Valentine’s Tea Cookies

Valentine's Tea Cookies | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about waiting until the last-minute, but I can pretty much guarantee that 90% of us do indeed wait until the last second possible to decide which way we choose to say “I love you” to those we care about the most. That doesn’t make us look very good, does it? Why do we need to put so much thought into showing someone how much we care about them on one single day of the year? Shouldn’t we be showing them every day instead? Is a card from Brenna really going to make B.O.B. Bob cry out in happiness, because he finally feels her love? He’d be more impressed if she wrote, “I love you” in her litter box with her own poop. Hell, I’d be impressed if he actually cleaned the litter box. It doesn’t happen very often.

So I bet you’re wondering what B.O.B. Bob is getting from me this year as a gift. Cigars, clothes, and a new tool to add to the mountain of others he already owns and does not use? Hell no. Another silly card perhaps, like this one from last year? Probably, because every holiday needs a little humor to spice it up. But the real gift this year, the gift that is gigantic, and perhaps even a little over the top, is two tickets for him and I to see Harry Connick, Jr. in concert next week. That’s right; I am giving B.O.B. Bob the gift that I most want in the world. A whole evening filled with me, and my other favorite man. Who cares that it isn’t something that his little heart desires, and is totally a gift to further my own happiness? He’s going to go with me, he’s going to have a great time, and we’re going to have a lovely date night that doesn’t include hockey. That’s what Valentine’s Day is about after all. Spending a lot of money to show how much you love your significant other, crossing your fingers that you get them the absolute perfect gift, but always messing it up in the end. I’m just saving myself a few steps. Here’s how I see it; it’s better than giving him a litter box full of cat poop spelling out Brenna’s feelings.

Valentine's Tea Cookies | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

Valentine's Tea Cookies | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars for 3 minutes, on medium speed.
  3. Add the egg; mix for 1 minute on medium speed.
  4. Add the vanilla; mix for 1 minute on medium speed.
  5. Sift the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the other ingredients on low-speed, a little bit at a time, just until combined.
  7. Use a silicone spatula to mix in the M&M’s.
  8. Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to make rounded dough mounds, and then dip the top of them in the sparkling sugar.
  9. Place on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.

Valentine's Tea Cookies | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Store the cookies in an airtight container.
  • This recipe will yield almost 3-dozen cookies.
  • If you can’t find Red and White Sparkling Sugar, used any festive sugars or sprinkles that you have on hand.

Valentine's Tea Cookies | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

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Valentine’s Tea Cookies

Valentine’s Tea Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg, Room Temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Corn Starch
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 (11.4-oz) Bag Valentine's Mix Milk Chocolate M&M's
  • Red and White Sparkling Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars for 3 minutes, on medium speed.
  3. Add the egg; mix for 1 minute on medium speed.
  4. Add the vanilla; mix for 1 minute on medium speed.
  5. Sift the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the other ingredients on low-speed, a little bit at a time, just until combined.
  7. Use a silicone spatula to mix in the M&M's.
  8. Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to make rounded dough mounds, and then dip the top of them in the sparkling sugar.
  9. Place on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.
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