To the man I love—Sugar Cookies

The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” said Julia Child.

I started preparing for the man of my dreams to show up before Valentine’s Day: making him cookies etc. Not really, but I wish! I just love the colors and it is a holiday based around chocolate and sweets.

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To see how to make sugar cookies and royal icing check out my previous blog entry. I got the cutter from Old River Road company or you can buy it a Sur La Table. It is a 5″ heart. I rolled out the cookies to 1/2″ because I wanted them thick in order to ship.

1.)I let the cookies cool and then made a batch of royal icing. You need the icing to be thick enough that it holds it’s shape. I made a pastry bag out of parchment but if you are unsure just use a piping bag with a small round tip or use a plastic ziplock bag with the corner cut off.

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2.)Once the icing outline is firm make a thinner batch of royal icing. The more liquid you add to the royal icing the longer it will take to set. You can use a squeeze bottle or spread the royal icing out with a spoon towards the edge of the cookie. Make sure the icing is not too runny that you can not control it. You can use a toothpick to push the icing to the corners.

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3.)As soon as you spread the icing out to the edges pipe small dots of red icing which is the same consistency as the white royal icing.

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4.)Using a knife go through the dots starting at the top pulling the knife in the center of each dot to create a beautiful hearts.

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5.)Fill all the cookies will royal icing and let sit for one day until the icing firms up.

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6.)These cookies take a lot of patience and I wish my mom was here to help me. As a kid ,my mom would always help me in the kitchen doing the fine details on the cookies. It is always fun when there is two having a “sugar cookie party” ,as I would call it. But, since my mom lives in Pennsylvania I had to crank up the music and have a solo sugar cookie party.

 

 

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7.)Pipe with chocolate little naughty or nice sayings. Thanks to my wonderful friends for suggestions. I kept the naughty ones out of the pictures.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

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So be creative and create your own cookies for your lover or friends.  If you do not feel comfortable piping you could always use a stencil and spread the icing over top of the stencil with an offset.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Art work done by my mom. Check out her etsy store.

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