Ok guys, maybe I’m super lame but I love Valentine’s Day. Not because I’m a romantic, but because I love the colours, decorations and themed stuff! (Seriously, theme parties are my favourite.) I just love all the cute stuff. Or maybe it’s because my birthday is the day before, who knows.
When I was growing up that Valentine’s was always really fun and something that I always looked forward to. We were taught that Valentine’s was a day to celebrate all the people you loved — friends, family, pets, you name it! We would always make cards for everyone, some sort of themed craft and of course, cookies.
Because who doesn’t love cookies?!
I’m not going to get into it, but with everything that is going in the world and the news right now I think we could all use some more love, hugs and happy thoughts.
I don’t know about you, but I love getting sweet treats as gifts. There is just something so heartwarming about it. Cookies are such a great gift to show someone you’re thinking about them. Food brings people together. Seriously, it’s scientifically proven.
So today I thought I would share my favourite cut-out cookie recipe. I always have found that it’s hard to find a good recipe for cut-out cookies. I’ve tried more recipes where snowflakes turn into shapeless blobs than I can count. After some experimenting, I finally found a recipe that holds its shape.
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 cups Bisquick™ Gluten Free mix
- Robin Hood all-purpose gluten free flour for work surface
- Confectioner's icing sugar (powdered sugar)
- Food colouring (optional)
- Ziplock bags (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together by hand in a large bowl.
- Form a large ball with the dough, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Lightly cover your work space and rolling pin with gluten free flour.
- Roll out the dough evenly and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
- Place cut-out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you are not baking them right away, put the baking sheet in the fridge. Cookies must be cold when they go into the oven otherwise they will expand and loose their shape.
- Repeat this process refrigerating the dough in between steps as needed.
- Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden. Set aside and allow cookies to cool.
- In a large bowl, pour in the desired amount of icing sugar.
- Slowly add teaspoons of water and mix together as you go until you reach the desired consistency. For royal icing, add more water until the icing is sheer. For piping, you will want the icing to be opaque.
- Add food colouring.
- If you created piping, place the icing in a ziplock bag and close the bag. Cut a small hole in one of the tips of the bag's corners.
- Cookies must be cold when they go into the oven otherwise they will expand and loose their shape.
I think these cookies are also easily my family’s favourite. The number of cookies it makes depends on the size/shape of the cutters, but I think this particular batch made around 24-28 cookies and four of us ate them all in under 2 days. (Whoops.) They are just so good! Editing these photos was so hard because it just made me crave some more.
Does any one else have some fun Valentine’s Day traditions or favourite festive recipe? I’d love to hear all about them, or even just about how you are planning to spend February 14th!