Valentine's Day is a fun holiday for all ages. Making and giving cookies on this special day can be enjoyable for everyone; however, some recipes and ideas are too involved to be practical. Here are some ideas that are fun, easy and quick.
Making Easy Sugar Cookies
When making cookies for Valentine's Day, make sure you have all the necessary cookie cutters. Heart-shaped, angel-shaped, or x- and o-shaped cookie cutters all work well for this occasion; they also make it much easier to get great-looking cookies quick.
Most cookie recipes for Valentine's Day involve a simple sugar cookie batter. The key to starting well in sugar cookies is to have the butter at room temperature and to beat it well. One recipe calls for 1 cup of butter beat with 1 ½ cups powdered sugar. After mixing, add 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and ½ teaspoon of almond extract. In a separate bowl, mix 2 ½ cups flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar. Mix all this in with the butter mixture, and divide the dough into three parts. Roll each part into a ball, flatten with a rolling pin, and use the cookie cutter to cut out the desired shape. Cook on a cookie sheet for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees F.
As you roll out the dough, make sure you don't roll the dough too thin; aim for the layer of dough to be about ¼ - ½ inch thick.
There are several options for varying the recipes and cut-outs to create different and inventive treats. Try using two heart-shaped cookie cutters, with the first about half the size of the second one. When cutting the cookies, use the larger cookie cutter, but in half of the cookies, cut out a smaller heart with the smaller cutter. Once baked, frost the whole cookies with raspberry preserves; frost the cookies with hearts in the center with pink frosting. Place the pink-frosted cookies on top of the whole cookies to make Valentine Sandwich Cookies.
An even easier, creative recipe calls for all store-bought materials. Spread peanut butter onto the flat side of a vanilla wafer cookie, and place a popsicle stick onto the peanut butter. Top this with another vanilla wafer. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, and dip each cookie into the chocolate. Sprinkle with red or pink sprinkles; place on waxed paper to cool. Another option is to buy white-chocolate chips; after melting these, put a drop of red food coloring in the mix to create a pink frosting. For more creative results, write your own Valentine's Day message on the cookies.