What do you do?
Make Valentine Cookies!!
Today was supposed to be a fun day filled with Valentine cards and sweets for the little ones at Mother’s Day Out and Julian was getting his box ready to take to school. But, alas, another snow engulfs our little town and we are cooped up again. I really hope the schools are open tomorrow so that the kids can enjoy their Valentine’s Day parties.
I was trying to remember back to past Valentine Days and I can only remember one that had snow. I am sure there were more but this just seems unusual to me. So today we are making our own little festivities.
I thought I would share this wonderful Spritz Cookie recipe with you. I have heard from several people how difficult Spritz are to make: the dough is sticky, doesn’t taste good, hard to work with, etc.
I inherited my Grandmother’s cookie press and my Mom told me that my Grandma was so excited to get her press, but rarely used because the dough was so hard to work with. So I am very thankful that I found a recipe that works great! I am enjoying her press and seeing what sort of things it will turn out.
At Christmas time I found this wonderful Recipe on Allrecipes.com. The dough is a dream to work with, the kids love to help and the cookies taste delicious! My kids are usually chocolate chip only cookies – but they love these.
Buttery Spritz Cookies
1 Cup Butter (no substitutions) softened
1 1/4 Cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Tint with food coloring if desired.
Using a cookie press fitted with disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Top with colored sugar and decorating candies if desired. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 – 8 minutes or until set (DO NOT BROWN). Cool on wire racks.
I hope someone out there tries their hand at these. You will be surprised at what a tasty and fun treat you will have.