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Happy Hearts Day!!!

February 13, 2013

A few months ago, I won a cookie decorating book from the lovely Alison at Writing, Wishing. The book has so many cute cookie ideas, recipes for different types of cookies, clear instructions about how to decorate them and also how to make royal icing. Being the baker that I am, I couldn’t wait to try out a recipe.

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With Valentines Day right around the corner, I decided to bake heart shaped cookies for middle daughter’s class instead of buying store bought cards and candies. Easy, piecey, right? Bake a few dozen cookies, throw on some icing and bag them with a cute card attached.

Well, not so fast. This little endeavor took me 4 days… yes, you read that right, 4 days of baking, decorating, bagging, tying up pretty bows. Throw in photographing, designing and printing a card and you have one tired mommy today. Part of the reason it took me so long is the fact that I had to take a little time here and there to get the work done.

AshValentineThis is the card I designed. I loved how the photograph came out with the silhouette and the sunset and Middle making a heart shape with her hands.  Thanks to PicMonkey this is what I came up with. Pretty cute, right? I do so love PicMonkey.

bakingheartcookiesMiddle was good about helping me every step of the way, a little here and a little there. Enough for her to be proud of what we accomplished. I baked the vanilla cookies Sunday night and we iced them the next day.

frostingcookiesHere we are in the middle of icing all the cookies. It was the first time that I used royal icing. I had to adjust the recipe a bit as I couldn’t find meringue powder at any of the stores we went to. It came out very well and we were happy with the results.

valentinechocolateheartcookiesThe day after we did the icing, I baked the chocolate cookies in the morning. The original recipe called for some Nutella to be added but I had to leave it out since one of the kids in Middle’s class has a nut allergy. I cannot wait to try it out with the Nutella. The kids and I love, love, love it. Even though I did not add it, the cookies still came out great and have a scrumptious chocolaty taste. 

frostedchocoheartcookiesThat evening we frosted and decorated the chocolate cookie hearts. And also tried a few here and there. 🙂

frostedvanillaheartcookiesAfter making sure the icing was dried all the way-(I waited until the next day) – I used writing tubes of colored frosting to add each child’s initials to the vanilla cookies, again making sure that it was dried all the way so the cookies were safe for stacking.

valentinesThen, this morning it was time to bag all the goodies up which Little One helped me with by breaking the little twisty ties apart so I could secure each bag. In the afternoon, I picked up the printed cards. Middle and I tied them on with a cute little ribbon. And finally, we are all finished! I do hope that the children and teachers will like their valentines. If I hear one bad remark, I might just have to whip out my broom stick and go for a ride! (Just kidding.) 🙂

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I wish of all of you, yes, every one of you, a very Happy Hearts Day!!!

Since I took all of these photos with my phone I’m linking up with Greta of G*Funk*ified and Sarah of The Sunday Spill for ippp!!!

 

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  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 14, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Wow, you really went all out!!!!

  • Kerry February 14, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Love the picture, love the look of the cookies (which I am sure will taste great!)

  • TBM February 14, 2013 at 4:41 am

    4 days–you are dedicated and thanks to the Middle’s help they are lovely. Have a wonderful day

  • Beth Ann Chiles February 14, 2013 at 7:51 am

    They are BEAUTIFUL and the card is perfect!!! Love the whole package and I know about those projects that sound like such a great idea and then take on a life of their own ……your sweet Valentine’s will remember this one , though, so it is so worth it! You are a great mom!

    • Susi February 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks, Beth Ann, all around. I may complain a little but in the end it’s what I like to do! 🙂

  • Corey February 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

    uhm, any left???? I feel I got left out on the great cookie bonanza of 2013… 🙂

    • Susi February 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      There are a few left. I’ll make you some of your fave almond cookies this weekend!!!

  • Greta @gfunkified February 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I can’t imagine that anyone would NOT love those! Look at all that work you did. Holy moley, Susi! WHat a good mom. And I LOVE the cards, too!!

    • Susi February 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks so much Greta. It was a lot of work but worth it in the end… I do hope that she’ll remember this when she’s older. 🙂

  • Sandra February 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Wow! These are awesome! What a lot of love and effort put into these cookies and packaging! Big, huge kudos to all of you! So lovely.

    • Susi February 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks, Sandra. I can’t wait to hear what Middle says when I get her from school.

  • Audrey February 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my goodness you are AMAZING!!! Those turned out awesome!

    • Susi February 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Audrey, thank you. I’m not sure I’m amazing but I’ll take the compliment!!! 🙂

  • paul February 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    That’s dedication. The cookies look beautiful. Hope you and ours enjoy a happy Heart day ( and more than a few of those cookies)

    • Susi February 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Paul, thank you. And yes, we did enjoy a few of the cookies, unfortunately not too many were left-over after all the bags were filled.

  • Rorybore February 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    You are awesome!! And I’m so hungry for a cookie now.
    I am certain everyone absolutely loved their treat.

    It’s kind of disappointing, but our teachers actually requested we NOT send sweets. They don’t like the kids having the sugar in the classroom. Which saves us moms work, but still……shouldn’t you get some sugar on Valentine’s Day?

    • Susi February 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      You know, I have to say since the kids started at this school things are a lot easier. At their old school we were not allowed to bring homemade goods in, only store bought. I get the now sugar thing but they are kids and it’s not that much for Valentine’s Day. I got pretty good feedback so I’m happy and call it a job well done! 🙂

  • sarah sundayspill February 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    holy moly that is just awesome. i am not a baker but i especially love how you incorporated photography into the project 🙂 love!

    • Susi February 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks, Sarah. I pretty much incorporate photography into everything I do these days. 🙂

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