Love is in the air...every sight and every sound! I am sure I am not the only one who remembers that song. Well, whether it's the love or the sugar, I am feeling it this year. So why not break out pink and red and made yourself some cookies!
Okay, so I was sent on a mission the other day for a water spray bottle for my 13 year old son, who happens to be fanatical about his hair. I know he doesn't read my blog, so I can say that. Let me tell you, if wind blows the wrong way and a wisp is out of place, it's not a funny situation . The bizarre thing is, it doesn't look as if he spends half the morning meticulously combing his hair. Don't tell him I said that. In any case, he has this little spray bottle that he wets his hair down with every single morning before school. I can hear the him spraying away, combing and huffing and puffing as he goes. The struggle. Well, earlier this week the bottle gave out! God forbid, it was as if it were the end of the world. I needed to get one straight away or life as we knew it was over. I told him to wet it with his hands and just get on with it. I had bigger fish to fry, so to speak.
The next morning rolled around and like many moms, I forgot about the water bottle. It wasn't pretty. To be completely honest, I just tuned him out. Again with the much bigger fish.
Finally by Friday morning, I could not take the complaining any more and amidst the chaos that has been this week, off I went to get a flippin' water spray bottle. The exciting and adventurous life I lead.
This story is coming around to these cookies in case you were wondering. But first the water bottle.
Okay, so there is this Bizarre store about a 10 minute drive from my house that sells just about everything on the cheap. Kind of like a dollar store, but they do have items for much more. I thought and outing could distract me from those bigger fish anyway.
It was freaking packed! Is this what the whole town does on a Friday morning? Apparently, yes. Determined to lower the level of stress in the house, I ventured into the chaos in search of the almighty water bottle.
Naturally, I got distracted. It's what we all do in stores of plenty. And plenty on the cheap. I ended up walking around in circles trying to figure out where in the world the water spray bottles would be. And of course, like all stores where stuff is sold on the cheap, there is nobody to find to ask. Not one single soul. Umm. Eventually, I found the bottles and they had at least a dozen or so types. I bought three just to make sure it suited the hair spraying to a tee. They were only 75 cents each so hardly an extravagance.
Finally peace will be restored at home.
And, finally, this is where the cookies come in. As I was making my way to the checkout, the long way around I must admit, I spied these very cute cookie stamp cutters. Mmmmm, they looked like fun. And I wanted to do something for Valentine's Day for the blog. But I was pressed for time and it had to be simple. I thought sugar cookies dressed up for the occasion would do the trick. The stamps were very pretty and the pattern intricate, delicate and lovely. In the basket they went with the spray bottles and off I went to the checkout.
When I got home, I couldn't get them out of the pack quick enough when I got home. And before I knew it, the butter was churning and the dough was ready. I was ready to make beautiful heart stamped cookies!
I got my dough on chill, the oven on hot and baking pans at the ready. These were going to be the most beautiful cookies, ever. Well, ever in this house. Just a minor pause for a millisecond. If this is your first time visiting the blog, you probably are unaware of my complete lack of talent when it comes to decorating anything. Just isn't my thing at all. One of those things I have tried and tired and failed at . My favourite failure was a race track cake I made for the now 13 year olds third birthday. Does that make sense? I must have spent half my life decorating it and well, lets just say the results didn't match the outcome. However, it didn't stop me as I continued to make triple layer cakes, castle cakes, swimming pool cakes and even an ice cream cone cake. I was probably verging on a nervous breakdown at the finishing of each cake into the wee hours of the morning. That was when I decided to throw in the towel and accept that it just was not my talent. Hey, we all have our strong points. Cake decorating, not mine.
Okay, back to these cookies. I got my perfectly chilled dough out of the fridge and rolled it out as always and ready to make my stunning cookies. The cookie stamps came in three different sizes, which I thought was cool. That way you could eat just the mini ones if you wanted. Which means you get to eat more cookies. An afterthought, these stamps would probably work really good on fondant icing, if you are into that sort of thing. Anyway, I started stamping out my cookies, one after the other with varying degrees of success. Down to the dough being too thin in areas. No problem, I re rolled and fixed that problem. I had them all stamped out and on the baking sheet in no time at all and off to the oven they went with their pretty patterns.
About 10 minutes later out they came. The anticipation was real and I was excited. Can you say disappointment. Not a pretty pattern or fluted edge in sight. What? Just your regular heart cookies with slightly deformed edges. Insert swearing words now.
I started on the second tray assuring myself that I did something wrong the first time and these were going to be perfect. Nope. Not a glimpse of perfection in slight. Story of my imperfect life.
As in life when everything doesn't go according to plan, there is always a backup plan. Or a let's wing it plan. Out came the icing sugar and sprinkles and all was not lost. Okay, not the most perfectly decorated cookie in the world. Again, no patience or talent for that.
You know what though? They still taste like a good sugar cookie and I can always say the kids made them..ha!
About these particular cookies before I head off. This is my basic Sugar Cookie recipe that has been on the blog for several years. You can see here how those were decorated. They are also on the blog in a bit of a prettier state as Christmas Star Cookies. Now those I really did take time and care with. You see, sometimes I do have patience. You can click here for those.
If cookies isn't what your are looking for this Valentine's Day, why not take a look at the round up of all kinds of treats I have put together for the special day. There are over 20 desserts on there and you can click here to take you straight to the post. And if I were to pick my favourite from that round up, it would be the Individual Sweetheart Cakes. Not only are they pretty, they are also delicious.
That just about sums up these cookies for today. Oh, in case you were wondering, there are no more bad hair days!
Very Pink Sweetheart Cookies
Makes 3 dozen / Prep time: 15 minutes / Bake time: 10 minutes / Decorating time: 15 minutes
2 Cups/250 grams flour
1 Cup/200 grams sugar
1/2 Cup/110 grams butter
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
Pinch of salt
For the Glaze:
2 Cups/250 grams Icing sugar
1/4 Cup/60 ml milk
A few drops of red food colouring
Sprinkles for decorating
In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. This will take about 3-5 minutes. Add in your egg and vanilla and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and stir in into the mixture. Don't over mix. Once you have a cookie dough texture, divide you dough into to equal portions and flatten out to disks. Wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it for about 15 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking trays. Remove your dough from the freezer and leave it for a few minutes before rolling it out. Roll each disk out onto a floured surface, sprinkling a little flour on top of the dough so it doesn't stick to the rolling pin. Don't roll them too thin or they will likely brown and be too hard. Using star cookie cutters, cut them into shapes. I bake them for around 10 minutes turning the tray half way through baking. They do not need to be golden brown to be baked. They will still look quite pale, but this is how you want them. Once removed from the oven they will set and harden and even have a crisp to them. Repeat for all cookies.
Make the glaze by adding the food colouring to the milk and giving it a quick whisk. Then pour this into the bowl with your powdered sugar and stir until combined.
Once cookies have cooled completely you can decorate them. These were simply dipped face down in the glaze. Then added a few sprinkles before the glaze dried.
Allow cookies to dry completely before stacking and storing.
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