Valentine’s Day Preparations

I spent the morning making some cookies for my daughter to take to daycare to give out to all her friends.

Cut-out cookies

I got the recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).
  2. Mix butter in a mixer until light, add remaining ingredients.
  3. Knead until velvety. Roll one-half of the dough at a time to about 1/4 inch thickness using the smallest amount of flour possible.
  4. Cut out and bake on a lightly greased pan for 12 minutes. Cookies will be almost white when cooked.
*I was able to find some helpful tips when I read some of the reviews.  The first being to lower the temperature to 300 degrees if your oven has the tendency to brown your baked goods quickly.  The second tip being to roll your cookies out between two layers of parchment paper.  That way you don’t need any flour for dusting AND clean up is so easy.
Sugar Cookie Icinghere is where I found the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • assorted food coloring

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.
*I ended up using vanilla extract instead of almond extract and it still tastes good.  I think it’s personal preference really.  I had read some reviews prior to picking this recipe and as other reviewers mentioned, I had to play with the amounts of milk and corn syrup to get it to the desired consistency.  I used a paintbrush to put the icing on in the design I wanted and it worked perfectly.  The icing also dried within a few hours and looks all glossy and shiny.  

Of course my daughter helped with all the exciting parts.

Cutting out the cookies:




 

 

Doing quality control on the cookies before icing:

Looks like they passed the first test, now time to test the cookies after they were covered in icing and sprinkles:

I’m hoping all her friends will enjoy them as much as she did.  She insisted on testing a lot of cookies today. 🙂

Here they are all decorated and ready to be given to her friends tomorrow:

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One Response to Valentine’s Day Preparations

  1. Jana D says:

    Cute – Looks like fun! What an awesome little helper!

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