Homemade Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably received a letter about your child’s classroom party! Whether you are in need of a tasty dessert for a Valentine’s Day party or for your family, we want to help you bake the perfect treat that’s both delicious and festive!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the perfect sweet treat for your kiddo and their classmates!

Heart-Shaped Cookie:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter

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Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Let sit for 2 minutes, then add in egg, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until combined.img_0028
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  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Make sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife to ensure accurate measurements. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
  3. Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper and place on a baking sheet in the refrigerator. Chill for about 20-30 minutes.*Tip: If you prefer not to roll the dough between parchment before chilling, place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.img_0033
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  4. Cut 1/4″ thick dough into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 350 degrees for 8 – 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling rack to cool completely before icing.
    *Tip: Make sure to roll your dough evenly to ensure cookies bake consistently. Be careful not to over-bake, if the edges brown you likely have baked them a little too long.
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Royal Icing: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup of meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Instructions:

  1. Pour warm water into stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and add meringue powder.
  2. Mix on medium speed for a minute or so until fluffy and foamy. Scrape sides of the mixing bowl if necessary.img_0044
  3. Add flavoring mix.
  4. With mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar to avoid a powdery explosion.
  5. Once all sugar is added increase mix speed to medium-low and mix for 4-7 minutes until white.
  6. After 4-7 minutes, pull the paddle out. If a soft (or stiff) peak forms, your icing is ready.  Set aside small batch of icing for decoration. Color main portion as desired.
    *Tip: This consistency is a little too thick for “flooding” royal icing. Slowly add water 1 teaspoon at a time until icing thins. Your icing is at flooding consistency when you run your knife through the icing and the line disappears in 5-10 seconds.
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Decorating 

  1. Fill your piping bag fitted with a small piping tip.
    *Tip: The easiest way to fill the bag is by placing in a cup and folding top edges over the rim as shown above.
  2. Start by outlining the heart-shaped cookie with icing, let harden slightly (about 1 minute).img_0051
  3. Once set, fill in the heart with icing, let harden before adding any additional decorations.
    *Tip: If your icing has air bubbles, you can lightly tap the cookie to smooth.
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  4.  Once colored icing has hardened, use small batch of icing to write Valentine’s Day messages on cookies.
    *Tip: For message, use a slightly thicker consistency in the frosting – make sure you don’t add as much water to this or it will not hold it’s form.
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Package the cookies in themed plastic bags with zip ties for a finishing touch!

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