The Monday Make: Liz’s Heart-shaped Valentine Cookies and Fondant

Mondays can go in one of two directions, depending on how well planned we are for starting the week.  To keep some consistency laid out for the beginning of each week, I’ve added the Monday Make as part of our routine to kick start the week of snacks off better.  I find when there are snacks made and available in the house for those in-between meal hours, then everyone stays content (for the most part).  So, new to the blog will be our weekly Monday Make to share snack recipes with you for your home school break time. And I always welcome suggestions so forward your own recipes and we’ll add them to our baking sessions and post them, making sure we give credit where it’s due.

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I thought this Monday Make would be a good time to feature a special recipe for your upcoming Valentine’s celebrations.  A dear friend down south has shared today’s recipe with y’all.  Their family are professionals when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, right down to the art of making their own chocolate.  They like to order supplies from a company called Country Kitchensa, where you can find anything from types of chocolate to melt down, to molds, fondant, party supplies, you name it.

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We always enjoyed tea time and Liz’s famous heart-shaped cookies (even gluten-free!) with the special fondant feature that the children rolled out and pressed shapes into before securing onto their cookies.

My biggest disappointment today is not being able to share the pics with you from our celebrations together and the delicious cookies to show you since I seem to have lost a good many photos on the computer.  I stayed up very late last night furiously searching every file for them but to no avail (and also doing that begging God thing–so silly in hindsight, of course–I mean if that’s all I have to worry about, it’s great!)

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So let’s pretend my children aren’t eating cupcakes made from a box here and envision those delicious heart-shaped, carefully prepared Valentine’s cookies.  We’re all sitting around the large oval table at Liz’s house surrounded by windows gazing out into their private woods, sipping tea, eating homemade peppermint patties, pretzels dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles to boot, and practicing the art of good conversation together.

And of course all the while dressed in our best pink or red outfits for the occasion.

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Thanks to Flickr I found duplicates of Liz’s cookies for you to see.

Valentine cookies

Buttery Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour  (or 3 cups gluten free flour, plus 1 & 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum)
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. In a mixer bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar, egg and vanilla.  Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add in flour and salt, mixing on low until combined.  Lightly flour counter top and roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes. Place cookies onto greased cookie sheets and bake 7-10 minutes (try to get them out before they start browning too much at the edges).  Cool completely, then smear a little bit of icing on them and apply a rolled fondant topping and any additional decorations.
Note:  For the rolled fondant topping, roll it out to about 1/8 inch, press a design into it with a texture sheet, then cut it out using the same cookie cutter you used for your cookies.
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I am hoping to attempt these at our up-coming Love-y loving Valentine’s party with our Quiz group girls and their siblings and mamas.  If all turns out well, I’ll be sure to post the pics over the weekend.  But if you want to go all out and be more adventurous, take a look at some of these pics below that dear Liz has graciously shared with me to help get me out of a bind today in our Monday Make post.  These are her incredible, extravagant creations from last year’s Valentine’s celebrations for y’all to ooh and ahh over.  Aren’t they great?! Thanks for sharing these Liz! And here’s her message to prove it all:

Here are pics of some of last year’s Valentine’s treats (but I haven’t found any of the year before with you guys, boo hoo!) In addition to doing fondant on last year’s heart cookies, I used chocolate dip and drizzle. We also dipped oreos in chocolate and put a little fondant heart on them, and made cake pops.  Feel free to use or not use these pics!
Big hugs,
Liz

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Thanks, Liz, for this great recipe and these great pics! Miss you!

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