Unfortunately, I have to skip Valentine’s Day this year – I work all day and then go to class this evening, which means I won’t be home until around 7pm. Not that I’m all that into the whole mushy romantic thing anyway, but missing almost every romantic holiday over the past year since I’ve returned to school (my 10th anniversary, Valentine’s Day, my birthday) begins to put a damper on any romance I’d have hoped to experience. Thankfully, my husband is very understanding. He is also the primary cook in our household, so any special meal preparation begins and ends with him. I’m pretty much useless in the kitchen unless I’m pouring myself a bowl of cereal. This year, though, I think I might be able to whip up a batch of Valentine’s Day Cookies. Baking seems to be the one area of cooking I can actually accomplish without too many mistakes or grease-fires. It’s also an inexpensive way to celebrate this traditionally over-priced holiday.
Valentines Day Cookie Recipes from around the Web
Basic Sugar Cookies (a simple recipe even I could follow). (recipe from realsimple.com)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cups unsalted butter (or 2 sticks)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
- With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a disk and (unless otherwise specified in an individual recipe) refrigerate, wrapped, for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
- Make cookies according to directions in the 10 Ideas For Sugar Cookie Dough collection. Alternately, make cutout cookies by doing the following: Heat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll out each disk ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on parchment-lined baking sheets; refrigerate until firm. Sprinkle with decorating sugar, if using, and bake until just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.