Valentine Treats

February 13, 2012 by Jenny Melrose
A little something people need to know about me is that I was afraid of the kitchen for a very long time.  I didn’t grow up helping my mom in the kitchen.  I actually avoided it like the plague.  I normally got out of it, too because I would be outside playing basketball with my dad.  That’s right, I was the tomboy of the neighborhood.  I became more confident in cooking meals once I married my husband.  He’s not a critic so it made cooking enjoyable.  He was also a decent teacher before we moved into our house because he didn’t mind if I made a mess, which is not the case anymore since we have a nice kitchen now.  I was actually told once to not get water spots in the sink.  Ha!  Since having Riley, I’ve taken more of an interest in baking.  I made all of the desserts for her 2nd birthday, which you can see here.  I made two different treats for Valentine’s Day.  The first, are these adorable sugar cookies with royal icing.   I totally cheat and use Pillsbury sugar cookie mix from a box.  I throw the dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes so that it is hard enough to roll and use cookie cutters on it.
The royal icing recipe I use is:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons water
I pipe an outline for the colors and then fill in by thinning the icing out with a little water and then spreading it with a toothpick.  You need to make sure that the icing is dry before adding the next color.
Riley and I brought some of the cookies to her instructor at the Little Gym, which you can read all about here.  I packaged them with a Forget Me Knot plant that I picked up from Target in the dollar section.  I placed the plant and the cookies on top of pink chocolate candies.  Riley managed to eat about eight before going to the gym at 8:30 in the morning!
The bucket was given to me last year for Valentine’s Day.  Super cute, right?
I covered everything with our Thumb Print Valentintes, which you can read about how to do here.
She only sat there for me because I promised she could have one more chocolate.  She’s a negotiator at two!
The last treats I made are for Riley’s day care and grandma’s house.  I adore making cupcakes!  For my younger sister’s bridal shower I wanted to make an interesting centerpiece, so I got the idea of making cupcake bouquets.  I wanted the cupcakes to look like roses so I conned my mom into taking a cake decorating class at Michaels with me.  The class was great.  I have applied what I learned many times.  I wish I had pictures of the cupcake bouquets.  I’ll have to try to recreate them one day.  I use cake mix from a box for my cupcakes, but I make Wilton’s frosting recipe.
The frosting recipe is:
  • 2-3 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablesppon meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (almond is better)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
I use a pastry bag and Wilton’s 1M tip to frost the cupcakes.
I added pink and red sugar dust to give the cupcakes a more Valentine’s Day feel.
One tidbit I left out is that just as I was about to place the icing into the pastry bag, I got a bit on my hand and licked it off.  It tasted so bad I had to spit it out!  I quickly realized that my unmarked tupperware bins did me in.  I used flour, instead of the confectioners sugar!  Thank goodness I’m a messy cook.  I would have frosted all of the cupcakes and not even had known.  Could you imagine?!

    Comments

  • Carrie


    How fun!! It all looks so delicious. I'm following you back as well.

  • Mohur


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  • junglemum83


    they look yummy! hi its junglemum returning a follow

  • Lien - all new adventures


    For someone who was afraid of the kitchen you've done an amazing job! Oh, if I had frosted all the cupcakes using flour instead of icing sugar I would have cried, for days, and it probably would put me off doing any baking for a while. Luckily in your case this didn't happen 🙂

    Lien.

  • AmieAnn


    These are soo stinkin adorable! And great job on getting in the kitchen.. I had the same problem.. got married, had a baby and bought a house and then had nooo idea what to do with anything but the baby.. the kitchen was my biggest disaster area! Oh yeah.. and we are neighbors.. I'm just across the bridge in NJ!
    Thanks for following and I am following you too!

  • Heather


    Hahaha, I'm a messy cook too, Jenny! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, I'm your newest follower! 🙂

  • flutietootie


    Wow that is such a clever idea. It looks so delicious and your daughter seems to be loving her package as well.

  • Mrs. K


    So adorable 🙂 Following from the Make My Monday Hop- glad I clicked on your link! http://www.crazycasak.com

  • jennielynn


    Following you through GFC and Linky.

  • 7kidsandcounting


    super cute cookies, the icining looks like plastic-i love it 🙂 I'm following back

  • Sarah


    You are more ambitious in the kitchen than I am. Sugar cookies take way to long for me. Following from Make My Monday and http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/

  • Carrie Rundhaug


    I love the cookies!! I can't wait to get into my new kitchen so that I can make some!! I am just stopping by and following through Make My Monday!!

  • Kat


    I love the butterfly cookies! I'm wondering if I still have time to “put some together” …

    I wanted to thank you again for my award and invite you to see who I selected as my deserving bloggers at http://katsdailyinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/02/versatile-blogger-award.html.

  • DebbieDoesCreations


    I need to buy the wilton stuff to make my cupcakes prettier. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now your newest LF. Glad you liked the Topiary. I loved it!

  • The Lovely Mrs. P


    Hi Jenny,
    Glad you found me! I am following back!! I would like to invite you today for my Blog Hop Social & then back on Thursdays for a linky party! Happy Valentines Day!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

  • Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more


    so cute!

  • Deana


    Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…Have a wonderful Sunday:)

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