Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookie Twists

Valentine's Sugar Cookie Heart Twists- perfect if you don't want to roll and cut out cookies

I have this delusion that I can draw.  I look at something and think, “I can totally draw that”.  But any time I actually attempt to draw something it looks like I used my feet with my left hand behind my back and my eyes closed.  There’s definitely some disconnect between what my brain thinks I am capable of and what my hand can actually produce.  I have the same issue with cookie decorating.  In my head, I can totally do it.  I wish I could decorate gorgeous sugar cookies like some of the amazingly talented cookie decorators out there (Sweet Sugar Belle, The Baked Equation, Bake at 350… just to name a few), but I’ve come to accept that it is just not one of my talents. 

I do still love sugar cookies though, especially when they’re soft with just a little crisp around the edges.  I made these sugar cookies last Christmas as wreaths (you can find them in my FREE Holiday Cookies eBook here) and decided to try them as hearts.  I think they turned out super cute- and best part, no icing needed!  Sometimes simple is best.

Valentine's Sugar Cookie Heart Twists- perfect if you don't want to roll and cut out cookies

These Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookie Twists would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!  If you’re able to send homemade treats to your kid’s school, these would be a great option.  I know my daughter’s teacher would appreciate that they are less mess and less sugar without icing or sprinkles.  :)

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookie Twists
 
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Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp red gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed until creamy.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, and slowly blend together.
  4. Beat until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Divide the dough in half.
  6. Add the red food coloring to one half.
  7. Shape each color of dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to chill at least one hour.
  8. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  9. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  10. Shape ½ tbsp - 1 tbsp of red dough into a 6- inch rope.
  11. Repeat with the plain dough.
  12. Place ropes side by side and twist together about six times.
  13. Form twisted ropes into a heart, gently pinching where the two meet.
  14. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until just golden brown on the bottoms.
  15. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

 

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Play-Doh Valentine Free Printable

"Valentine, I think you are a'doh'able" Free Printable #valentine

We’re big fans of Play-Doh at our house.  It’s minimally messy and usually keeps the kiddos entertained long enough for me to make dinner or get some laundry done.  I’m also a fan of giving it in favor bags at birthday parties or on Valentine’s Day, instead of the usual candy and sugar.  Not that there’s anything wrong with treats, but sometimes it’s nice to have other options. 

"Valentine, I think you are a'doh'able" Free Printable #valentine

I created a cute little Valentine’s Day printable to gift with a small 1oz container of Play-Doh.  You can find the Play-Doh Party Bag Dough, 15 Count (assorted colors) on Amazon or in select stores.  Print out the cards on cardstock and cut a circle in the center of each heart.  An easy way to do this is to trace the Play-Doh carton, but make sure you cut inside the lines.  (If you cut too large of a hole, just use a little tape on each side of the container to the back of each card.)

Download the free printable here.

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Holiday Cookies eBook: Free Download

Today is the big day!  I switched my site over from my previous SweetBellaRoos.com to Grace and Good Eats.  This change was a long time coming and I am so excited to begin 2015 with my new site.  When I started Sweet Bella Roos it was a semi-private blog, affectionately nicknamed after my daughter, and my Mom was my only reader.  I never imagined it would grow to what it is today or that I would still get so much joy from sharing a little piece of my life with all of you.  I struggled with a bit of an identity crisis, afraid to commit to being a “food blog”, but as my recipe development and food photography skills have (immensely) improved over the past five years, I’m finally ready to wear the title proudly.

To celebrate I’m giving away a free download of my Holiday Cookies eBook! 

FREE DOWNLOAD: Holiday Cookies- 10 delicious cookie recipes for the holidays and beyond

This digital cookbook features 10 of my most favorite cookies (never before seen on the blog).  Most of these recipes are my go-to, tried and true, recipes- with a few new ones thrown in to the mix.  These are the recipes I would pull out when I needed to bake some goodies to bring to work for a holiday celebration, to a potluck event at church, or even just a rainy Saturday deserving of cookies.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Holiday Cookies- 10 delicious cookie recipes for the holidays and beyond

Holiday Cookies is a 24 page PDF with 10 recipes, full page color photographs of every cookie, tips and methods, and includes:

  1. Chai Spice Cookies
  2. Browned-Butter Shortbread
  3. Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Sandies
  4. Lemon Sandwich Cookies
  5. M&M Monster Cookies
  6. White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia
  7. Peanut Butter Blossoms
  8. Oatmeal Cranberry
  9. Sugar Cookie Wreaths
  10. Mint Chocolate Fudge

These are all simple, easy to follow recipes that don’t require any crazy ingredients.  I’ve included a mix of chocolate, fruit, and spice so you are sure to find something to please everyone.  While these cookies are perfect for the holiday season, they can certainly be made any time of year!

DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK HERE

I hope you enjoy baking and sharing (and eating!) these cookies.  And I hope you will follow along with me on my new site.  I’ve changed the name of most of my social media accounts, so please make sure you are following me under my new accounts!

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Giftable Single Serving Hot Cocoa

Single Serving Hot Cocoa- perfect to gift in little containers filled with marshmallows, peppermint, etc

 I found these little plastic ornaments at Michael’s (orig. $1.99, sale $.99) a few days ago and thought they would be PERFECT to fill with something.  I love that they are square, and are able to sit up nicely, as opposed to the round ones you usually find.  The lids popped out no problem and they were super easy to assemble. …

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Spooky Halloween Bingo- Free Printable

Spooky Halloween Bingo- free printable! (10 different cards)

I am the queen of procrastination.  I should have shared these Spooky Halloween Bingo Cards last week, but seeing as I just made them 5 minutes ago, that would have required me to not do something at the last minute.  At least it’s not October 31 right?

These bingo cards would be a fun addition to your Halloween party.  I’ve created 10 different cards for you to print and you can use candy corn or individually wrapped candies as the markers.  We will be using these to keep the kiddos busy while we wait for Dad to get home so we can go trick-or-treating! …

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Chocolate Orange Cream Pudding Parfaits

Chocolate Orange Cream Pudding Parfaits- perfect for Halloween!

I started making this trifle a few years ago for a Halloween party, and I’ve made it every year since because it’s so yummy, and SO easy!  Trifles are one of my favorite things to make for a crowd, they are easy to serve and look like they took a lot more time and effort than they really do.  I usually make this with whipped cream and use food coloring to make it orange, but when I found this seasonal TruMoo Orange Cream Flavored Milk I knew it would be perfect for this! …

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My Current Cookbook Wishlist

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Can you believe there’s only 17 more weeks until Christmas?  It always seems like once back to school hits, the holidays just sneak up on you!  I recently started a new board on Pinterest for my husband with gift ideas for me.  (Over the years I’ve learned he does better with hints… as long as those hints include exactly what I want and exactly where he can purchase it.)

This year I’m thinking about keeping it pretty easy for him after noticing my Amazon wishlist filling up with all the cookbooks I’ve been wanting.  So many of my blogger friends have books coming out soon and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!  This week I couldn’t wait for Christmas and decided to pre-order 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake.  It just arrived yesterday and I am already loving it!  So pretty!

If you’re shopping for a foodie this year, I’ve listed a few of the books from my current cookbook wishlist. 

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Red, White Chocolate, and Blue Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Use Ready to Bake sugar cookie dough to make these festive 4th of July cookies!

I got the idea to make these cookies when I was grocery shopping last weekend.  I knew I was running out of time to share some 4th of July recipes, so I was trying to think of something easy and cute.  The Pillsbury Ready To Bake Sugar Cookies caught my eye and I knew they would be perfect for my plan. …

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Easy American Mason Jar Planters Tutorial

This is a guest post from HomeDaddys.com.

Easy American Mason Jar Planters Tutorial

American Planter

 Back when I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I was never the type of guy to go overboard for the 4th of July. Sure I loved the fireworks and the BBQ and the unfettered nationalism, but the thought of covering my home in patriotic décor didn’t exactly light my sparkler – so to speak. But then my family moved to Texas and things changed. To say that the people love Independence Day here would be a gross understatement. As soon as the calendar turns to May my neighbors start to live, breathe and bleed pure ‘Murica. Red, white and blue pinwheels pop up in every yard. The neighborhood fills with the smell of hickory smoke and fireworks that would never be legal in my hometown start going off at sunset like clockwork. And to be honest, I kind of dig it….

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Teacher Appreciation Gift: Marker Bouquet

 Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift- our teacher is ALWAYS in need of dry erase markers! Cute presentation

This week is Teacher Appreciation week at BellaRoo’s school.  Each day has a different theme, and today is “Mad for School Supplies”.  We were asked to bring in an item for the classroom (glue sticks, dry erase markers, scissors, crayons, pencils, box of tissues, hand sanitizer, etc.)  I know our teacher is always in need of dry erase markers, so I decided they would be a perfect Teacher Appreciation gift for the day….

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