Treats for my sweets

Valentines fresh from the oven have a cozy way of warming the heart, not to mention the kitchen, in mid winter.

Here is a peek at the results and some favorite “process” snaps.  This year’s batch includes my favorite jelly hearts, cranberry scones, and gooey brownies to be passed around to some of my
favorite Valentines.

An all time favorite, this butter cookie recipe based on one I got years ago
from a dear friend (thanks, Ruth!) gets broken out every year at Valentines for these oversize linzer tart style cookies, not to mention doing double duty for Christmas shapes and jelly sandwich cookies whenever needed.  Here it is:

  • Whisk together:
    2 3/4 cups flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    In a small bowl, combine with a fork:
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    In a large bowl, combine together
    with a pastry cutter:
    16 tablespoons (2 sticks) cold butter
    1 cup sugar
    pinch salt

Have some jelly on hand for filling if desired.

Beat egg mixture into butter mixture, than mix into dry ingredients in the large bowl. Knead lightly to make a smooth dough, and refrigerate if dough is too soft to roll.  Roll out half at a time, cut shapes and re-roll scraps.  Bake shapes on lightly greased sheets in preheated 350˚ oven about 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned at the edge. Cool on sheets about 10 minutes or so, then cool on racks. For these filled hearts, I used raspberry jelly.  Other jellies work great also.  Delicately press the front of the cookies (which will be the top layer) face down in powdered sugar after they have cooled (or sugar will melt), before assembling the tarts.  Spread the jelly on the cookie that will be the back layer and place the sugared top layer on carefully.  I refrigerate these until distributing them.

In a long cold winter, today will be a treat in more ways than one with 50˚ temperatures being forecasted… so best wishes for a warm and wonderful Valentine’s Day spent with your nearest and dearest.  I’ve posted a few stories about our Valentine’s traditions as well as some observations on the very timely appearance of one of my favorite colors as a nod to warm hearts near and far, and in celebration of cupid’s annual appearance… Enjoy!

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4 Comments to Treats for my sweets

  1. February 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Yummmmmmm! As always, your post makes my mouth water :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    February 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    SWEET!! – the photos look so yummy….wish I could drop by for a taste test. Happy V-day to you and yours!!

  3. ruth's Gravatar ruth
    February 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    You have taken your photography to a whole new level. You always evoked sensibilities that are heart-warming, not to mentioned artisanally insightful.
    I particularly love the hearts on the white-washed background. You single-handledly made my heart go back to the days of the doiliesque valentine. The type I made from cut-outs for my Mom with a bit of red in the background.