No matter what the holiday, I have a very convincing argument up my sleeve of why it is by far, undoubtedly the best holiday in the history of all holidays and all future holidays to come! What can I say, I am a celebration addict?
I love Valentines day because, as a female, it is expectation-less. When I give it is always a surprise to the reciever and straight from the heart! Also, pink and red never look good together, in my opinion, but boy oh boy can Vday pull it off.
This year my darling sister in law hosted a girls-crafting-day-in in leu of Valentines day (she loves it even more than I do, and anyone else I know!) where I visited and snacked away while making these goodie bags:
so simple and fun to make, and practically free! I collect scraps, bits and odds and ends all year and recently sorted my entire craft desk by color, so gathering up all my perfect red supples literally took seconds!
Inside the bags were these adorable black and white hearts, which were tasty but as soon as I had them all wrapped up I got an even better idea to cover the plain side in melted white chocolate! Ahh well, there is always next time. The cookies are a breeze to make and always cook well, even in our appartment's incredibly finiky oven.
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
First cream together butter and sugar until smooth, then beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough, I left mine in the fridge overnight.
Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Somehow my collection of cookie cutters has been without hearts and I had not noticed until baking these sugar cookies, so I just cut out heart shaped with a knife. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets (I always use parchment paper anyways).
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in 400 degree F oven. Cool completely. Melt chocolate chips on low heat over the stove. using a knife carefully spread the chocolate over half the cookie, place on parchment paper to cool (takes approximate 10 minutes). Don't make my mistake! Before wrapping and gifting the cookies, melt white chocolate chips on the stove and cover the other side. I don't even have to try to know that it will be soo delicious!
One of the sweetest parts about Valentines Day this year was this adorable Valentine she surprised Julian and I with. Inside the box were yummy cookies and gooey rice crispy hearts, mmmm. Exchanging Valentines feels good at every age.
Husband's (homemade!) Valentine for me:
My valentines for Husband:
I am just so pleased with how these cookies turned out. I used the same dough as the black and white hearts, cut into squares obviously, and spread a very thin layer of simple icing sugar, butter and vanilla icing on top. I realized I hadn't thought out how to write the letters, only that I wanted to write them and thought it would be the cutest thing ever. So for over an hour I crouched over those cookies with chocolate sprinkles and tweezers, tada!