Make These Valentines Day Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are a true classic that are staples in every cookbook (and foodie’s goodie basket), and have been for many years now. The classics just don’t change! Plus, the buttery sweet melt-in-your-mouth consistency makes them very popular with the children. Because they’re so versatile, you’ve got the option to style, shape and decorate them to suit any occasion. Sugar cookies also great for children’s birthday party treats. We jumped into the kitchen with the nanny children and used a basic sugar cookie recipe to make these heart-shaped Valentines Day Sugar Cookies. We show our love with cookies!
2 cups of plain flour, (you’ll need extra for rolling too)
1/2 tsp of baking powder
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup of caster sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Your choice of decorations + icing
Heart shaped cookie cutters
1 || Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Then cream the butter and sugar together in a separate bowl with an electric mixer. Once light and fluffy, add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Next, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating with the electric mixer on low speed until combined.
2 || Divide the dough mixture in half and wrap in plastic wrap (flattened into small flat discs). Pop the dough into the freezer until firm (at least 30 minutes), or alternatively you can make ahead the night before and refrigerate.
3 || Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line your flat baking trays with baking paper or greaseproof parchment.
4 || Take out one dough disc from the freezer and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Then roll the dough between two pieces of baking paper (so that it doesn’t stick) to 1/8 inch thickness. You can also dust your rolling pin and bench top in flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
5 || Cut out your Valentines Day sugar cookies using the heart-shaped cookie cutters and transfer onto the baking trays. For a mix batch, you could use varying sizes of heart-shaped cutters. If the dough gets too soft, you can chill for 5–10 minutes. Then repeat the process with the second disc of cookie dough.
6 || Pop your sugar cookies into the oven and bake for 10–18 minutes (times will vary depending on your ovens and cookie size). Tip: it’s best to rotate your cookies halfway through.
7 || Then cool your Valentines Day sugar cookies on a wire rack before icing and decorating. Use extra flour to dust utensils and surfaces so you don’t have your cookie dough sticking to everything.
The children will love rolling up their sleeves and climbing onto a giant kitchen stool to help you make these yummy classic treats. Show your love and affection to your special someone, and your charges, with these cute heart-shaped Valentines Day Sugar Cookies.
Enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of milk for a lovely indulgence and 3pm “pick me up.”
What activities are you doing with your charges to celebrate Valentines Day?