Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m usually all about healthy and sustainable food choices and it’s true. However when my youngest begs to make Valentine cookies for her friends, and then I want to make some for my friends, the only way to do that is to break out the bestest cookie recipe.
The recipe comes from a super secret cookbook I bought from a 4-H club in 1998.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 sticks margarine (room temperature)
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Using a mixer cream together: sugar, margarine, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.
- Then add the dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight (very important to do this).
- Take about 1/4 of dough and roll out on floured board.
- Keep remainder in ice box.
- Cut out and bake at 350 for 8 minutes for a soft cookie and 10 minutes for a crunchy cookie.
After making the cookies, the thing that just makes it is the icing and decorations. I just used the recipe for royal icing on the back of the meringue powder container.
Royal Icing: Combine 1/4 cup meringue powder with 1/2 cup cold water, and beat until peaks form. Then beat in 4 cups of powdered sugar.
For the decorations this year we opted to use Edible Color Markers. The ones we used are Wilton Foodwriter Edible Color Markers. They are the way to go for people who can’t pipe icing worth a dang (ME!)
For my daughter’s cookies, we just put her friends’ names on them and made them pretty. For the ones for my friends, I let my adult humor hang out just a tad.
Moral of the story? Sometimes it’s ok to splurge and do something fun and not in the regular realm. Start to finish my youngest and I spent about 6 hours of quality time together working on these and that is worth each and every calorie and gram of sugar!