Unique Valentine’s Day Cookies

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday I promised myself I would not talk about Valentine’s Day today.

I thought that everybody would be posting “Top Ten Things to Get Your Girlfriend” and “Ode To My Lover”, so I didn’t want you guys to read another blog about this holiday.

But I’m breaking my own promise. Why?

Because of these….

Windowpane Cookies..and they are edible

Aren’t they so cute and creative looking cookies? And I think it beats the average cupcake or those chalk¬†sweathearts. Actually, my 5 year old sister brought home a note from her teacher saying “Please do not bring any cupcakes to school on Valentine’s Day. We have too many already. Think of something creative.” Unfortunatly for her teacher, we did bring cupcakes…these cookies are for family and maybe some friends (If there is any left).

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour

Hard candy for cookie center (Jolly Ranchers)

Directions:

1. Making the dough: Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar. Beat in the egg until evenly mixed, then blend in the vanilla extract and salt.

2. With a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the creamed ingredients, about one third at a time, until evenly blended. The dough may seem soft, but it will firm up when refrigerated.

3. Divide the dough in half. Flatten each portion into a disk and seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Creating the cookies: Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a sturdy baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper lightly dusted with flour, roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet.

5. Cut out the cookies with a large cookie cutter. Use a spatula to transfer the shapes to the baking sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies. Remove the centers of the cookies with a smaller cookie cutter. (Save the centers to bake later.)

6. Place a hard candy (we used Jolly Ranchers) in the center of each heart and bake until the cookies start to brown lightly around the edges and the candy is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. To prevent sticking, line your serving plate or tin with waxed paper and place additional waxed paper between layers. Makes 30.

Take this platter of cookies, some flowers (my favorite is gerbera daisy), and a handmade pop-upcard…and give them to your valentine (which include any family member, including your mother-in-law).

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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