February 12, 2010
I realize that I’m in a holiday-cookie-making rut. (It’s a delicious, sugar-filled, colorful rut, but a rut, nonetheless.) When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas, I pull out the same sugar cookie recipe and go at it. My family and I love these cookies. But this month, I decided to make something different. They’re easy to make and fun to share with family and friends.
1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp. coarse salt
3 cups of flour
semi-sweet chocolate chips (1-2 packs) and/or other varieties of melting chocolate.
Beat butter until fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and mix well. Add eggs, beating after each addition. Mix salt with flour and then slowly add to the egg/butter/sugar mixture. Beat just until mixed.
Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. (Note – cookies don’t expand in size, so you can put a lot on each baking sheet.) Let cool.
For dipping – melt semi-sweet chocolate and dip half of the cookie into the chocolate. Lay on wire racks and let harden in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Another option – melt white melting chocolate, dip half the cookie, and sprinkle red sugar sprinkles on top. (This would be a good option if, for example, you poured half the bag of chocolate chips into the melting pot and put the rest of the bag on the counter. Then let’s say that you actually had it too close to the edge and it fell off, dumping the rest of the chips on the floor, rendering them unusable? But, you remember that you have 2 bags of white chocolate melting chips from the Oreo truffles you made at Christmas. So you dip the rest of the cookies in white chocolate, sprinkle it with red to make it look Valentine-y, and then pretend that you totally did this on purpose. Totally hypothetically.)
Valentine’s Day has been extra special to us for the past 20 years, because it was the day that Knitting Daughter was born. She is the best Valentine I have ever received, and I know that WH would totally agree with me on that! Happy Birthday, Jules!