Friday, February 11, 2011

Best Valentine Butter Cookies - EVER! Seriously!

I'm nibbling on one of these delectable little nuggets as I type this (well, the crumbs are falling onto the keyboard - I'll just send the dog in to lick it up in a sec ;)
If you like butter (and who in their sane mind doesn't??) - you'll salivate at these!  I'm serrrr-eeeee-aaassss!
I thought on first glance they were just another sugar cookie, but oh no - more like a shortbread cookie.  I've made 3 batches of these bad boys.  Planned to make just 2, but then I tasted one, and it was all over from there.

They call for lemon zest, which I didn't have - so I substituted lemon extract.  The lemon gives just the right amount of zing to them - you'll die!
You can find the recipe on the February 2010 issue of Southern Living - or just click HERE.

So, I also decided that my kids weren't going to school on Monday with store bought little paper valentines from the drug store (which I'm beginning to think they would have preferred!) - so we (which means "me" actually!  kids only remotely supervised this project, which doesn't really make it "their" project, now does it?  dummy me - they could have written their names on the paper ones and been just as happy, but oh, no!  "Crafty Mom" decided that they needed something a little "different!" o well.) made these little fortune cookie valentines from felt circles.  They have cute little sayings in them like:
"I'm so fortune-ate to have you as a friend"
and "Hugs, Kisses, and Best Wishes"
and "Give me all your candy or I"ll kick you in the knees" (oops! not that one, really.)
I followed the link from Martha Stewart HERE.
I found it a little hard to keep the candies inside, so I ended up hot glueing the edges shut in a few places.  
All in all, I think they turned out pretty darn cute!  
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


Andee said...

Thanks for the recipe link! I wanted to make crafty valentines, too, but my girls insisted on store bought. They found some that came with silly bands for $2.50/box, so I couldn't refuse. Especially since my "crafty" idea wasn't working out like I had planned. I love your fortune cookies!

whoopsiedaisiesgal said...

thanks Andee :) I ended up buying each kid a bag of candy rings/suckers to go with the fortune cookies too. I'm a sucker.
btw - I have found the perfect crushed velvet green fabric to go with that floral print piece u gave me - thank you!!!

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