Thursday, February 14, 2013

When Artists Cook

Make a personalized Valentine card.

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! This is Jenn from Just Add Water Silly. You should know, I'm all about the LOVE. I'm not one of those curmudgeons who doesn't like Valentine's Day because it's so darn commercial. I don't care HOW commercial it gets, I embrace the LOVE. Yes, I know that one should send love to one's loved ones not just once a year, that's a given. But I think having a day that you can totally spoil someone just for the hell of it is GREAT. The one day that you can legitimately give chocolate even to the most diligent dieter and not be told you're a saboteur, heheheh. Yup, I'm all about that kind of celebratory day. Bring on the hearts, flowers, chocolate and LOVE. Anything with that combination of things can't be bad, right?? Who doesn't love getting spoiled by the ones they love? Not me, that's for sure!! I thought I'd give you a terrific recipe you can use to spoil the ones you love. The recipe will make hundreds of little hearts (about 1.5 inches square) so you can shower several lucky people or you can get a big decorative box and FILL it with love hearts, hehehe. Add a note that says you want the same number or kisses back. ;o) Enjoy!  

Jenn's Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe:  

Yield: This recipe makes a large number of cookies or if you have large cookie cutters, it's perfect and will yield about 24 cookies.
Ingredients: 6 cups gluten free flour mix (we used a general mix that didn't have xanthan gum so we added that) 4 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups butter 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla  

Send chocolate
1. Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes.  2. Add eggs & vanilla.  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, be sure to mix very well if adding xanthan gum.  4. Add in portions to the butter mixture. Mix well.  5. Put a handful of freshly made dough between two sheets of parchment and roll to desired thickness.  6. Repeat with the rest of the dough.  7. Put the rolled dough, including parchment onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer. (there's no need to flour dough as you cut out the cookies)   8. Repeat with scraps until all dough is used. (We didn't find that the dough got over worked even when it felt stiffer, the cookies still turned out perfectly.)  9. Bake@ 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookies have a very slight browning on edges. Let cool before removing from pan. 10. Decorate with royal icing.
Notes: ~Cookies freeze beautifully. ~To get cookie cutters to unmold, use granular sugar, totally cover inside of mold then push into dough. ~Don't roll them too thick, although you don't really need to worry about over working the dough. 
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and it's filled with bushels of LOVE. If you'd like to come over and join my Artist's Play Room weekly challenge I'd love to have you.