Sugar Cookies | Valentine's Day

I have used this sugar cookie recipe for years.  I am not even sure where or who I got it from.  It makes a nice soft cookie.  If you're looking to make a cut-out cookie with a lot of detail... this is not the one.  I use a different sugar cookie recipe at Christmas, but for hearts this works great.

Valentine heart sugar cookiesThis recipe makes a big batch... perfect for sharing.



1 cup crisco - 2 cups sugar

Cream shortening and sugar together.  (I use my KitchenAid with beater attachment.)

3 eggs - 1 cup milk ( I use whole) - 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add eggs, milk and vanilla.  Beat until combined.

4 tsps baking powder - 2 tsps baking soda - 1/2 tsp salt - 7 cups flour

In separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, then add to the wet ingredients a cup at a time until all is incorporated.

Lay out plastic wrap, and scrape out dough onto wrap.  Flatten out and cover completely, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes prior to rolling.

Flour your surface, roll out thick (about 1/4) and cut with heart shape cutter.

Bake at 375 for 5-8 minutes.  Do not let brown.

I cool my cookies on a rack until time to frost.

Since I usually make these cookies for sharing, or giving to a class, I want my frosting to harden.  I simply use powdered sugar (I like to sift mine), add milk and a small amount of vanilla until desired consistency.  Add in your color.

I rarely use shortening in a cookie recipe, but as I have ventured out and tried many, many, many sugar cookie recipes... I always come back to this one for my heart cookies.

I hope you try it.  I think you'll like it.


Decoration Day


We should guard their graves with sacred vigilence, all that the consecrated wealth and toils of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such halowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent vistors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of averice, or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present, or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people the cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow dull, and other hands black, and other hearts cold, in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light, and warmth, of life remain to us. Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of Springtime: let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor. Let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us, a sacred charge upon a nations gratitude the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan.


Above words from General order No. 11 of the Grand Army of the Republic that documented the establishment of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, from General John Logan, May 5, 1868.


David-over-Cliffs-Shoulder-1024x768david gray - arlington national cemetary


Above photos from the funeral of our dear friend, and his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

As you enjoy your freedoms this Memorial Day, remember the valiant ones who sacrificed everything and gave their very lives.