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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Cookies

Are always heart shaped

And always made with the same recipe.

Years ago, they were made for Daughter Sarah to take to school
Now they're made just because
Sometimes as party favors for my Valentine Luncheon guests,
Othertimes for Valentne Eve Tea
But next year they'll be made to send to grand girl Lucy!

Linderhof's Valentine Cookies
through the years!


Frosted with pink buttercream icing!

 Frosted with royal icing and painted to look like Conversation Hearts
for gifts for guests

 Red sugar sprinkled -- just for tea!


Frosted with royal icing and painted with flowers
And inscribed with a name
To be used as place cards for my Valentine's Luncheon

Linderhof Valentine Hearts

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 dough 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.    Decorate as desired.   If you sprinkle with sugar, sprinkle it on before baking.   If you frost, frost after cookies are cooled!

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

These are so beautiful. It's great to have the photographs of them over the years......Lucy will love them next year!

Pat said...

Lovely Valentine cookies, dear friend!!!
Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!