How to bake the perfect sugar cookie | Valentine’s Day edition

This year for Valentine’s Day many of us will be home.  Here’s how we will spend the day, and I’d like to know, do you have plans?

valentine's day cookies
valentine's day sugar cookies

This year for Valentine’s Day

Baking

Do you enjoy baking?  I definately do but honestly I’m not the best baker.  I do better with stews, roasts, etc . If you follow my instagram cooking highlight you can watch me prepare some of my favorite weekday meals.

This year for Valentine’s Day we baked these simple sugar cookies and frosted them with pale pink frosting.  If you want to go all out, sandwhich your favorite ice cream between two cookies, dip in sprinkles and serve to your family for a special treat!  My recipe is gluten free but use whatever flour you’d like.

For the frosting add 2 cubes or 1 cup butter (room temperature) plus about 3 cups powdered sugar and a couple tablespoons of half & half.  Whip up these ingredients until combined and then seperate portions into small bowls, add a drop of food coloring and mix to desired color.  I used Chefmaster food color.  Use a toothpick to add the food color so you can adjust the intensity. Pipe on or just spread frosting on with a butter knife.

valentines day cookies

Valentine Exchange

Sounds silly but this can be fun, even with adults.  This year I bought these cute little cards and gave them out like candy on Halloween.  If you have basic art supplies around, you can easily make your own Valentine’s with doilies, glue, and glitter.

Movie or game night

There are so many romantic comedies to watch or if you have little ones, consider Jenga or SET Junior. Both are fun for all ages.

valentine's day cookies
valentine's day cookies

Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Cookies

These are prepared with gluten free flour and frosted with regular store bought frosting and also an organic variety.  The difference is texture, not taste :)

  • 3 cups 1 to 1 Rob Mills Gluten Free Flour ((you can also use all-purpose flour))
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp almond, coconut, or cows milk
  1. 1. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl

  2. 2.  In another bowl, blend sugar and butter until creamy.

  3. 3.  Add egg, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt.

  4. 4.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend.

  5. 5.  Divide dough into 2 balls and refrigerate for 2 hours.



  6. 6.  Remove dough and roll out onto lightly floured surface. 

  7. 7.  Use your favorite heart shape to cut out your cookies and carefully place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. 

  8. 8.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for about 7 minutes.  The cookies should be removed before they start to brown.  I allow mine to finish cooking on my cookie tray.  

  9. 9.  Cool slightly and frost.

Dessert

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2 Comments

  1. This is so funny I just made Valentine cookies with my granddaughter yesterday. They look almost identical to yours even the same sprinkles! I have a recipe for Sugar Cookies from an old Sunset magazine and use Martha Stewart’s Royal Icing. I will have to try yours next time. :o)

    1. Hi Linda! Such a fun activity to do with your granddaughter! The classic sugar cookie recipes are the best :) I’ve made Martha Stewart’s Royal Icing before and it’s delicious. The buttercream is completely different .. so yummy! Hope you are enjoying your week so far :)

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