I thought that Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to say “thanks” to those special people who, without always knowing it, make some days a little brighter through their caring and kindness.  I’m thinking about the school bus driver who patiently waits for my daycare kindergartener as he makes an urgent trip to the restroom, or the mail lady who walks my packages down the driveway when I didn’t hear her “beep”, or the sweet young lady who pet-sits for me and doesn’t freak out because I forgot to leave the key under the mat!  (and who now knows where we hide the spare key!)

I love making delicate, buttery spritz cookies.  For these cookies, I divided the dough into thirds.  I added some pink gel food coloring to one third, sprinkled and blended red and pink sugar into the second, and I left the last one plain.  The Better Homes and Gardens Spritz Recipe is my recipe of choice.  It is easy to work with and makes about 7 dozen cookies.

I tried a new recipe for chocolate sugar cookies, and I frosted them with Toba Garrett’s glace icing.  The result:

I outlined the cookie with royal icing, and then filled in with the glace icing (a technique that, as you can clearly see, I need to practice 😉

My plan is to fill a cellophane gift bag with some homemade cookies and hand-dipped pretzels, and attach a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.  I am hoping to make their day a little brighter with this small gesture of genuine gratitude.

Feel the love……….


0 thoughts on “Valentine’s Cookies – Lovin’ from the Oven

  1. lisa says:

    Wish I could reach into the computer and pop one of these beauties in my mouth. I know that they taste as good as they look.

  2. little diane says:

    Yup. I am drooling–it’s official. What BEAUTIFUL cookies! I saw the first picture with the white glaze on some of the hearts, and before I made the conscious connection I was tasting anise extract (whether or not you used any). Mmmmmmm….Wish I was there to do some taste testing for you (however–slightly sad since I do not see one Red Hot in sight 🙁
    Lots of love coming your way!!!

    • Ann says:

      There are loving heart cookies waiting for you year-round, Diane! And just for you (and little a too), I’ll buy those nasty red hots :o)

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