In case you didn’t get enough of our sugar cookies at Christmas, we’re back at it again.  This time, we made Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.  However, instead of our royal icing, we take a turn for a hard glaze, perfect for writing on with edible markers!  Watch the cookie party in action:

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

You can definitely flavor the glaze with extract.  We especially liked the addition of lemon.  One thing to note, though, when we added almond, it made the glaze a bit darker.  So, just all depends on what you’re going for in the final effect.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

The Wilton edible markers come in various tip shapes and colors.  I especially liked the softer brush-like candy decorators.  But, the Food Writers are perfect for more precise outline work.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

As far as designs go, you can really go hog-wild.  We especially enjoyed using stencils to create flowers.  We also enjoyed some inspiration from various Zentangle and Zen Doodling books.

Best part is, though, these are darn tasty cookies that we think you’ll really enjoy eating.

The Recipes

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Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 3 dozen
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Traditional sugar cookies just like grandma used to make, and still does!


Ingredients

  • ¾ cup shortening (or part butter and shortening), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Mix shortening, eggs, sugar and flavoring thoroughly. Next, blend in flour, baking powder and salt and cover the bowl, placing in the fridge to chill 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 400F. Roll dough to ⅛ inch thick on a lightly floured work surface. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until very light brown. Move to a cooling rack and wait to decorate until fully cooled.

*icing recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour website.

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Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Hard Cookie Glaze

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A hard glaze for using on sugar cookies that works well with edible markers.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 2 Tbs light corn syrup
  • additional milk
  • optional lemon extract

Instructions

  1. Sift powdered sugar into a large bowl
  2. Add in 2 Tbs milk and 2 Tbs light corn syrup and mix until smooth, adding in 1 tsp at a time of milk until desired consistency is reached.
  3. tsp of white food coloring (yes, that’s a thing, I use the one by Wilton) can be added to make it super white
  4. Lemon extract can be added for flavor.
  5. Spread onto cookies, make sure to keep it a thin layer, otherwise it will not fully harden when it dries.
  6. Allow to dry overnight before using markers on them.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies