Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Easy Valentine's Day Cookies


Valentine's Day will be here before we know it, so I wanted to find some fun and easy cookie recipes. My family and I love celebrating the day with the kids, and themed treats are a big part of it.

I remember when I was young and Valentine's Day always seemed to me to be about romantic love. And of course romantic love is wonderful, but I really like how it has become more of a day about all kinds of love. No one is left out and everyone is made to feel special. That's the best kind of day for sure!

These cookies are some of the easiest I've ever made, and they taste so good. They are actually sort of like a cookie and donut combination. They are soft in the inside, and the glaze gives them a perfect sweetness.


This recipe makes 18 cookies but can easily be doubled. My granddaughter wants us to make them for her preschool Valentine's Day party, and I think that's a great idea!

Do make sure that the glaze is completely dry before you take them off the rack so that the sprinkles are set.

Recipe for Easy Valentine's Day Cookies

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For Glaze:

1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons milk

sprinkles of choice for decoration

Directions:

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and eggs until blended. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.

  • With floured hands, roll rounded tablespoons of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. Bake until puffed and the bottoms are pale golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

  • Make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, and 4 tablespoons milk.

  • Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and set on rack, sprinkle on decoration. Let cookies set until glaze is dry, about 20 minutes.

  • Makes 18 cookies.


    Another great thing about this recipe besides it's great taste is how easily it can adapt to any holiday or season. Just change the color of the glaze with food coloring, and the sprinkles to match the occasion.


    Patricia
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