Valentine's Day is on Monday. V-Day is one of the holidays that I appreciated when I was little for the school art projects, friend valentine cards, and gifts from my parents. It lost its muster in my teens and early 20s. This is the first year, however, that I am back in the cupid spirit. I owe this in part to my wonderful students and their excitement for EVERY holiday. I had one last week who was celebrating his favorite holiday, Groundhog's day! We have a school dance on Monday, which is always a wonderful time and the students are very excited to decorate and give their friends and parents gifts, so rather than fight it, I have decided to get in the spirit. If you can't beat 'em, might as well join 'em.
and might as well make Valentine's Day cookies. I found the PERFECT recipe in Mary's recipe box...
Heartthrob Cookie Dough
(newspaper recipe taped onto recipe card)
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
I used one of Mary's cookie cutters to make the hearts...
...you can tell that it has been used with love for many years!
I decorated the cookies with drizzles of pink royal icing (1 cup sifted powder sugar, 1 tsp milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and red food coloring). HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY