Everyone loves cookies; and for the cost of one valentine card, you can make 2 dozen or more of these tantalizing treats for family, friends, and neighbors. Make a batch today with your children and give an inexpensive valentine that will long be remembered.
1 cup margarine (softened to room temp.)
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1½ tsp. vanilla
3¾ cups flour (stir in one cup at a time)
Thoroughly chill cookie dough for 3 - 4 hours or overnight. After chilled, allow dough to warm to room temperature. Divide the dough in half and roll out evenly to approximately ¼" thickness on well-floured pastry board. Cut out cookies using heart-shaped cookie cutters. Different sized hearts are fun to make, but smaller hearts will require less cooking time. Bake at 325º on an ungreased cookie sheet for 6 to 10 minutes. Rotate cookie sheet while baking cookies and watch closely. Cookies are done when the edges turn slightly brown. Recipe yields 2 - 3 dozen.
- Before baking, brush cookies lightly with beaten egg using a pastry brush and sprinkle red or pink colored sugar on top. Bake as normal. (This is the quick and easy way to decorate cookies for your little valentines.)
- Homemade frosting recipe - 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. softened margarine, and approximately 1/8 cup milk. Mix first three ingredients and then add milk slowly until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. (You want frosting thin enough to spread, but thick enough to hold sugar sprinkles and candy. Adjust the amount of milk used accordingly.)