This Valentine’s Day…well is like any other for me, spending it with three and four year olds whom I teach dance to! Yes boys that means I’m single ready to mingle (if you can cook) and I’ll bring dessert, sugar cookies!
These cut-out cookies also known as sugar cookies and have been a staple in my family for a few generations now. They’re a must have on the cookie list at Christmas, Santas, bells, snowflakes, snowmen and trees but they’re easily as special for the Hallmark holiday!
Pre-warning: these sugar cookies take quite a bit of time! You have to make the dough, chill it overnight, roll them all out, cut them all out, bake them, let them cool, make the icing, ice the cookies and let them harden. Also known as your partner better be one special person for you to work this much! Ha!
P.s. they won’t make your partner any slimmer…vegetable shortening AND butter are required. Just means there’s more love to hug!
Cream together 3/4 c. of butter and 3/4c. of shortening (I prefer to use Crisco vegetable shortening). Once combined, add 1 1/2c. sugar until fluffy!
Mix 4 c. all purpose flour, 1 tbsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt in a separate bowl.
In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup combine 2 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla and 2 tbsp milk of choice.
Add dry ingredients (flour mixture) into butter mixture (butter + sugar) alternating with the wet mixture (eggs, vanilla, milk). If you’re using a hand mixer, be careful of the engine burning out. Towards the end of adding all ingredients it is best to mix by hand with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
Divide cookie dough into about four balls. Wrap in plastic wrap (did you know there is eco friendly plastic wrap from beeswax, check it out!)
Place dough balls in the fridge and let chill overnight! By doing this it will make rolling out the dough and cutting the cookies into shapes easier…I’m just trying to help you out!
Flour your surface, using a rolling pin (wine bottle works just as great), roll out cookie dough to about 2 mm thick. Cut your dough with selected cookie cutter (this is when it becomes festive), applying flour to your rolling pin and dough whenever it gets sticky. Using a spatula transfer sugar cookies onto cookie sheet, bake cookies at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Once one ball of dough is almost used up, combine it with the next ball until all dough has been used up!
Let sugar cookies cool, before frosting with selected method!
3/4 c. butter
2/3 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 c. all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk (make your own almond milk)
1. Cream butter and shortening together in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 c. sugar and mix until fluffy.
2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, stir to combine.
3. In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine eggs, vanilla and milk together.
4. Alternating between egg mixture (wet) and flour mixture (dry) add into butter and sugar mixture. If using a hand held mixture, be mindful of your mixer’s power, towards end stir with spatula or wooden spoon instead.
5. Divide dough into four different dough balls and wrap in plastic wrap. Let chill overnight in the fridge.
6. Roll out chilled dough onto floured surface, cut dough into desired shapes and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes until sides are golden.
7. Ice your cookies your favourite way! Play with colour and taste!
Of course I didn’t want you to feel alone putting in so much effort for your loved one so I made a video so we can make the sugar cookies together.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. May you share your loved with friends, family and your special friends as well as feel loved, you all deserve it!