Valentine’s Day has always been a bit commercial for me. At the risk of sounding cynical, I really hate feeling pressure to receive $200 worth of perfect flowers followed by a very expensive dinner in a very crowded restaurant. However, that does not mean that I don’t like to express my love to my friends and family in thoughtful ways.
I love to bake and part of why I love it so much is that when you share your baked goods, it makes people happy. What else is better than having someone make you a batch of Valentine’s Day soft sugar cookies? It is done with love and baking is an expression of my love. These cookies make great gifts. I love to make a large batch of these then package them and mail them to my family. We can’t be together on Valentine’s Day, but they will know I’m thinking of them. These are also great to take to a party or for dessert after a nice dinner. They are also delicious with coffee in the morning if you like to eat cookies all day long like I do!
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2+ tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- Beat vegetable shortening, white sugar, 1/4 cup milk,eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda.
- Slowly beat flour mixture into shortening mixture to make a smooth dough.
- Form dough into two disks and chill for 20-30 minutes.
- Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick on a floured work surface.
- Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter of choice.
- Arrange cookies on cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.
- Bake until firm, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Beat butter, confectioner's sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, two tablespoons of milk and food coloring if desired in a mixing bowl on high speed until frosting is spreadable and slightly fluffy adding more milk if necessary to reach the proper consistency.
- Frost cooled cookies.
See, I’m not cynical, just don’t like to always celebrate certain holidays in a commercial way. If you make a batch of these for someone you love, they will feel extra special that you took the time to make them such a thoughtful treat. It’s like receiving a hand written thank you note. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you know it’s special.