients; it is a pretty easy cookie dough to make.
It important to make sure you have all your ingreidents or else the cookies will not turn out well. I have tried this recipe so many times and the only way to make it work is to do everything it says!
Having a stand mixer makes mixing the ingredients a lot easier. The cookie dough will get pretty thick. A hand mixer will be quite the arm workout but it will work just the same. :)
Having a marble rolling pin always helps so much with thick dough. The weight of it lets you roll out the dough so much faster.
Make sure you have enough flour on your surface when you go to roll out your dough!
Spread apart your cookies on a baking sheet with enough room for them to spread out a little. You dont want your cookies to touch in the oven because they will lose their shape and make one giant cookie! Bake them for about 3-5 minutes until they are just cookied, because when they start to turn brown the bottoms are burning and this will affect the taste of these cookies.
Now for the really fun part: decorating! Follow the icing recipe and make sure to whisk the egg white until it is foamy. I like to cover the whole cookie with icing because it makes it taste so much better :) Every year for Valentine's Day I make personalized cookies to give to close friends, work colleagues and family that I will be seeing over the weekend.
This year I wrapped the cookies in little plastic sandwich baggies and tied the top with a simple red ribbon. It makes the perfect gift to give to someone on Valentine's Day. Who could say no to a cookie with their name on it. <3
Don't they look cute when they are done? I love them, and everyone who I give them to loves them too. Their face lights up and I can tell it feels special to be thought of on Valentine's Day!
Okay, so here is the receipe... I promise you will never need another sugar cookie recipe again! It is an old Mennonite recipe that my mom inherited from a local family from my hometown. The original name for the recipes is called "Ice Cream Cookies" but strangely there is no ice cream in them...hmmm.
Ice Cream Cookies a.k.a the best sugar cookie ever!
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
4/5 cups of flour (add to mix until it has a dough consistency, then use the rest of the flour to roll out the dough).
Mix all the ingredients together until well combined and there are no lumps.
Icing (if you have to cover all the cookies with icing, double this icing receipe)
1 egg white whipped until foaming
2 tbsp of butter multed
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 or 2 cups of icing sugar (I normally add about 1 cup more to thicken the icing)
So here you have it! My family's recipe that everyone always asks for. :)
If you have time this week I would highly recommend making a batch - you won't be disappointed!