Apologies for not doing as many Valentine’s Day themes posts as I said I would. A few days ago my computer decided to pooch out on me so I can only do posts from my iPhone right now. Still waiting on a diagnosis for the laptop *cross fingers*. As my last vday themed post I decided to tell you all about the magnificent heart shaped cookies I’ve grown up with. One of the best part of Valentine’s days past and present….and probably future. As I’m writing this I’m eating one, as well as some cinnamon hearts. Valentine’s Cut-Outs Recipe (this is my grandmother’s recipe) The numbers in parentheses are for if you want to make a bigger batch. 2 cups flour (3 c.) 1 tsp baking soda (1 1/2 tsp.) 1/2 tsp. salt (3/4 tsp.) *use less salt if you are going to be using salted butter* 1 1/2 cups quick oats (2 1/4 c.) Mix dry ingredients together. Cream: 1/2 c. Butter (3/4 c.) 1/2 c. Sugar (3/4 c.) 1/2 c. Brown sugar (3/4 c.) 1 egg (2 eggs) 1 tsp. vanilla extract (1 1/2 tsp.) 1/4 c. Milk (1/3 c.) Add dry ingredients mixture to creamed mixture. Chill dough for 1 hour – overnight. Roll dough to 1/8″ – cut out with heart cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Frost with with icing/confectioners sugar frosting with flavouring and/or red food colouring.
Make sure when you are rolling the dough to add flour as you go as this dough can be pretty sticky. I didn’t roll the whole thing out at once, I did it in smaller chunks. Also when you roll out make sure it’s not too thin that it’s falling apart, but not too thick that it won’t bake all the way through. Place the heart shaped cookies on an ungraded baking sheet, and slide into the oven to bake.
Mm don’t they look tasty. Now don’t be too hasty! Let them cool and then ice them! Now for the icing; mix together icing sugar with a little water. (And I’m mean a little) Add in some cherry flavouring (I recommend using a dropper as you don’t need much at all), and a few drops of red food colouring to reach your desired colour. You can also opt to go the no flavour way and just mix the sugar and water and colouring. Or we’ve also made it with cherry flavoured Kool Aid in the mix. Whatever you choose make sure to get it to the right consistency, you want it fairly thick, not a lot of dripping off the sides of your cookies. Now feel free to add sprinkles to your freshly iced cookies (do it fast cause they dry quickly) and most of all ENJOY!!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day ya’ll!