Valentine Sugar Cookies

February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve got cookies, sugar!

Valentine Cookies, Sugar

Chris and I don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day because we’re curmudgeons. But we have kids so we celebrate holidays to the extreme for their sake. Decorations and songs and special treats commemorating the day. We’re on day three of Snowmageddon: Snowed-In Bugaloo. The kids won’t be able to give out their homemade valentines to their friends at school and play dates are out of the question since I do not drive in the snow if I can avoid it. And I can always avoid it.

Luckily, I had time to go to the grocery store the morning before the storm hit. It was pure pandemonium. An older woman with a walker nearly ran me down. But we have plenty of supplies. Good thing too because the kids are not fans of being outdoors in the cold. Since we’re stuck inside till The Thawing, I’m cooking all kinds of comfort food. Soups and stews galore!

But also cookies. Valentine cookies. “With sprinkles! And pink frosting!” as requested by Thalia, because sometimes she acts like the precociously cute kids in commercials. I really don’t like making cookies in shapes. Yes, they’re adorable. But they’re also more work. We did the whole chill, roll and cut dough thing with the Christmas cookies and the kids just do not handle thin rolled out, uncooked cookie dough all that well. It was an exercise in frustration for us all.

Enter sugar cookie bars! Make the dough then just press it into a pan and cut the shapes AFTER it’s already baked. Much easier and less frustrating for us all. These cookies are nice and easy and soft and delicious and you should make them whether you’re snowed in or not.

Valentine Cookies, Sugar

Valentine Sugar Cookies
Recipe adapted from Life in the Lofthouse

Cookie bars:
2 1/2 Cups AP flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp sour cream
4 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting:
2 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 tbsp warm water
1 tbsp corn syrup
A few drops food coloring

Cookie bar:
Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9X13 inch pan. Line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, stirring until well combined. Add vanilla and sour cream.
Add half the flour mixture to the butter, sugar egg mix. Stir until combined. Add the rest of the flour until a dough forms.
Press dough into pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges start to brown a little.
Allow to cool in the pan then using the parchment paper, lift the cookie out the pan and cut out using cookie cutters. Or eat a giant cookie without cutting it.

Frosting:
Mix confectioners sugar, warm water, corn syrup and food coloring together in a bowl until well mixed and not lumpy. Frosting will set after a while so use right away

Valentine Cookies, Sugar

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

January 29th, 2014

If it’s Wednesday, it must be Nearly Wordless Wednesday!

Life has been good. I’ve actually been keeping up with my Project 52 this year. Of course, we’re only 4 weeks in to the year but I made it two more weeks so far than I did last year. So I’m winning. I’ve thought about posting those photos here but that would bore me to keep re-posting the same pictures all over the internet. I already have enough issues keeping this space from being completely defunct.

I start a new job soon. I’m excited and nervous. I’ve been a registered nurse for nearly a decade but I decided to go back to school two years ago and become a nurse practitioner. Starting new things is exciting but nerve wracking. We’re settling into our house. All the costly need repair NOW type of surprises seem to have stopped (knock wood!) so we can actually do things that we really want to do without throwing our dollahs at things that legitimately need fixing. We want new floors and some furniture would be nice.

This week’s Nearly Wordless Wednesday is an artichoke. Confession: I have no idea how to cook an artichoke. I didn’t even know how to eat one until I was in my mid-late twenties. I mean look at this thing! It’s all hard and leafy. The first person who ate one must have been honegry.

I LOVE taking pictures of food. I probably love it more than pictures of people. People move and blink and don’t just sit still like food can. I can take my time and adjust things just the way I want. And shooting these with my incredibly heavy-manual-focus-only macro lens is like one of my nerd versions of heaven.

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

January 15th, 2014

I’m bring Nearly Wordless Wednesday back!

I’m excited too.

We rarely get foggy days here. But we had a few this week and I was really excited because foggy light (technical term) is so pretty. There’s a nature trail near my house with a small replica Native American village. I love my small town.

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

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