Valentine’s Day Cookies

Baking cookies has always been my first love ever since my children (now both in their teens) were small.  My first efforts at icing weren’t very neat and professional though so in June 2008 I went down to Princes Risborough and visited the wonderful Splat Cooking  to take part in a “Posh Icing Workshop” as run by the lovely Beverley Glock. Beverley taught us all the techniques and tricks to create fabulous biscuits and I came away all fired up with enthusiasm. Two months later my little cookie business Sam’s Smart Cookies was born, a company I fit around my day job working as a teaching assistant and supply teacher.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to get out the cutters and bake beautiful cookies for your loved ones. I don’t make cookies for my hubby though as he doesn’t have a sweet tooth but he doesn’t mind the odd slice of chocolate cake or brownies.  I just wanted to share some of the cookies I have made in the last year or so on a Valentine’s theme.  My heart cutters get a lot of use at this time of year but I love all the beautiful pinks and reds that are so cheerful on a bleak winter’s day.

Have a look at some of the Valentine’s Day cookie designs I have created over the past year.  I will post the ones I am making for this year later on as soon as they are made!

Image These were my first ever attempt at wedding favours, made in 2009 for a red and white themed wedding. The cookies were bagged in cellophane bags and tied with pretty red and white co-ordinating ribbon.
Image Linzer biscuits are always popular and these cookies went down very well as a gift for a man who didn’t like iced cookies.
Image Not a brilliant picture but these mini hearts were iced in different pinks and white royal icing to make favours for a Valentine’s dinner. They were based on a recipe seen in one of Peggy Porschen’s books.
Image Giant Dotty Hearts, these giant gingerbread hearts went down well in a gift box along with a card.
Image Luscious Hot Lips cookies- these were made for a customer two years ago who loved glitz and glamour.
Image These were the Valentine’s Cookies made by Sam’s Smart Cookies last year (2012). I wanted to stick to the red and white colour scheme on vanilla cookies though I did make them with chocolate as a special request.
Image With my leftover gingerbread dough I made these pretty mini hearts for favours .

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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