Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mini Heart Cookies


The kids wanted to make some cookies for their friends for Valentine's Day instead of giving out candy.  We loved these Mini Leaf Cookies Chelsea made so we decided to branch off her recipe, and make these adorable Mini Heart Cookies.  These Honey Sugar Cookies are so yummy and the mini size lets you eat handfuls without the guilt.  The kids did all the decorating, and had lots of fun.  Invite some kids over, and decorate away!





Recipe:

For the Cookies:
1/3 cup Crisco
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup room temperature butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
For the Icing:
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg white
1 tbsp lemon juice or maple syrup
food coloring
Directions:
1.Mix shortening, butter, egg, honey, sugar, and vanilla thoroughly.  Blend flour, soda, and salt, and stir into shortening mixture.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Roll onto a floured surface to about 1/4″ thick and use your mini heart cookie cutters to cut out the shape.  We got our mini heart cookie cutter from here.  We used some of the dough to spell out words and names using our ABC Mini Cookie Cutter set from here.  


2. Put shapes on a piece of parchment paper and place on a baking sheet. Bake approximately 4 minutes at 350 degrees. They puff up, but they don't spread so you can fit them close together on the cookie sheet.

3. Allow the cookies to cool on a rack while you mix up the icing.  Combine all ingredients, and mix until smooth. You may need to add more powdered sugar if you find that your icing is too runny or more syrup if it is to thick.  Separate the icing into small bowls and mix food coloring in each to make your colors.  Once the cookies were cooled spoon a little icing on each cookie and use a toothpick to spread the icing. 


4. Let the icing set, and package them up for your friends.  This recipe makes so many that you can eat a bunch, and still have so many left! 






Package them up in milk bottles decorated with twine and washi tape, berry baskets and candy cups from the Shop!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Giant Tissue Heart

Looking for a quick and easy decoration for Valentine's Day?  This giant tissue heart is perfect, and if you have some foam board, tissue paper and double stick tape, you can get started right now!


For each heart, you will need:
-2 white foam boards or cardboard
- tissue paper
- roll of double stick tape
- scissors
- empty water bottle
- packing tape


Step 1-Draw half of a heart onto one piece of the foam board or cardboard and cut out.  Trace the first half heart onto the your second foam board so both halves are the same size. 

Step 2- Cut out second half of heart.

Step 3-Line up both sides, and tape together in the center using packing tape.  Make your heart as big or small as you want.  We used a 16 x 24 size foam board that we purchased from the dollar store.  You can get bigger boards from a craft store.  

Step 4-Cut out squares of tissue paper.  We cut ours 2 x 2.  They don't have to be perfect. Separate all of them to make the process of taping go faster. 


Step 5-Make a row of double stick tape across the heart.  

Step 6- Take one square at a time, center it over the top of the water bottle, and press down to form around the top of the water bottle. 

Step 7- Hold the paper in place on the water bottle, flip, and press into the tape.  Repeat this down the entire line of tape. 



Step 8-Add another row of double sided tape 1 1/2 inches over, and use the same technique until your heart is covered.


Make a few in different colors to decorate for Valentine's Day.  These would be cute for a shower or wedding decoration too!


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