Y’all know me, I love holidays and any excuse to make themed crafts, recipes and decor – and Valentine’s Day is no different. So, today we’re making some Valentine’s or Galentine’s themed cookies!
I really do love Valentine’s Day, but not necessarily for the “typical” reasons. While I love watching rom-com’s, I’m not a very romantic person and would die of embarrassment if I was ever in any of the lead protagonists’ shoes.
For me Valentine’s Day has always been about celebrating everyone I love; friends, family and fur-babies alike, but the main reason why I love Valentine’s Day so much comes down to one thing, and one thing only – the decor.
Sounds lame, I know, but hear me out. I just really love the overall “theme” of everything around Valentine’s Day. The colours are superior, and everything is always just so much cuter and aesthetically pleasing to me this time of year. My birthday also happens to be the day before Valentine’s Day, so that might contribute to my love for it as well.
All in all, I think we could all use some more love, hugs and good vibes in our lives. Personally, I love receiving baked goods as gifts. There is just something so heartwarming about receiving them as a gift. It’s just a simple, thoughtful (and tasty!) way to show someone you’re thinking about them. Food brings people together, especially when you enjoy it together. (Seriously, it’s scientifically proven.)
One of my favourite things to bake and gift is cut-out cookies. When I went gluten-free, every cut-out cookie recipe I tried just didn’t work – everything turned into blobs in the oven, or the taste was just not the best. I went on a mission to create the perfect gluten-free cut-out cookie, (or at least in my opinion).
I’m happy to report that I have finally done it!
These cookies are also hands-down my family’s favourite, they always seem to disappear in record time. The number of cookies this recipe makes does depend on the size and shape your cookie cutters, but this particular batch made around 26 cookies. In terms of how long they last, I really can’t comment on that because our family of 4 may have eaten them all within 2 days (sorry not sorry). Most cut-out cookies are best when consumed within three days, but will last for up to one week. I can’t wait to make these cookies for more occasions too.
If you have any fun or favourite Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day-themed recipes (or even traditions) I’d love to hear about them, especially if they are gluten-free! After all, my stomach is definitely the way to my heart.
Perfect Gluten-Free Cut-out Cookies for Valentine's or Galentine's Day
- 1 1/2 Cups Gluten-Free Bisquick by Betty Crocker
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 Cup Butter, softened
- 1 Egg yolk Note: set the egg whites aside for later
- Confectioner's sugar
- Food colouring (if desired)
- Mix all ingredients together by hand in a large bowl, except for the egg whites.If the dough feels too crumbly, carefully add small amounts of egg whites until the dough is easier to roll into a large ball.
- Lighlty cover your workspace and rolling pin with gluten-free flour.
- Roll out the dough evenly (about 1/4 thick) and cut out your cookies with your cookie cutters of choice.
- Place your cut-out cookies on a baking sheet lined with foil and chill for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Note: this is extremely important! If you don't chill them, they will expand and lose their shape once you bake them.
- 375°F for 10 minutes, or until edges are golden. Set aside and allow them to completely cool before decorating.
- 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. Add any food colouring if desired.
- You can either use a spoon, or pour the icing into ziplock bags and cut off the tip of one the corners to pipe it on (this is my preferred method).