Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Cookies

A tradition that goes back to my childhood -- pink frosted heart cookies for Valentine's. Made for the grade school party. They were special then and they are special now!
I made them for Daughter Sarah and her grade school Valentine's Party. Using, of course, my mother's recipe and my grandmother's heart cooky cutter.
And I still make them -- for a Valentine tea. Nothing better than a cup of freshly brewed tea and a heart shaped sugar cookie frosted with an almond flavored pink icing.
What isn't eaten for tea is bagged for we give them as gifts to the bank clerk, a favorite waitress, and the children next door.
And then . . . . I do save one just for me!

It's Saturday which means that it's time for Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. It's a Pink Valentine Saturday as well and so there should be lots of pink Valentine posts this Saturday.

To me, there is nothing like a pink frosted heart shaped cookie for Valentine's!

The recipe was my mother's (and perhaps my grandmother's) -- we made hearts for Valentine's, stars and bells and trees for Christmas, sometimes pumpkins for Halloween and bunnies for Easter. It's a good sturdy cooky and can be hung on the Christmas tree if you're so inclined. (We were so inclined when Daughter Sarah was small -- we're not anymore).

It's a good cooky with a great almond flavoring. We often flavor the frosting with almond as well.


1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1 t. almond flavoring
4 cups flour, resifted with
1/2 t. salt and 1 t. baking powder

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and flavorings. Add the flour mixture and beat or knead until smooth. Roll into two rolls, wrap in paper and chill for several hours.

Using one roll at a time, roll dough out on a lightly floured board. If thin crisp cookies are wanted, roll the dought about 1/16 inch thick; if soft, thicker cookies are wanted, roll about 1/8 inch thick.

Cut out as desired.

Bake in a moderate oven (375) until very delicately golden, usually 8 or 10 minutes. When cool, frost with your favorite buttercream frosting (to which I add almond flavoring).


Flat Creek Farm said...

What a wonderful tradition! I love Oliver's comment on the sidebar regarding this topic :) -Tammy

Karen said...

Yummm.... a cookie with a glass of cold milk!
Thanks for the recipe.
Ladybug Creek

D.B. said...

Thank you for sharing your traditions and recipes and bringing me "home" for awhile! Happy Valentine's Day!

Marigene said...

Cookies look yummy...cutouts are my favorites!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I wish I lived next door to you! :-)
I used to make heart cookies on a stick for every kid in my kids elementary school classrooms. Those days were so much fun!

Allie and Pattie said...

It wouldn't Ve valentine's day without heart cookies here. Have a wonderful weekend Martha
xoxo Pattie

fleur de lis cottage said...

What a sweet tradition. Can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks fo visiting my blog :)

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

The cookies look great. Your cupcake title threw me though.

La Table De Nana said...

I always enjoy a new cutout cookie recipe..Hearts.. gotta love them.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your cookies are beautiful, Martha. I love that soft pink icing. I also love the apple cake below. I hope you have a terrific Valentine's Day. Blessings...Mary

Lottie said...

Thank you for another great recipe!

Poppy Cottage said...

How sweet! Happy Valentine's Day & Happy Pink Saturday!!

The Norwegian said...

Love these! We did the same with frosted sugar cutout cookes with our kids. Nothing like them. How wonderful to be on the receiving end of your Valentine package!

Dru said...

These are so sweet and special - and I know what makes it even better is using your grandmother's cookie cutter - what a wonderful tradition, and they look so yummy too! Happy Pink Valentine's Day!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hmmmmmmmm, those Valentine cookies look yummy! It's nice to have a family recipe that's been handed down.

Happy Valentine's Day.


Candy said...

Sitting here sipping coffee and visiting PINK posts...oh but those cookies would be perfect with my drink. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.
PINK Heart-Felt Blessings ;-)

Betty said...

They look delicous. What a nice post!

Unknown said...

Your cookies look so yummy.

This is our first year not making our Valentine heart shaped cookies-- Kiddo wanted chocolate chip.

Unknown said...

I am going to try these, they look delicious.

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe for Valentine Cookes. They look so yummy.

Happy Valentine's Day

Patricia said...

Thanks ever so much for visiting my blog. The recipes on your blog are much appreciated.
Happy Valentine's To You !
Happy Pink Saturday !!! & have a lovely
new week.

♥Mimi♥ said...

So sorry that I missed you yesterday. It seemed like the day just ran away from me! But, with this being ♥Valentine's Day♥ what better time for me to stop by to see your Pink Saturday goodies.

It's been a long and dark winter up here near Canada so filling myself up with pink is my way on the weekend of chasing away the blues - not that blue isn't a nice color, too☺

That adorable pooch of yours knows he isn't supposed to eat chocolate, doesn't he? What a cutie pie!

Thanks so much for sharing. After all, isn't sharing one of life's greatest pleasures?

♫Happy Valentine's Day♫

Gail said...

Oh the cookies look yummy (so does the cloud pie, oh my). I will have to try these.
Happy Valentines Day
Happy Pink Saturday
Gail - Decorating My Tin Shack

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!