Valentine’s Cookies

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Valentine Cookie PlateThese cookies are not only beautiful, but they are so delicious, but so easy for anyone to decorate.  Stripes, dots, outline, flowers.  Once you start, you’ll be hooked. 


I haven’t done to much decorating with a pastry bag and icing, but with a little practice, the cookies come out looking really beautiful.  Let me show you what I used and how I decorated the cookies.  First thing to remember, they don’t have to be perfect.  And, if you make a mistake, or you just don’t like what it looks like, wipe it off and start again.  You will have time before the icing hardens.  



Cookie Decorating Supplies

On the left are the supplies that I used to decorate.  Pastry bag, coupler, tips and plastic squeeze bottles.  I picked up all these supplies at my local Michael’s.  


On the right is a closer look at the tips that I used to decorate these cookies.  

Cookie decorating tips



Cookie Decorating examples

The first thing that you must do is practice.  See what each one of the tips will do.  I practiced going in a straight line, then I went back and forth in the line.  I also tried to create a different kind of line.  After that, I practiced making stars and small flowers.  The way you would make the stars and flowers that I used is to put the tip down on the paper, squeeze out some icing until you have the size you are looking for.  At that point, stop squeezing the icing bag and move the tip down then up to break off the icing.  


I used Wilton products.  If you go on their website, you will see that there are lots of tips and techniques that can be used to make all sorts of elaborate flowers, designs and pictures on cakes and cookies.  I practiced on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, but there is a practice board on the Wilton site that looks great.  


The icing that I used is typical Royal Icing.  There are two ways that you can make Royal Icing.  Either way is fine.  I used the meringue powder.  Royal icing gets hard pretty quickly, so if you aren’t going to use it all right away, you MUST cover it tightly or put it in a plastic ziploc bag so it will stay soft until you want to use it again.  

I divided the icing, keeping half white and the other half red.  I used red Wilton Icing color to make the icing really red. 

Royal Icing

1 Lb Confectioners Sugar

3 Egg Whites

1/2 tsp Cream of Tarter

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Royal Icing

1 Lb Confectioners Sugar

3 TBSP Meringue Powder

5 TBSP Warm Water


Valentine Cookie

For this one, i used an outline tip for the center, then used the edging tip to go around the outside of the small heart in white icing.  Then, using the flower tip, I filled in the middle.  For the dots, I used the outlining tip and went down and up with the decorating bag to create dots. 

Valentine Cookie1

For this one, I made a big heart in red, the edging tip to go inside the red heart, then with the outlining tip, I made a smaller red outline inside the pink cookie.  I filled it in with icing that was thinned out, then sprinkled the inside heart with red sugar.

Valentine Cookie3

This one was so easy, I outlined the pink heart. Then, I used the flower tip and went all around the edge of the cookie.

Valentine Cookie5

For this one, I put a very thin layer of red icing, then I went back over it with a thicker layer of red stripes.  Red sugar on top, and its done. 


I used a typical Sugar Cookie recipe to make the cookies, and used food coloring for 1/4 of the dough and rolled them out to 1/4 inch thick.   I used 2 heart cookie cutters to make the heart shapes, one medium size and one smaller.  As you can see, I kept some of the dough white, some red/pink and some multi color.  The most important thing is not to cook the cookies to long.  Just when they start to turn light brown, take them out.


Rolled Out Sugar Cookies

2 Eggs

2/3 Cup Shortening

2/3 Cup Soft Butter

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

3 1/2 Cups Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Salt

2 tsp Vanilla

Beat eggs in a large mixer bow.   Add all remaining ingredients.  Mix on low speed until completely combined and dough forms.  Flour surface of board and turn out dough onto board.  Form a ball and divide in half.  Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Roll out to 1/4 inch.  Cut with cookie cutter.  Bake in 375º oven for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.


Valentine Cookie Dough

Valentine Cookie Dough1

Valentine Cookie Dough2

Valentine Cookie Done

Valentine Cookie Done1

Valentine Cookie Done2



Sugar Cookies

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Sugar Cookies

You can probably find a sugar cookie recipe in just about every cookbook you have as well as every cooking website and blog that you go on.  The reason why, is that they’re a staple.  You can bake them plain, decorate them with icing and decorations, or you can use the dough as the base for a multitude of other cookies.  I like this recipe, it’s fast and easy.  You can make it ahead and keep it in the refrigerator for several days. 




1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Butter, softened

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Almond Extract

1 Egg

2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Cream of Tartar

Red and Green colored sugar



Preheat oven to 375º.

In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and the butter with electric mixer on medium speed.  Stir in vanilla, almond extract and the egg.  Add the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.  

Heat oven to 375º

When I baked these cookies, I went old school.  I rolled them with a 1 inch scoop then pressed them down with the back of a glass dipped in flour.    I sprinkled them with colored sugar before baking on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Cutout cookies – Lightly flour surface.  Roll out 1/2 the dough at a time to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut into desired shapes. On ungreased cookie sheets place shapes about 2 inches apart.  

Bake 7-10 minutes or until light brown.  Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.  Cool completely.