Friday, February 14, 2014

FAMILY FAVORITES FRIDAY: VALENTINE ACTIVITY

Valentine Cookie Contest


Sometimes, with young children, it is hard to get away for a date night on Valentine's Day.

Other times, you prefer to share the love with the whole family and include them in your plans.

One way to make Valentine's a special day for everyone
in the family is to have a cookie decorating contest.

We did this several years ago. It was a fun, creative activity and everyone enjoyed it.


Valentine Cookie Contest

I made rolled sugar cookies and cut them out using a heart cookie cutter. I also made frosting and tinted half of it pink.

If you are short on time you could use purchased frosting and cookie dough.

I divided the frosting into plastic zip top sandwich bags and snipped a bit off one corner of the bag. Frosting tips can be used in the bags, just cut a bigger hole for the tip to fit into.

To make the activity more festive, I purchased some Valentine balloons for the table.

After dinner, we all gathered around the table and decorated our cookies.


Valentine Cookie Contest


As you can see from the photos, we had a variety of creative designs- from softball cookies to smiley face cookies.

What fun family Valentine's Day activities do you do?


ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES

3 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Combine dry ingredients, cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Combine remaining ingredients in separate bowl; stir well and pour into crumb mixture. Stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least one hour.

Divide dough in half; wrap one portion and store in refrigerator. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 3-inch cookie cutter and place on lightly greased cookie sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Yield: 6 dozen

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
1½ cups butter
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter at medium speed of electric mixer; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add milk, beat until spreading consistency; stir in vanilla. Yield: 3 cups

To tint frosting pink:
Remove ½ of frosting from mixing bowl into different container. Add 1 -2 drops red food coloring to the frosting in the mixing bowl. Mix on low until all color is incorporated.

Valentine Cookie Contest
TA-DA!

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