So I am going to get real right here, right now. Last week my grandpa passed away. He was one of my FAVORITE people! He had a vibrant personality, always being mischievous and teasing those he cared about. He also loved serving those around him; I enjoyed watching his giving nature. I also loved tasting his wonderful cooking. My love of food definitely stems from him. In my bio when I talked about pretending to make recipes in the bathtub as a young girl that was at his house. He had a lot of delicious recipes that were divine! So heads up for some deliciousness coming your way. I am going to share some of his time tested recipes with you in honor of my grandpa. I love and miss him. He was the best!
So it is Valentine’s Day soon and what better way to celebrate than with Valentine’s Day cookie decorating? When I think of Valentine’s Day I think of ‘sweet’ and these cookies are sweet in looks and in taste! You can make a batch up to share with your love, take to family and friends, or just stash them in your freezer to savor the yum of valentine’s in the months to come. Yes, you read that right! These sugar cookies freeze really well. Just place them in an airtight container and when you are ready to eat them, let them thaw for a couple hours at room temperature. They last about two months if you freeze them.
To create my Love cookie, fill a piping bag fitted with small star tip (ie Wilton’s 21) with red frosting. Feel free to change up the colors and make these cookies your own! Then Pipe wavy diagonal stripes across the surface of your heart shaped sugar cookie. Leave a space between each red stripe. Then fill a piping bag fitted with a small star tip (ie Wilton’s 21) with pink frosting and add pink wavy lines in the space between your red wavy lines. Now to add the border, fill a piping bag fitted with small star tip (ie Wilton’s 21) with white frosting. Then pipe stars around the border of your heart. Finish with a piping bag fitted with small round tip (ie Wilton’s 3) filled with white frosting to write your Love message.
My red heart cookie is the easiest because you only need two piping bags and one tip. Fill one bag fitted with a small star tip (ie Wilton’s 21) with white frosting. Then pipe a running border by placing your tip 45 degrees to your cookie surface. Then squeeze your bag letting the frosting ‘poof’ out of your tip. Then stop squeezing and draw your tip away. Repeat this technique all around your heart. This will leave you with that fun beaded border. Next, fill in the center of your cookie making stars by using a piping bag fitted with that same small star tip filled with red frosting.
My last fancy I Heart U cookie is made with white and pink frosting. Start by making the ruffle border. This is one of my favorite techniques! Fill a piping bag fitted with a ruffle tip (ie Wilton’s 104) with white frosting. Then place the narrow side of the tip down so that it is touching the cookie. Have the wide side of the tip up at a 45 degree angle. With an even pressure draw your tip in and out to the edge of the border around the entire cookie. Tip time!! If you need to practice making a ruffle before you frost your cookie then practice on a paper towel. If you make a mistake you can use a clean butter knife and simply lift the frosting off of your cookie and start over. Yay for forgiving recipes! Once your ruffle border is complete then fill a piping bag fitted with a small star tip (ie Wilton’s 21) with pink frosting. Make pink stars to fill in the center of your cookie. Then add the I Heart U message with white frosting in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (ie Wilton’s 3). To personalize these cookies add the names of your loved ones on the cookies. With 3 colors of frosting and 4 different tips you can create these fancy cookies to share the love with your family and friends for Valentine’s Day. Hope these cookie decorating ideas make your Valentine’s Day sweet!