posted by Laurie Ryan
With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I thought I’d pull out a Christmas recipe. Confused? Well, my daughter brought home this recipe from her Junior High Home Ec class. Do they still have Home Ec classes, by the way? They made them for Valentine’s Day. I suspect that made making the cookies more interesting for teen girls? Since then, they’ve become a Christmas favorite with my family. And the nice thing about them is you can change the shape to match the season. 🙂
Valentine Sugar Cookies
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream together margarine, oil, and sugars. Add beaten egg, then rest of ingredients. Mix together well. Set for one hour in the refrigerator. On flour covered board, roll out and shape cookies (I use cookie cutters or, if I’m lazy, a regular drinking glass rim). Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
For frosting, mix 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, milk and powdered sugar to the consistency you want. Color with food coloring as desired.
I thought I’d end with a couple interesting Valentine’s Day factoids I found:
- Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s play lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine’s Day.
- Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent across. After Christmas it’s a single largest seasonal card-sending occasion.
- In the Middle Ages young men and women drew the names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. This was done so that it becomes easy for other people to know your true feelings. This was known as “to wear your heart on your sleeve”
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day tomorrow, everyone!