Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Today I’d like to share two cookie recipes that call for ingredients you most likely will already have in your pantry.
Since a chill remains in the air during February, I like to set up a Valentine-inspired hot chocolate tray for the kids and any guests that might visit. Glazed sugar cookies make the perfect accompaniment to Valentine hot chocolate!
My Sugar Cookie recipe is one I’ve been using for numerous occasions since around the time I got married. It’s been the cookie for every holiday! I think have every shape of cookie cutter imaginable.
Glazed Sugar Cookies
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs yolks
2 cups all-purpose flour
With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the egg yolks, one at a time. Gradually add the flour and mix until dough starts to form a ball. Roll out between two sheets of plastic wrap to about 1/4-1/3 inch, depending on how thick you want them. Transfer the rolled out dough (still in between sheets of plastic wrap) onto a pan and place the pan in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes or more.
When you’re ready to cut the cookies out, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut out with cookie cutters and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. If you will not be using the glaze, sprinkle the cookies generously with sugar before baking. Bake 8-10 minutes until just starting to get golden. Take them out of the oven and leave on the cookie sheets for another couple of minutes. Carefully move cookies to a cooling rack.
This recipe does not make much dough, at least not for my crowds. So I at least double the recipe and sometimes triple or more!
For a glaze, stir together powdered sugar and a little milk until a good, spreadable consistency. Stir in food coloring. Pour a little glaze on the cookie and spread it around with the back of a small spoon (A Thomas the Train spoon works great! Haha!) Place the cookie back on the cooling rack and let them dry for a couple hours before storing.
Out of all the cookies I bake, these are my favorite! I’ve made them for baby showers, Easter, Christmas, and so many of my children’s birthdays. They are very special. I have so many good memories with these cookies. Now that my younger sister Katie has children, she too makes these cookies and *cookie memories* for her little kiddos!
For a very Valentiney hot chocolate tray, I fill teacups with marshmallows, candy hearts, white chocolate chips, and red sprinkles. Strawberry syrup is a pleasing Valentine’s alternative to chocolate syrup! I also keep a can of whipped cream on hand but didn’t have it on the tray for this photo.
Lastly, I include some packets of hot chocolate mix and set out a pretty teapot of hot water to make this sweet treat complete!
My second cookie recipe is one I got from my sister Allison.
They are cake mix cookies that she appropriately calls “Easy Cookies”. And they are! She served these Easy Cookies during one of our stays at her house several years ago when our children were younger. It was around Valentine’s Day. We’d gone to their Wednesday evening church service one night and when we got back to her house, she surprised the kids with a little Valentine snack of cookies and soft drinks. We let them stay up a little later and feel like they were having a party. My, those visits are some of the sweetest memories. Below is the recipe card Allison gave me on that trip.
1 (18.25 ounce) package cake mix, any flavor
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 cup candy kind of candy morsels (I’m a chocolate chip junkie so use a whole bag)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth. Stir in the candy morsels and nuts. Drop heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
I made these last year when we wanted to take Valentine treats to Nonie’s friends at her assisted living home. I like how versatile this recipe is! You can get creative with different cake mix flavors. I had Strawberry cake mix–the perfect color for Valentine’s Day–on hand so that’s what I used. And instead of mixing the white chocolate chips into the cookie dough, I melted them to dip the cookies into, and also found some purple chocolate wafers in my pantry to melt and drizzle on top.
We packaged the cookies in these containers for which I find so many uses. Two cookies per box made the perfect serving size for each of the ladies we visited.
So what are your favorite Valentine sweets?