Realizing that the years of baking these cookies for my children’s classmates were definitely over I decided to put a little twist on the original Valentine Cookie Tradition.
I baked the same cookie recipe in a much bigger Valentine shape and delivered them to “much bigger children.”
This recipe for Sugar Cookies comes from the first Cookie Book I ever owned. The dough is easy to put together, holds its cut out shape very well and are very tasty. A little dip in some melted chocolate and a sprinkle of candy hearts dresses them up for the special occasion.
I just delivered two of the remaining cookies today and the last one will be going into a “bigger person's” lunch bag tomorrow.
Time certainly has a way of changing things but I’m glad I figured out a way to hold on to my sweet Valentine tradition!
Valentine Sugar Cookies
1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar (sift before measuring)
1 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Beat together sugar and butter.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- In a medium bowl sift together flour and baking soda.
- Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until well combined and forms a soft dough.
- Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
- Divide dough in half and roll approximately into 3/16 of an inch thick on a lightly floured pastry cloth or between 2 lightly floured sheets of wax paper.
- Cut with cookie cutter.
- Place on a lightly greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake 7 to 8 minutes or until delicately golden.
- Makes 5 dozen 2 to 2 ½ inch cookies or one dozen 5 inch hearts.
- When completely cooled dip part of the cookie into melted chocolate or decorate as desired.
- If you have never used cream of tartar it comes in a white powder form. I once knew someone who was unfamiliar with this product and couldn’t find it since she was looking for something in a cream form. It can be purchased in the spice aisle at the grocery store or at the bulk food store.
- If you don’t want to use chocolate after cutting out cookies sprinkle them with granulated sugar then bake. Simple but oh so good!
Cookie Cutters used for "little people."
Cookie Cutter used for "bigger people."