Valentine Treats and Happy Birthday!

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.

dipped-valentine-butter-cookiesDipped Valentine Butter Cookies

1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. coarse salt
3 cups of flour

For dipping:
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.

dipped-valentine-butter-cookiesFor 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!

Sheri headingtoCedarFalls,IAthisweekendto
seeiftheyhavesnowvisitfriends!


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29 comments on “Valentine Treats and Happy Birthday!

  1. I am going to try the cookie recipe. It reminds me of one of my mothers that we couldn’t find after she passed away. She added mini chocolate chips, but aside from that it looks the same.
    Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Happy Valentines Day and Happy Birthday Julia! My daughter Katie was born on Valentines Day 15 years ago, so she is our special valentine! Have a great weekend with Janice and you are welcome to stop by the QC on your trip for a visit.

  3. Sounds like KD shares a birthday with not only a great fun holiday, but with my favorite cousin Carolyn, too! Happy Birthday to Knitting Daughter!! And I love that hypothetical story, though in my house, it would have been narrow to avoid having a certain Nomming Monster clean up the spill for me. 8-)

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day, Sheri and Happy Birthday to Knitting Daughter. Wow, 20 years! It’s a special day for my husband and me, too, because we got engaged on Valentine’s Day (2 years before KD was born). Thanks for sharing that recipe. I’m off to make cookies now, so I think I’ll try it.
    Have a super fun weekend in Cedar Falls! (thats a great name; I’d like to live in a place with a name like that)

  5. How wonderful to have a baby on heart day! My niece was born on that day as well.
    I got my marriage proposal on VD, some five million years ago.
    Those black and white hearts are taunting me. ;-)

  6. Happy Heart Day and Happy Birthday to Knitting Daughter!! My husband and I made our engagement to each other on Valentine’s Day 30 years ago! I’ll make those tempting cookies for him! Have a safe trip to Iowa and back and enjoy the snow!

  7. Your killing me with all these tempting recipes…weight watchers will not be a happy meeting. But who can resist a good sweet.

  8. I was born & raised in oelwein, iowa & spent a lot of time in cedar falls. Great place!! Loved the coffee cake recipe last week. Thanks!!

  9. Happy Birthday to Julia and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Those cookies look amazing! :) Looking forward to having a special Valentine’s weekend with my husband’s family as my mom-in-love turned 90 today. Also, hubby is going to get our daughter from the airport as I type this! Can I just say I’m excited!!!! :)

  10. Ok!!! you got me moving. I baked cookies, made valentine gifts, cards, etc. for college son, 2.5 hrs away, went to Express to him yesterday, only to find they changed the hours of acceptance of packages!!! AARRRGGGGG…now I “might” have to drive there. But being the Mommas that we are, I guess that’s what I’m going to do.

    And then drive…..in the opposite direction…to take daughter out for brunch tomorrow.

    I just might have to make these cookies before I leave today. yes…..I’m going to make these. hmmmmm……will any make it to them?

    You’re great and you got me off my tuchas today.

  11. Happy Valentine’s Day! The cookies look delicious — you’ve shared a lot of good recipes in your blog–thanks!! Happy birthday to Knitting Daughter! What a wonderful Valentine gift!!

  12. Happy, Happy Birthday Julia! Enjoy your special day…hope some of those cookies were for you and your roommates. Sheri have fun on your weekend trip and please travel carefully.

  13. I don’t know about Iowa but we had it in NC. Saturday was shearing day at our “local” sheep farm, and we sheared in the snow. Well, I didn’t shear, I skirted fleeces and oohed and aahed. I left before I gave in to temptation to buy a second fleece. Hope you had a happy Valentines day and Julie a happy birthday.