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Valentines Cookie Recipe

Destiny Made Some Lovely Valentine Cookies

Now, here's one that's been around since grandma's were invented—That great ol’ standby, Valentines Sugar Cookie. It's a fine recipe I'm sure to turn to when this Christmas holiday is here again because it is one that rolls out easily to make those lovely heart shapes. It's fun to make valentines sugar cookies for your special friends.

The recipe below is a never fail Valentines Sugar Cookie, that will melt in your mouth if ya don't over bake ‘em! Yum!!

These valentines sugar cookies can be made into sweet sandwich cookies, shaped like hearts. Valentines cookies are popular throughout Europe. Make them heart shaped and jam filled sandwiches. A bit of powdered sugar provides a pastry shop kind of finish.

Preheat your oven to 370 degrees F.

Valentines Cookies Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
(HINT: use butter, they sure taste better even if there are a few more calories. Oh My! You’re eating a cookie, not a piece of celery. Forget the diet for once!)
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 -1/3 cups pecans, ground
a bit of powdered sugar

In a large bowl and electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy, beat in the vanilla and eggs. Gradually add pecans and flour, blending thoroughly as you go. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until easy to handle (1 to 2 hours) or for up to 3 days.

On a floured surface, roll out cookie dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut out hearts with a 2 or 3 inch heart shaped cookie cutter. Put valentines cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheets. Space cookies about 1 inch apart. You can cut out a hole in the center of half of the cookies, using a spoon or knife to make a 1/2 inch hole. Bake valentines cookies at 370 degrees, for about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer hot valentine sugar cookies to a cool place.

Red Icing with Crushed Peppermint Candy

Sift a bit of powdered sugar on top of the cookies with holes, in the center of each. Spread the other half of cookies with the raspberry jam or pink icing with sprinkles. Place the sugar topped cookie on top each jam topped cookie. Will form a sweet Valentines sandwich cookie.
Store cookies in a air tight container.
Recipe makes about 3 dozen heart shaped Valentines cookies.

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Grandma's Cookies and Tea

As I watched the sun sink low in the west, I reminisced about my grandma and how she loved the sunset. She would sit on the swing on the porch, eating one of her famous sugar cookies and sipping her cup of tea. She would watch the big, round, yellow ball kiss the horizon and softly say a prayer thanking God for another beautiful day.

However, during the day she did what she loved best. She would get out her recipe box and go through her cookie recipes to see what she thought would appeal to her loved ones. She knew that my favorite was oatmeal and raisin and my brother’s was brownies with frosting on them. My sister was partial to Grandma’s peanut butter cookies.

She would finally decide on which cookie she was going to bake that day. No matter what Grandma made they were always a hit!!

Oh how I miss my Grandma’s home baking. Grandma left her cooking sheets and cookie recipes for me, but somehow, no matter how hard I try, I can never get mine to taste the same as Grandmas! But I won’t give up because I am sure one day, my granddaughters will reminisce about their Grandma’s cookies and try to get them to taste as good as mine!

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In case you haven’t heard … gourmet style cookies are to 2013 what cupcakes were for 2011! The cookie's somewhat dull, predictable reputation has undergone a complete makeover from glazed and filled to become the latest trend in the pastry scene. Artisan and “designer” cookies are popping up at local Farmer’s Markets, specialized bakeries and are even being featured on menus in restaurants, as a delightfully delicious dessert.

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Note: For you people whom have never read a recipe before,
(an’ I know you’re out there)
here are what some abbreviations mean.

c.= cup (what else?)
tsp. = teaspoon
Tbsp.= Tablespoon (notice this one is always capitalized)
pwd.= powder
amt.= amount
lt. br. = light brown (as in sugar)
lg. = large (as in eggs)

granulated sugar = white sugar
(you know, the kind ya stir into your coffee each
mornin’ before your eyes will open).

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