As is my tradition, the last few nights proved to be quite a production in my home kitchen. Ah, yes! The valentine cookie production. My family has had a favorite sugar cookie recipe for as long as I can remember. My handwritten recipe file of old family favorites was taken out of the cupboard, and the production began. My baby sister's penned directions made me long for a family bake-off! It is a real project, but well worth it. And you will be the happy recipients! Just stop by my store either Friday or Saturday for your sweet gift from me.
The dough is mixed and ready to chill. (Check out these way cool kitchen colors! They make me happy.
The rolling process begins after several hours of chilling. Yum! Cookie dough.....
Could there be a cuter apron??! My darling sister in law made it, yes I said MADE it! While on vacation in Santa Fe as guests of my 6'3" brother (yes, I am the mutant of the family....) all of the sisters admired Linda's. She went promptly home and within a week or so, each of us had one of these in the mail! Good mail for sure. Who couldn't tackle the task of dozens of rolled, decorated valentine cookies with the help of this?
Should I carry these in the store?
It's going to be a long night, sure wish Denise were here! I can't help thinking of her saying how "these will sure make my pants fit better"!
Here's the first batch, ready for baking..........all the same size on a cookie sheet for best results.
Cooling and "stacking up"!
I tinted the butter cream frosting ever so slightly and it resulted in petal pink, robin egg blue, and mint. White is always good for accents in the piping for finishing touches. I start with butter, heavy cream, powdered sugar,and vanilla. My mother always taught me that good butter cream frosting always needs a pinch of salt.
I'm pretty happy how the bake-off is going..........
In progress closeup!
The end is in sight......can I taste one now?
The butter cream frosting will set up, and then into the freezer.......very carefully.
I'm very happy with the end result! I hope to see you Friday or Saturday to pick up your gift. Happy Valentines Day to you from me. If any of you are interested in the recipe, you can find it on my daughter, Michelle's, recipe blog. You can link to it right from mine!