Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day

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

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
If you’re a more experienced baker and can easily whip together a more complicated recipe than sugar cookies, check out these recipes from around the web:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

8 Comments

  1. Suba @ Wealth Informatics Reply

    My husband made some chocolate dipped strawberries and a bunch of chocolate chips cookies on Saturday for valentines day. I know it is a simple recipe, but it was very cute and it tasted wonderful. Better than anything he could have bought me.

    Happy valentine’s day!

    • @Suba – Yum! I love chocolate dipped strawberries. We’re very lucky to live in an area that has access to fresh strawberries almost year-round. 😉

  2. My wife made me my favorite (oatmeal raisin) cookies for Valentine’s Day.

  3. Someone threatened to sue me for millions on Valentine’s Day so it was one of the most stressful days in a long time. Although the charge was completely unfounded the thought of spending a small fortune defending myself was pretty stressful. It’s all blown over now but it was not a fun couple of days.

    • @FirstGenAmerican- What?! That’s awful! Are you going to write a post about your experience? I’m glad to hear that whatever it was has blown over.

  4. youngandthrifty Reply

    @First Gen American- that sounds terrible!

    For Valentines Day, my boyfriend usually plays basketball on Mondays, so I told him he should just continue with his routine and we can celebrate a belated V-day another day (and use a 50% coupon, since on special days like Valentines, the restaurant likely isn’t willing to honor coupons 🙂 )

    Your husband sounds great- cooks for you and is understanding. What a keeper! I hope you had a good day in lieu of Valentines Day!

  5. we’re not big Valentine’s people, but we do have fun celebrating our anniversary a few days later (Feb. 20). Usually a trip around that time or some unique experience. Love it that your DH cooks; my dad was the main cook. (Mom burned boiled eggs once.)

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