Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Cookies and a Kitchen Tip



Should you come to my house for tea today or tomorrow (and I'd love it if you would), you'd be served sugar cookies. This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago and is her standard. Crisp, buttery, and so good. When I went away to college, she sent a box of pink iced heart shaped cookies at Valentine's Day. You could say they are a family tradition.
 

Unlike my talented daughter-in-law who makes the most amazing cakes, I am not a decorator of food. I cook, I present, but I don't decorate. My lines are uneven, and I'm never happy with the results. I'm learning that icing consistency is EVERYTHING!  Today I couldn't find my icing bag and tips (that's how often I use them). Instead, I found these condiment holders, never used. I cut the attached lids off since they just got in my way. What an easy way to decorate. I'll probably never go back to the bags. Well, I might. But this is easy. Trust me. 






Most of these cookies will be going out the door to my children's homes. (Act surprised, kids). But there will be a few here for us to munch on as well.

Any Valentine traditions being upheld in your home? Are you staying in or going out? Flowers or chocolate? 

 

18 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great tip! You should link up these yummy looking cookies for the "Be My Valentine" linky party tomorrow. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your cookies look delicious Lorrie! We are staying in and hubby bought me flowers today. :) Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Elizabethd said...

Mmm, they look very eatable, Lorrie!

ellen b. said...

I love that tip! The cookies look real good...

Cheryl said...

We are on the same page today, Lorrie! Your cookies are beautiful...and I love the white rectangular tray that they are sitting on.

About using condiment holders for applying the icing? I think that's a stroke of genius! We once had a dispenser that was especially for icing. But the lid wanted to pop off in the middle of the process. I was trying to drizzle a cheesecake and the lid popped off, plopping a big blob of chocolate in the middle of it. I threw the dispenser away...and salvaged the cheesecake by spreading the blob out over the center. I think I'll look for some condiment holders. :)

Kit said...

I love your cookies! Polka dots are where it's at. Great idea about the bottles. Kit

Mary said...

Lorrie, they are so pretty and very professional looking. What a great idea to utilize the condiment bottles - I'm never good at decorating with icing but may try this way next time!

Happy St.Valentine's Day to you and yours - save a cookie for me please!

Hugs - Mary

Kathleen Grace said...

What adorable cookies! So pretty, and a great idea to use the squeeze bottles. Chocolate AND flowers:>)

aimee said...

Love the polka dots on your cookies...and your tip about using the condiment bottles:)
Have a great Valentine's Day!
Blessings, Aimee

Mr Lonely said...

Happy Valentine's Day!
=)

Regards,
http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

cucki said...

Happy valentine day x

Gabriela Delworth - Training Specialist and Designer said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

These cookies look awesome! Do you ship to Toronto? :o)


Gabriela

materfamilias said...

So pretty! Happy Valentine's Day!

Monica said...

NEVER tried icing before! But your cookies look so pretty that I will. And oh, those cups and saucers are just divine!
Thanks for all of your kindness, always- I treasure each and every comment you leave me!
xo

Bloggymom said...

Love your cookies!!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Those cookies look so good. A friend at school made some and her 4th grade daughter iced them, so that's what I had for breakfast this morning. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Barbara said...

Crisp and buttery is all I need but they do look pretty.

GretchenJoanna said...

That's a great decorating idea, and your cookies are just beautiful. A belated Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! Love, love, love.....