Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

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Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

Following our pizza-making extravaganza, we decided to address our desire for dessert.  Lily thought pretty Valentine’s sugar cookies would be most appropriate.  And if you give a Lily a Valentine’s sugar cookie, then she will surely want a tea party! There is nothing I enjoy more than a good old fashioned tea party. 😉Tea Party

We have tried countless recipes and by far the best we have used is a recipe posted on allrecipes.com.  Thank you Jill Saunders!  If you would like to read the original post, here is the link.  We also used a royal icing recipe from the same site.

This sugar cookie recipe yields a good amount.  Between decorating mishaps, a little snacking and a lot of sneaking, a surplus of cookies is always appreciated in our home.

Following the sugar cookie recipe, I have also included the icing recipe we used.  In reality, these cookies are so good you don’t even need the icing.  We did it more for a decorative effect, keeping Martha “Lily” Stewart happy!

Valentine's Cookie

Cookie Dough

First in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.  Then, add in the eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.  

Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar and mix well.  Cover the dough and chill for at least one hour.

Valentine's Cookies

Baking

First, preheat your oven to 400°F.  Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Next, roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface to desired thickness.  Lastly, cut out the cookies from the dough and place  them on the baking sheet.

The recipe on allrecipes said to bake for six to eight minutes.  We needed to bake ours for a bit more.  We may have rolled our cookies thicker than the recipe suggested.  Regardless, your cookies should be lightly brown around the edges.  This is all up to personal preference.  If you like a crispier cookie, leave them in longer.  If not, pull them out sooner.

Making Frosting

Frosting

Now, it’s time to get to the frosting.  First, we placed all of the ingredients into the bowl and then mixed until everything was incorporated.  Our frosting came out a little too stiff, so we added more water.  We added a little at a time until the consistency of the frosting was to our liking.

Frosted CookiesFinally, we decorated the Valentine’s sugar cookies.  You can dip them face down into the frosting, use a brush to apply, or in our case use an itsy bitsy teenie weenie spoon.

Frosted CookiesHere are Lily’s pride and joy, not to mention deliciousness, her Valentine’s Sugar Cookies!

Tea PartyIt takes a steady and studied hand to pour the tea! Lily is quite the hostess.

Tea Party Table The tea has been poured, the Valentine’s sugar cookies have been baked and frosted, and all of the guests have arrived.  The tea party may commence! 

Tea Party

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine's Sugar Cookies
A delicious rolled and cut out sugar cookie!
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Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  2. 2 cups white sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 5 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar and mix well. Cover the dough and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll to desired thickness. Cut out cookies from dough and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 6 - 10 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack.
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Royal Icing
A shiny icing perfect for sugar cookies!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  2. 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  3. 6 tablespoons warm water
Directions
  1. Sift the confectioners’ sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the meringue powder. Add the water and mix until fully incorporated. If the icing is too stiff, add more water to the icing a bit at a time. Dip your cookies or use a brush to apply the icing.
FYI
  1. If you plan to make this ahead of time, put a wet paper towel over the container before placing the lid on top and sealing it. You can also divide the icing into containers and add different food coloring to each to desired intensity.
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Valentine’s Pizza

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Valentine's Pizza

Valentine’s Pizza

Valentine’s Pizza

The family and I decided to spend Valentine’s Day by having a pizza party at home.  In honor of the holiday, we decided to make heart-shaped Valentine’s pizzas.  You might say to yourself, “Why not just call your local pizzeria?”  I will give you three reasons: family bonding, better tasting, and personal satisfaction.  Heart-Shaped PizzaIt may seem a little intimidating to make your own pizza, but as long as you have the right equipment and know a few procedural steps, you will have no problem whatsoever.  You will be crushing the national-chain competition in no time.

Before you begin, you will need to purchase a pizza stone, pizza peel (paddle), and a pizza wheel/cutter.  When looking for your pizza stone, make sure that it has a large enough surface for your purposes.  For a pizza peel, it doesn’t need to be anything special just as long as it has a tapered edge.  The flour that you’ll be spreading on the peel does most of the work.  

 Preparation

One technique that you’ll need to master is pounding and stretching out your dough.  Again, it sounds more difficult than it actually is.  Place your dough ball on a floured pizza pizza peel.  Starting around the edge of the ball, press the dough down with your finger tips.  Make sure to pound down the entire edge before working your way to the inside of the dough.  Once the dough has been flattened, pick the dough up, hold the edge with one hand, and stretch it out with your other hand as a fist.  Once you have stretched it enough, you can continue with both fists.  When your dough has been stretched to your size preference, lay it down on your floured-pizza peel.  You will want to make sure you have enough flour on your peel so that the pizza slides onto the stone, but not too much so that it will stick to your dough and burn on the underside of your Valentine’s pizza.  

When you have your dough on the peel, you will need to move quickly and efficiently.  Make sure you have everything ready and at your fingertips at this point.  You don’t want to be fumbling around and cutting onions or opening jars of sauce while your dough is slowly soaking up the flour you sprinkled on the peel.  

Toppings

At this point, top the dough with any toppings that you would like: sauce, onions, sausage, garlic, oil, peppers, cheese, broccoli, chicken, etc.  The sky is the limit.  When the toppings are on, give the peel a little shimmy and shake to see if the dough will move freely on the peel.  Put the edge of your peel at the back of your stone and at an incline.  Start to shimmy and shake your peel so the pizza starts to slowly slide onto the stone.  As the pizza slides, slowly pull the peel back toward the front edge of the stone.Heart-Shaped Pizza

For the oven, I place the stone on the oven rack when it is in the lowest position.  I preheat the oven to the highest temperature possible.  Give the oven a bit more time to preheat so the stone will be at the same temperature.

We made a Valentine’s pizza with red sauce, mushrooms, sausage, and grated mozzarella.  For another, we used pesto for the sauce and topped it with ricotta and fresh mozzarella.  We baked them in the oven until they were golden brown. DEEELICIOUS!

Please let us know how your creations tasted!