When Life Deals you yet ANOTHER Snow Day. . .

February 13, 2007

What do you do?

snow3

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.

snow1

snow2

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 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
food coloring

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.

Karen

Posts

12 responses to When Life Deals you yet ANOTHER Snow Day. . .

  1. Yum! I love these kind of cookies. I don’t have a cookie press though. Where’s a good place to get one? I’m thinking Bed Bath and Beyond?

    The kids went out today, but didn’t last long. It’s really cold. I told them that was the one and only time today. I just didn’t want to keep drying wet clothes, etc. Mean aren’t I? I swear it takes at least 15 minutes to get everyone bundled up and several loads in the dryer to get it all dried. It just doesn’t seem worth it for 10 to 15 minutes in the snow. The last snow was nice cuz it felt warm and sunny out and the kids were out all day.

    I thought I should blog some snow pics but was too much of a weinie to get out in the cold. I’m still in my pj’s.

    We’ve played a lot of Operation. I swear every time that thing buzzes I jump. After an hour of playing it, I think I’ve lost a year of my life. Isn’t that silly!!!

    We’ve also played Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul game. Very fun and great conversation starter. Best board game we’ve played as far as parent enjoyment goes! We’ve had a good time.

    I’ve got to detail the house and then we’re going to watch Flicka.

  2. Elaina was soooo disappointed about missing out on her Valentine’s Party today. She’s been counting down the days to her party. I am glad they are going to do it Friday. The weather better cooperate!

  3. You’re not mean – I never let the kids go out. I didn’t even mention it and they didn’t either. I think everyone is sick of the cold. The kids were actually pretty good today for being so cooped up. We recycled some toys out that they haven’t really played with lately. The boys are into building houses out of the couch cushions and blankets. I remember doing that when I was little. I loved that.

    I am going to try to do a special Valentine’s dinner tomorrow night. Cindy told me she makes meatloaf in the shape of a heart. I think I will do that and make some heart jello jigglers. We will dine on that by candlelight!! It hope it will be fun for them.

  4. Is that the typical outfit for cookie making in your house? 😉

    It was great seeing you guys the other night.

  5. Wow, what a great Mom. I don’t have anything special planned. I am just not that into Valentine’s day planning. James went shopping for the girls and they woke up to stuffed animals, chocolates and balloons and valentines. They each had a little pile one couch of goodies. It was really sweet. He is such a good Dad. He said Valentine’s Day is his holiday to do. I guess that’s why I’m not into doing anything. I put a lot of effort into all the other special days of the year. I shouldn’t feel guilty, huh?

    The kids have been good this week, too. We are having a good time.

  6. Hey, Carl! That outfit is what you will see my kids in for baking, playing, homework, reading, eating and anything else they do. Everytime we leave the house we pretty much have to dress everyone – especially Jaden. It’s underwear and tennis shoes for him all day!

  7. James is a good Daddy to take on Valentines Day!! You do deserve a holiday off – especially all that you do for Christmas!!

  8. I LOVE Jaden in his underwear! It looks a little bit like my house :rotfl I swear Chandler is going to grow up to be a full-time streaker! McKenna doesn’t think she should have to wear anything but dress up clothes and gymnastics suits…..(sigh) at least they aren’t into expensive clothes just yet (that day is right around the corner).

  9. It does save on laundry too!! 😀

  10. Speaking on saving on laundry…

    When Tori was around 5 she and my mom were picking up Tori’s room. As usual there were dress up clothes mixed in with Tori’s favorite clothes that she would change into throughout the day, and my mom was asking Tori if the clothes were clean or dirty. My mom started laughing when Tori said, “My mom just smells them and puts them back in the drawer if they smell okay.”

  11. oh, and the cookies look great!

  12. That’s funny, Mary! I tend to do the same thing.