(FYI, recipe at bottom.)
Growing up, we had the most wonderful tradition every February 14th morning.
Giant heart-shaped sugar cookies. For each person. With your name on it. Just for YOU. As a kid, that was heaven…
Who am I kidding? It’s heaven as an adult!
Seriously though, I was never lonely on Valentine’s Day. #justsayin
Four years ago, my husband and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day. I was super pumped because my mom sent us two giant cookies in the mail.
Turns out, unbeknownst🧐 to me, my husband’s family had the exact same tradition!
So HIS mom sent us two giant heart-shaped sugar cookies, too!
It was the greatest accident of my life.
Last year, I started making our own heart sugar cookies (with my mom’s incredible recipes).
They’re so delicious and wonderful, and here are some fabulous pictures.
(We haven’t been using silicone mats lately, cause ours seem to transfer a weird taste to our baked goods.😭)
I love love LOVE my plastic frosting decorating thingies that I snagged at a yard sale for basically free- easy to clean (throw em in the dishwasher!), easy to switch out the tips, easy to operate. #holla
How it works is that you put the cookies outside, knock on your front door, and then run around inside to open your door and to see the cookies that Saint Valentine left. It’s like Santa.
Kids I love it.
Obviously, I’m not the world’s best frosting decorator, but they were de.li.cious.
It’s my favorite tradition ever, and you should start it.
Sugar cookie recipe:
2/3 cup shortening or butter (I used butter)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 tsp milk
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
1.5 tsp. Baking powder
Cream shortening (or butter) and sugar. Add vanilla, egg, and milk. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients. Chill 😎 for at least 1/2 hour. Roll out on floured surface. (Probably 1/4 inch thick.) Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies.
Bake on preheated oven on greased baking sheet (I didn’t grease mine, and I cooked it at 370°.) Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown. (I rolled mine pretty thin and they were done around 6 minutes.)
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
If sticky, add a TINY bit of milk.