Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sweet Sunday-Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone and I'm back with another Sweet Sunday!

Today I am featuring my mom's recipe for Sugar Cookies. I have been making these sugar cookies with my mom forever. We always had decorated sugar cookies for the holidays for as long as I can remember. Tins and tins filled with cookies!! And now I use my mom's recipe. I don't know where she got it, but it's definitely a keeper. I know everybody has their favorite sugar cookier recipe, and this is mine.

Cutout Cookies

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup shortening
2 cups flour
1 egg
3/4 cups sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
grated orange or lemon peel

-beat butter and shortening
-add sugar, egg, milk, vanilla, baking powder, orange peel
-mix thoroughly
-add flour, mix well
-divide dough into 2 parts, but inbetween wax paper
-chill dough for 3 hours or longer
-after chilled, roll dough out on floured surface
-cut into desired shapes
-bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes

The orange peel really makes the cookie. Gives it a little punch of flavor without being overwhelming. I have made them both with and without the orange...and I prefer adding the orange peel. I baked a few batches of big heart cookies for my daughter's 1st grade class's Valentine's party and I had a bunch of dough left over. So I made cute little mini heart cookies!!

Decorated with royal icing and heart sprinkles. My daughter helped me with the sprinkles. I used stiff royal icing to pipe the outline of the cookies and then flooded the middle with thinned out royal icing. I was doing alot of experimenting with consistencies, I'm still not good with figuring out if it's thin enough or thick enough. Lots of trial and error!!

And still trying to make all the cookies the same thickness or else you get browned or burnt ones in your batch. See that brown one in the stack??? Too thin on the pan!!

And because I love making treat bags, I presented the cookies like this:

I downloaded the image from Twig & Thistle. I then put the bags through my printer and printed the Valentine image on the front. Super easy!! Punched some holes in the top, added some ribbon and added the cookies. A fun way to give some Valentine treats!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's day with your family and friends! Thanks for stopping by for Sweet Sunday!


BethieJ said...

Mara these are so CUTE!!! I LOVE the bags.. Happy Valentines Day!!

Sarah said...

What I wouldn't do for some of those cookies right now!! I was going to make them this weekend too but I am waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy too tired!! So I will live through your pics :)

Michelle Whitlow said...

Hi there :) I'm fairly new to your blog. I just tried out making those luminaries that you made at Xmas time with the jars. We did Valentine's ones!

Sarah Lou said...

Oh yum, love this sweet sunday! i love the decoration of them!!

wendipooh13 said...

oh my gosh those mini cookies are sooo cute and yummy!!! they look delicious

Mona Pendleton said...

YUMMY Mara! Happy Valentine's Day :)

Samantha Hauzer said...

Those cookies look so cute! I love the bags you made too :)

Lee said...

Those cookies are so cute and I love the bags too!

ellen s. said...

just too darn cute and festive!

Monique said...

What a great idea!! Your cookies look so Yummie and these little bags are fabulous..How easy is that and such a cute way to give!! TFS:)

msmith434343 said...

Oh, Mara! So glad to have found your blog again and you did not disappoint with these adorable cookies and bags!

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Rebecca Keppel said...

I've been staying away from treats for about a week, so I am so glad that plate of adorable delicious looking cookies is not really in front of me. They look so good! Those treat bags are so pretty too :)

Val said...

Mara, your cookies look delicious and oh so cute. Those bags are amazing. What kind of printer do you have that you can run the bags through? Gorgeous project.

Joni M said...

I love the little cookies! I've been searching for years for a good sugar cookie recipe!

Amber Zimmerman said...

Hi Mara! So happy to be on the crazy daisy kits DT with you! I look forward to getting to know you. I can see I will be visiting often. . .I am a dessert lush. ;-) Those caramel brownies are callin' me!

anya said...

These are adorable! The treat bags through the printer are fantastic! I can't wait to try your recipe!

Karina said...

Those treat bags are amazing - just send them through the printer and nothing gets stuck? Brilliant.

Thanks for sharing mom's recipe - I just printed it out (for the days when I don't cheat and use the bag mix).

IamDerby said...

oh my those cookies are so sweet! I find the flooding technique to be one of the hardest techniques. I love your little bags so cute.