Since Valentine's Day is a handy excuse for me, the sugar lover, to eat pink & red sweet things, I gathered all the ingredients for sugar cookies from the pantry and put Reina and her friend to work this afternoon, fully taking advantage of having two teenage gals in the house. Turns out the gals were quite impressive, making sugar cookies from scratch from a recipe I found on Pinterest at www.twotwentyone.net/valentines-day-sugar-cookies/ that we modified just a tad. In fact, I hardly supervised while they went to work like busy bees making homemade icing as well as red & pink sprinkles with food coloring. Even more impressive, their sugar cookie batch resulted in 3 varieties of V-day delights: red & pink sprinkle cookies, pink icing cookies, and thumbprint cookies with strawberry preserves. The recipe was so easy and yummy that we'll be using this all year for more holidays and celebrations to come. Ah, a taste of heaven!!!
Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking power
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. half & half
1 drop of pink food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth.
4. Add egg and vanilla. Then blend in dry ingredients.
5. Roll dough in 1 inch balls. If desired, roll in sprinkles and squish slightly flat.
7. For thumbprint preserves, use a spoon to press down and form a crater. Then insert 1 teaspoon of preserves.
6. Bake 10 minutes.
To make icing, cream butter, beat in sugar, add half & half, and 1 drop of pink food coloring. Stir well. Heat for 20 seconds in microwave to spread more easily on cooled cookies.