This photo is from last year on Valentine’s Day.
Which feels like a lifetime ago.
It was before we knew we were moving.
Before we left our life in Arkansas.
Before Tiny Oven. And slightly mildewed jeans + towels.
Friends, let me just admit that this is the year I turn into the person who buys their children treats at the store instead of filling the house with the smell of vanilla and peppermint frosting.
But if you have a KitchenAid mixer, a real oven and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, then I strongly suggest you make these glazed heart-shaped cookies or maybe Martha Stewart’s Vanilla Bean Cupcakes.
Heart Shaped Cookies for Your Valentine
This recipe makes 20-24 big cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs.
Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap dough in plastic; chill for about 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 325°. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into heart shaped cookies. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Bake until edges just start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks; decorate as desired.
Sugar Cookie Glaze
1 pound powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring (here’s what I used)
Mix all ingredients together in the bowl of a stand or hand mixer. Use immediately, as it begins to harden quickly. Spread with an offset spatula.
Makes enough to ice about 24 large cookies.
When the cookie glaze hardens, you can actually wrap these cookies up in cellophane bags and give them as gifts.
And whether you are eating store bought treats or homemade ones, or no treats at all, I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!