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How do you know when you’re in love? When he or she remain in your thoughts constantly day and night. Or could it be that you have rehearsed in your mind a million times what you want to say to that person. Or could it be when you say to yourself today is the day when I will finally speak to him or her, then when you see them coming you make a complete fool of yourself and the only words that come out is ahhh…umm.. Has that ever happen to you before or am I’m the only one? This is how you know that you’re in LOVE

I believe that Valentine’s Day should not just happen once a year, it should happen all year round. Why do we need to be reminded only on February 14 that we need to say I LOVE YOU. If you love someone you should say it everyday or least do something to show that you care. Perhaps, help around doing the house work, taking the car in to be serviced, take the kids to school and pick them up, take out the trash and etc.

About two years I entered into a Valentine’s Day Bake Off at my old job, I entered into the cookie category and won the first prize! In the above photo this is what I made sugar cookies with royal icing. My staff was soooo happy, from that day forward what ever I wanted nobody gave me a hard time again. Cookies make good friends and is meant to be shared.

Roll-out Cookies Yield: 3 dozen Recipe can be doubled

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened         2 3/4 cups flour

1 1/2 cup white sugar                                      1 t. baking powder

1 egg                                                              1 t. salt

1 1/2 t. clear vanilla extract                              1/2 t. almond extract (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract(s).

3.  Turn the mixer speed on low, and scrape the sides of the bowl, add the flour mixture to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing well and scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

4. Divide the dough in 2 balls. Sprinkle your work surface with flour, roll each ball into a 12 in. wide and a 1/4 inch thick. Dip each cookie cutter shape in the flour before placing it into the dough ( this will prevent the dough sticking to the cutters).

5. Dip your spatula in the flour bowl, then slide your spatula under the dough to lift up the cookies and place it onto a insulated cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

6. Bake cookies for 8-11 minutes. It’s wise to bake cookies for 4 minutes first then switch the top tray to the bottom rack, then your bottom tray to the top rack to make sure the cookies are baked lightly browned. Pull cookies out and place them on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before removing from trays.   – Happy Baking

Checkout my tutorial on Royal Icing and Decorating cookies.