When we lived in Boston, our good friends
Jason & Kim used to come over the Sunday before Valentines Day and we'd bake up a
storm while the guys did much more important things like play x-box and be our taste testers. There are some pretty memorable quotes from those days including Jason's "I hope this is what
Heaven is like". X-box & treats. It obviously doesn't take much. It
was always some pretty intense baking. The kind of baking, where at the
end of the day, you are exhausted. We made lots of different things: cookies, truffles,
buckeyes...you name it, we made it. All lovely and heart-shaped.
Everything was always heart-shaped and usually drizzled in chocolate. Remember these, Kim? I thought about you all day on Sunday and wished we didn't live 2,000 miles apart so we could drizzle some chocolate together. This year we decided to make these raspberry filled cookies, cupcakes & truffles.
It has been a long time since I have made sugar cookies, let alone used cookie cutters. I had to dig them out of the garage. Sugar cookies & I didn't always get along. Like the time I was decorating them and they were NOT working out and in a fit of rage... I chucked a cookie against the dining room wall. The cookie and frosting slowly, slowly slid down to the floor. Feeling very betrayed, I am sure. I think if baking causes you to 'throw out' a body part...like say a shoulder, ...well..something must be wrong. After that classy little episode, me & sugar cookies went on a bit of a trial seperation. But now, we are happily re-united and I sure think they make pretty darn good Valentine cookies. I think one of the best no-fail sugar cookie recipes I've used is here. The truffle recipe can be found here.
I have a great collection of cookie cutters and it reminded me how
much fun it is to have cookies in fabulous shapes. It also reminded me
how much I miss "Martha by Mail". Surely I am not alone here. The pink
& white striped cupcake liners are from there. I bought them in
2003 and they came in a pack of 200. My stash is slowly dwindling &
so I only use them for special occasions. Martha had some really great
holiday stuff and right before they shut down, they had amazing,
amazing sales. I got some great oversized copper cutters and of
course, working at Williams Sonoma all those years, only fueled the
There is entirely too much sugar in the house and so I think we will spend the day decorating cupcakes and making Valentines plates for neighbors.
Thanks for all the apron love. It really did mean so much. I've already spotted some of your ruffle aprons out there...maybe I should set
up a little ruffle apron club on Flickr. Also, I'm getting dangerously
close (only about 6 more entries) to my 100th post and will have a sweet little give-away (apron
included, of course) to celebrate so stay tuned....
Happy Valentines Day, Darlings!