When I was a child, Valentine’s Day was always a big deal at my house.
It was a day of special delight and celebration.
My mom must have thought it was important to celebrate love. And not just romantic love, but the love between a mother, a father and three daughters, love between sisters and love for extended family.
On Valentine’s eve, my mom always served a traditional dinner. It included either ham or steak, corn flake potato casserole, cinnamon apples stuffed with pineapple cream cheese and cut-out sugar cookie hearts for dessert.
She’d also set a fun table with red napkins, candy cups (cupcake liners filled a few of our favorite red candies and some conversation hearts) and a valentine box chalk full of many, many valentine cards.
Eventually, I grew up and had to leave home to attend college but even then she still found a way to bless me. She’d make Valentine’s Day care packages.
A box would arrive in the mail that was filled with the cut-out cookies, red candies and conversation hearts and a super special card with a little monetary treat inside. I looked forward to it every year!
I enjoyed the sugar cookie hearts most. I think I liked them so much because the recipe calls for a unique ingredient, almond extract, which sets it apart from all others.
These cookies are super easy cookies to create and incredibly delicious. They’ll melt in your mouth.
So, when I went to my mailbox yesterday (2/13) and found out I’d been sent a package, I knew what it was. I could hardly wait to get home and open it. And this time what made it even more special, was the fact that I got to share the tradition with Kyle, so neat!
Mom, thank you SO much! You’re such an incredible mom, one whom I LOVE dearly. Your love for us, for others and for Jesus is so inspiring.
I hope you get to celebrate love today. I celebrate the love of my husband, my family, my friends and the love of God as seen in His Son, Jesus. There’s so much to be grateful for! I hope it’s a good day, filled with much love and delicious sweets.
Sugar Cookie Hearts
In order to create, you’ll need a rolling-pin and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
1 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract
2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
1/2 c powdered sugar
3 T milk
1/2 t cream of tartar
drop of red food coloring
In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and almond extract. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out (to about 1/4 inch thick). Use heart shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts. Place each heart onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes.
While cookies are cooling, combine powdered sugar, cream of tartar, milk and a red food coloring. Mix together, then frost cookies.