growing up, my parents made sure that valentine’s day was special. hand-picked cards from my dad, treats and presents from my mom and constant reminders that the day is to tell the people you love how much you love them always made me love february 14. as time goes on, i feel like people get increasingly bitter about cupid’s holiday. unreal expectations, loneliness or pity parties have no place on my valentine’s day!
just as the quote i posted earlier from love actually, i think it’s important to remember that valentine’s day doesn’t have to be strictly reserved for romantic love. and while i think it’s important to make people feel loved on valentine’s day, know they’re appreciated on thanksgiving or special on their birthday, don’t forget to do these things every day.
in addition to valentine’s brunch with my friends yesterday, a BRIGHT PINK manicure and pedicure yesterday and wearing pink and red today, i wanted to spread some valentine cheer with cookies. obviously. i took the same sugar cookie recipe i used when i made holiday stars and candy canes in december, but took a different approach to the decorating. i must say that they took a while to chill, roll out, bake, decorate and cool. and i did whine a bunch in between each frosting shift… but in the end, i think they’re bright, fun and a sweet treat for the day.
1/2 batch sugar cookie recipe
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon meringue powder
2 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
make the sugar cookies, according to the recipe. roll the dough out and use heart-shaped cookie cutters to shape them. let them cool completely on a wire cooling rack before you attempt to frost them.
while the cookies are cooling, get started on the icing. mix together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, water and almond extract using an electric mixer for five or so minutes until it thickens up.
divide the icing into separate cups or bowls based on how many different colors you plan to use. add food coloring to each and load up your piping bag.
carefully outline the shape of your cookie before flooding inside the outline. repeat for each color you’re decorating with.
originally i was planning to do 4-5 colors and making them look like necco conversation hearts, but after cleaning the piping bag and going through each step, watching the clock near midnight, i got far less ambitious.
if you want to do a glaze to go under some festive pink, red or heart-shaped sprinkles, take any remaining white frosting and add another 1-2 Tablespoons of water. whisk until it’s runny and more of a glaze.
dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze and then flip them upright to dry on the cooling rack. while they’re still wet, sprinkle the glittery stuff on top.
let the cookies dry overnight before packaging. as i was advised… you’ll think they’re dry before then. they’re not.
spread the love! happy valentine’s day, everyone :)
ps: click here for a printable version of the recipe(s)!