Other than Thanksgiving and Christmas, I really don’t worry too much about sharing recipes here in time for holidays or big foodie events. Sure I really would love to be so organized that I had some incredible appetizer recipes lined up for the Super Bowl last week….but hey, we were in Disney getting our last use out of our season passes before they expired Feb. 7th. And for Floridians or any Disney fans, that’s important! As all the other food bloggers hammered out delectable game food, I really did feel like I was missing out. I’d like to have something for you guys out in time every now and again.
Here Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I’m kind of indifferent to Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of love, romance, yada, yada, yada. But I also hate the pressure society puts on guys that they have to BE romantic on that one particular day per year. AND let’s not forget about the expectations that puts in the poor woman’s head. The commercials on tv are quite bad about that alone. Thank goodness I don’t watch that much tv. 😉
So I have a treat for you!! Just in time for Valentine’s Day. And it’s good….these cookies are AMAZINGLY good! I mean you can’t go wrong with a Snickerdoodle cookie. I made these for Christmas. Snickerdoodles are a tradition my grandmother started, that my mom continued and I still continue. They’re a tradition in our home, and every year I’m surprised that I don’t have the snickerdoodle here on the blog yet. This past year I did something different with the snickerdoodle. I added vanilla to it to make it more like a sugar cookie, frosted it with homemade white chocolate buttercream icing and sprinkled crushed peppermint over the top! Sound amazing don’t they? They were!!
My first introduction to these type of cookie was from my good friend Jennifer years ago at her Happy Birthday Jesus birthday party that she invites us to every year. It’s a great time to catch up with our friends, eat good food and walk around her neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. Her neighborhood has a great tradition of putting out food at the ends of the driveways each year, and we all walk around, sample treats and take in the festive lights. Santa rides around tossing candy canes from the back of a truck. I guess this is another way Florida tries to be festive with Christmas traditions since we can’t conjure up snow.
Yeah…I know these are technically a Christmas cookie, and I made them for Christmas this year and I’m sharing a Christmas tradition with you. But when I saw how much they reminded me of Valentine’s Day (hey, they are red and white aren’t they?), and that I hadn’t shared them with you guys….I convinced myself that they’d make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! What do you think? Am I in time for Valentine’s Day or late for Christmas? LOL…or maybe I’m just very early for next Christmas? You be the judge!
TELL ME: What’s your take on Valentine’s Day? Hubby and I usually do something fun, but I much prefer celebrating our anniversary.
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cream of tarter
- 1 tsp soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM ICING:
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 6 ounces white chocolate
- 3-5 Tbsp heavy cream or half and half
- ~~ icing recipe from food.com
- Crushed candy canes or peppermint candy
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Mix eggs in.
- Add vanilla, soda, salt and cream of tarter. Mix well.
- Blend in flour.
- Roll into small balls the size of a walnut.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Cool on cooling rack for a few minutes, then transfer off cookie sheet.
- Chill dough in between batches.
- Makes 6 dozen.
- TO MAKE ICING:
- Melt chocolate over low heat or in double boiler on stove.
- Stir in cream.
- In mixing bowl, mix together butter and powdered sugar.
- Mix in chocolate and cream until creamy.
- TO FROST COOKIES:
- When cookies are cooled, spread each one with icing and sprinkle with crushed peppermint.