Valentine Cookies

Perfect pairings

There is something special about giving a treat, be it candy or a cookie, that when it is homemade, it means so much more. It just taste better not to mention it is appreciated more too. Thanks Marilyn.

This cookie recipe comes from outside my family and makes one of the best sugar cookies I have tasted. Simple, pure and old-fashion goodness. A shortbread-like crispness which I favor in a cookie.

The icing is one my Momma used from time to time, nothing more than a royal icing with flavoring, in this case a refreshing slightly minty sweetness to add to a perfect cookie. I think the two makes a perfect pairing too. Enjoy!

Granny Rogers Sugar Cookies

2 1/2 cups A/P flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 stick margarine (4 tbsps)
1 cup sugar
2 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

For decorations:
Additional egg whites for brushing cookies & plain or color sugars
Cookie Icing –see below

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.

Blend shortening with the margarine and stir in the sugar. Mix in the eggs well.

Fold in the dry ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill.

Roll out as thin you can, 1/8-inch thick if possible.

Cut into desired shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

If decorating with sugars, brush with egg whites and sprinkle with sugars of choice.

Bake 12-15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F oven or until edges begin to brown.

Note: For softer, thicker cookies, add an additional teaspoon of baking powder and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or increase temperature to 375 degrees F.

Mint Cookie Icing
photo from Joy of Baking

3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint or spearmint extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
Food coloring

In a large bowl, combine egg whites with extracts and beat using a mixer until frothy. Gradually add sugar mixing on low speed until incorporated and mixture becomes shiny.
Increase speed to high and beat until it forms stiff, glossy peaks, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add food coloring if desired and ice cookies with a thin coating.
To pipe decorations, transfer to pastry bag (or zip-lock bag with a corner clipped).
Can store covered tightly with plastic wrap in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Note: Use fresh lemon juice instead of extract if desired.


  1. Those are so pretty , sure to put a smile on any Valentine!

  2. I can tell by the ingredients in this cookies its going to make perfect cookies! I love sugar cookies, but with mint...what a great idea... I also love the lemon juice idea...great recipes and thanks for sharing, havent seen AP flour in ovr 40 years :)

  3. So pretty and they would make excellent presents. :)

  4. Beautiful cookies for Valentine's Day. I have to start making, too. Using shortbread cookies is a great idea. Love all the creative.

  5. These look like a lovely gift for valentines day, or any day really!

    Like your blog.

  6. They are adorable. Good job on the frosting.

  7. I don't know if I could share these...I'd eat them up before they cool down. They look so pretty!

  8. Your cookies are beautiful! I just love sugar cookies with icing. Favorite cookie ever!

  9. I know I will like this - because I like your description of the perfect sugar cookie and it's the same as mine. Love the mint icing - spring-like for a loving day. Plus - they're just lovely!

  10. We love sugar cookies and your recipe sure looks like it makes a fabulous one :)

  11. These are so pretty. I like the idea of sprinkling them with sugars prior to cooking. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. These cookies are too cute! I'd definitely welcome them on Valentine's Day!

  13. Drick, those are darling!

    ...Will you be my valentine?

  14. Couldn't agree more, Drick. A homemade gift really comes from the heart (pardon the pun... ;)

  15. These are lovely and I really like the mint in the icing :)

  16. How cute!! And yes, please save one for me :D

  17. Oh Drick, these are so adorable! Love the sugar cookie recipe and the icing sounds fab with the mint. Have a happy Valentine's Day!


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