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Valentine (Sugar ) Cookies

on February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

dutch girl

This is a valentine that Grandma got when she was a girl.

She’s so cute!

The recipe today is more of a tip than a Grandma recipe.

My tip is this:

We’re all trying to cut down on the sweets around here so at Christmastime we decided to make less cookies.

I made a half batch of cut out sugar cookies and there still seemed like a LOT of dough.

So I made half of the cookies into hearts and put them in the freezer.

I think this is a great time saving tip.

I didn’t have to do anything this week but frost them.

I use a recipe from my original Betty Crocker cookbook that I got from my mom and dad for Christmas 1982.


This is the seventh printing – copyright 1982 – of this wonderful and very well used book.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Valentine (Sugar) Cookies

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix powdered sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.

Mix in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Divide dough into halves.

Roll each half 3/16 thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board.

Cut into shapes.

Sprinkle with white sugar, colored sugar, or leave plain to frost later; place on lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

The recipe I use for frosting is so old I don’t even know who to thank for it.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Royal Icing

3 Tablespoons meringue powder

1 pound powdered sugar

1/2 cup minus 1 Tablespoon lukewarm water

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Combine all, mix together at slow speed.

Beat at medium speed until very stiff peaks form.

Add a bit of glycerin if you want it to stay soft.


I didn’t even spend a lot of time on frosting these.

No piping bag – just spread the icing on.


Follow this time saving tip and have an easy, ready to go treat for valentine’s day.


Make these cookies for your valentine!

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