Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

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As I surveyed our pantry, I realized that although we just went grocery shopping we did not have much by way of snacks.  I decided to make sugar cookies with the kids and we had a blast.  I absolutely love the way the kids wear flour and powdered sugar and don’t bother trying to hide the fact that they are sneaking sugar cookie upon sugar cookie as soon as they hit the plate. 


This is the sugar cookie recipe that my mom has used since my sister and I were little girls.  It is just the perfect flavor.  We make these cookies every year for Christmas but this is the first time I have made them for another holiday.


1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 egg

1 t. cream of tartar

1 cup margarine, softened

1/2 t. almond extract

2 1/2 cup flour

1 t. baking soda

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract, and egg.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  I usually start with my Kitchenaid mixer and then finish mixing the dough by hand.  Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.  When it comes out of the refrigerator, it may seem crumbly.  Mix it up and knead the dough by hand.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface (or my favorite Pampered Chef pastry mat!) and cut with cookie cutters. 


Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes.  The longer they cook, the crispier they will be.  Cool on a baking rack. 


Once completely cool, frost with your favorite frosting.

I usually use a buttercream frosting, but this time I used a powdered sugar frosting.


2 cups powdered sugar

2 T. vanilla

2 T. milk

food coloring if desired

Mix the vanilla and milk and add powdered sugar.  Continue to mix until it is almost a pourable consistency but not quite. 

I also made a chocolate powdered sugar recipe.  Following the above directions, I just added 2 T. of cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before combining with the liquid.  Next time, I will probably not add the vanilla or only add about 1/2 teaspoon.  I felt like the frosting was much overpowered by the vanilla.  The kids don’t have a problem with it though!

Once you cover the cookies with frosting (it will be messy!!), allow to dry for at least an hour.


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