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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Happy Valentine's Day!

valentine-cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my wonderful readers out there!  I know some people think this is a “Hallmark holiday” created by retailers to boost sales, but even if it is, I see no reason not to celebrate and tell your loved ones what they mean to you.  Everybody loves to be loved, right?  Plus I can’t resist all a holiday themed with my two favorite colors!  I’ve been doing a LOT of cooking and baking lately, and have about seven or eight blog updates ready to go, but I decided I just had to post my Valentine’s goodies today before the time had passed me by!

Most of what I bake is made with other people in mind, but I made these cookies just for myself.  And really, more because I enjoy the act of baking and decorating them than I do eating them (although they are delicious!)  Ever since I figured out how to work with royal icing, I have been in love with the gorgeous cookies it can produce.  I started thinking about these Valentine’s cookies a month ago, and actually sketched out my ideas so that I would not forget them.  (Nerd alert!)  I was pretty happy with how these turned out.  I think they could have been even better but after a very long week and a lot of other baking, decorating at 11 pm at night – well, this is what I got.  I still think they are pretty cute, though ;)  Click the links for my sugar cookie recipe and my royal icing recipe and tips.

I’ll be updating a little bit later today to share one more Valentine’s themed treat I baked up.  Stay tuned!

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  • Kayla

    These are too cute! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! :)

  • http://lichtyfamilyblog.blogspot.com Maria

    Love the cookies! Happy V-day to you too!

  • http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com Tracey

    Gorgeous! Nice job. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • http://erinkristine.blogspot.com Erin

    Adorable! Happy Valentines Day to you and your family!

  • Kelly

    These are absolutely beautiful! I haven’t tried working with your royal icing but I am excited to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com Patsyk

    So adorable! I need to try working w/royal icing to see if I can produce cute cookies.

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Annie! These cookies are super cute!

  • http://senoraespanola.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    These are so cute! I wish I could decorate my baked goods so neatly.

  • http://www.chocolateshavings.ca Chocolate Shavings

    Those are all adorable! happy Valentine’s day!

  • Erin

    These look beautiful! I am planning to try Royal Icing very soon! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • http://latestaddictions.blogspot.com/ finsmom

    You did an amazing job on the icing! They look great!

  • http://anickh.blogspot.com ashley h

    You really make the best sugar cookies iv’e ever seen. in that Valentines days coming up soon, i’ll definitly be trying to make these

  • Angela

    How did you get the icing to be so red? I ended up pink/salmon icing. Not what I was hoping for.

  • Annie

    Hi Angela,
    I don’t have any special tricks, I just use the gel icing colors. They are extremely vivid and I never have trouble getting the shade I’m going for.

  • s

    hi :)
    can i know how long does the cookies last? coz i wanna make some and mail it
    >.<

  • Annie

    These cookies keep very well (at least a week or two), so they are great for mailing.

  • Amy

    Hi Annie,
    I read that you have mailed these classic sugar cookies before – how do you mail them so that they don’t fall apart and are delivered just as perfect as when they are iced? I’m thinking of doing that for the upcoming holiday and was wondering if you had any tricks! Thank you so much!

  • Annie

    Royal icing sets very hard so you don’t have to worry about the icing being blemished after that. You just need to do whatever you would do to carefully pad anything you might ship, to avoid the cookies breaking.