Credit: KakiskyFebruary 14 is usually not known for Valentines cookies, but making a fresh batch of gingerbread cookies to decorate with your loved ones will put a whole new meaning to the idea of handmade Valentines. Who wants a piece of paper that says "I love you" when they can get a cookie that says it instead? Handmade Valentines cookies made and decorated with love are the best gift.Â
- Plastic wrap
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric beater
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Step 1: Mix 2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in the mixing bowl.
Step 2: Using an electric beater on medium, whip in butter and brown sugar.
Step 3: Mix in molasses, egg and vanilla. Beat well with the electric beater.
Step 4: Mix in the rest of the flour using the electric beater on low speed.
Step 5: Roll the dough out. It should still be fairly thick. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate overnight. This wait time is important for the Valentines cookies recipe.
Step 6: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 7: Coat your hands well to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers and sprinkle flour over the work surface. This handmade Valentines dough is sticky due to the molasses.
Step 8: Roll the dough out until it's about an inch thick and use cookie cutters to create hearts for your Valentines cookies.
Step 9: Use a toothpick to poke two holes, horizontally, into the top of the hearts.
Step 10: Bake 7-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
Step 11: The holes in the hearts may need to be fixed and widened with another toothpick.
Step 12: Allow 10 minutes to cool.
Step 13: Use a thin, small ribbon and place it through the two holes. Tie it into a nice bow.
Step 14: Decorate your Valentines cookies with icing if you want. I like using icing colored with enough food coloring to make it pink. A toothpick can be used to write on the cookies.
This recipe yields about two dozen (24) cookies.
Longer pieces of ribbon can be tied through the holes and tied off so that the cookies can be used as decorations.
The Valentines cookies can also be tied to balloons for a cute way to weight down Valentines Day balloons.