I have always had pretty awkward feelings about Valentine's Day. Even in grade school when it was practically mandatory to buy those candy card sets and hand them out to everyone. It was nerve racking, and involved a lot of inner dialogue "Should I write something in this card? What if they think I like them? What if they find out I do like them?" It was a very stressful time, and usually ended with me plotting to pretend to forget the cards at home.
Nowadays though I don't seem to have the same stressors surrounding the holiday that I used too. I mean, don't get me wrong it's still incredibly awkward. There are just far too many feeling involved for it not to be, but I have to admit it is nice having a whole day to spread a bit of love (maybe a few laughs) preferably in the form of some sweets. So in honor of the holiday here are some conversation heart inspired cookies.
This is my go-to sugar cookie recipe, it keeps it shape and is wonderful for decorating. I have had this recipe since I was in high school, and am pretty sure I got it out of a good house keeping magazine.
Valentine's Conversation Cookies
Serving Size: Around 4 Dozen Cookies
- 3 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 Cup sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- Royal Icing for decorations
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt set aside. In separate bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, around 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add eggs and vanilla mixing well after each addition. Then mix in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just blended (I used my hands at the end). Divided the dough and wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate overnight or use right away.
Preheat oven to 350°F
Roll out dough onto floured surface until around a 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut out into any shapes you like, and bake until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. When cookies cool, prepare Royal Icing recipe and start piping.