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:

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

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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

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  3. Mmm, they look very eatable, Lorrie!

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

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  5. 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. :)

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

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  7. 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

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

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

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  10. Happy Valentine's Day!
    =)

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

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  11. Happy valentine day x

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  12. Happy Valentine's Day!

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


    Gabriela

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  13. So pretty! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  14. 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

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  15. Love your cookies!!

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  16. 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

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

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

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