I’ve talked before about how much we bake in my house. It’s my Zen. When I’m stressed, baking always calms me. And let’s be honest. With a 3 year old and 8 month old that’s all the time. But, it’s also a great learning experience for Koa; numbers, measurements, language, shapes, fine motor. Hey, once a teacher always a teacher! But for me it’s also the time I spend with him. I get to share with him something that is important to me. His daddy gets football, baseball, and the outdoors. Baking is my thing! And he loves it. Granted, a 3 year old helping in the kitchen is more like “helping,” as in mess making. But it’s so fun, and we are making memories, however messy it may be.
I asked what Koa wanted to make his friends for Valentine’s Day and he said cookies. So we got to work on these. He loves using the big rolling pin to roll out the dough, and cutting with the cookie cutters. But his favorite part of course is eating the dough. Yep, my kids get raw cookie dough, that’s right!
This is my go to recipe for cut out cookies. It’s easy and holds its shape perfectly. Best part? It doesn’t need to rest in the refrigerator! Maybe I am impatient, but when I want to bake I usually decide to on a whim. I don’t typically plan ahead. So, if I come across a recipe that requires 2 hours in the fridge before I can bake it, I’ll pass. This one is great in that it all comes together fast and easy, with an awesome cookie in the end.
These are great iced, decorated, with jam, or even plain. They are a super versatile cookie. Sort of a cross between a sugar cookie and a shortbread. Not too plain, not too sweet. And super cute cut into holiday shapes like I did with these for Valentines Day. I used strawberry jam, but feel free to use whatever flavor you want. I am even thinking that a chocolate ganache in place of the jam would be amazing!
These are delicious. I ended up making 12 sandwich cookies, and using the extra dough to make a bunch of mini heart cookies that I decorated with some icing and sprinkles. These would be adorable in little bags for valentines at school, or a bunch of the minis in a jar as an easy, thoughtful gift!
We had company this week, and ended up eating all of the cookies. Oops! Darn, guess we have to make another batch this week for his friends! I’ll be spending my Valentine’s Day with my 3 boys. More time, more mess, more memories. I’m happy to clean up a little sugar for that.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Have a great week!