Monday, February 4

Valentine Butter Cookies and a King Arthur Flour Giveaway




The best kind of valentine gifts are the homemade kind.The generic Hallmark cards are just not that fun. This year we are sending out cookie valentines. A basic butter cookie cut into the shapes of envelopes addressed to the kids in my son's class. Not only is it a yummy valentine, it's a fun project to get the kids involved in. A way to let them be creative and put some thought into their gifts.



For the cookies I used my very favorite hands down most reliable  cut out cookie recipe. King Arthur Flour's Butter Cookies. They are tender, buttery, slightly sweet and hold up great to rolling and cutting. For the decorating I used a basic vanilla buttercream and some of the most adorable heart sprinkles and sugar pearls from King Aurthur Flour.



With a little flour, sugar and butter you can create fun sweet treats for your kids to gift at their Valentine's Day party.



Valentine Butter Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp raspberry extract
2 3/4 cups King Arthur Flour All Purpose Flour
up to 1 tsp water (as needed)


Ingredients for the Buttercream:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups of confectioners sugar
1/2 tbs of heavy cream
1/2 tbs vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
(Food coloring for decorating choices)

Directions:

In the bowl of your electric mixer with your paddle attachment cream sugar, butter,   and egg yolk together until smooth.

Mix in the flour, salt and raspberry extract until the dough starts to come together.  If it does not go ahead and add a bit of water.  Once dough will hold up when squeezed together remove from mixer. 

Divide dough into two disks wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

When you are ready to start your cookies remove dough from refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface roll dough out to be about 1/4 an inch thick. Using rectangle cookie cutters or your choice of shape cut cookies and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until slightly golden.

Allow cookies to cool to room temperature before you begin to decorate.

For your buttercream:

In the bowl of your electric mixer using the whip attachment cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you get your desired stiffness. If it becomes too thick add in a dab of cream. Mix in salt, raspberry extract and food coloring until everything is combined.

Fill piping bags and decorating cooled cookies.

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED
King Arthur Flour Giveaway:

My good friends at King Arthur Flour were so kind to send me some free flour, adorable cookie cutters, and a heart decorating set. 





They have so graciously offered to send one of you lucky readers the same gifts! For your chances at winning, a voucher for one 5lb bag of King Arthur Flour, Heart and Fluted Cookie Cutters, and a heart deco set follow the directions below.

To enter to win follow the following steps:

Mandatory entry: Comment below telling me the best gift you have received on Valentines Day. 

Optional entries (leave an additional comment below for each additional entry):

1) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook.
2) Follow King Arthur Flour on Facebook.
3) Follow Bakehaolic Mama on Twitter.
4) Follow King Arthur Flour on Twitter.
5) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Pinterest.
6) Follow King Arthur Flour on Pinterest.
7) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Google+.
8) Follow King Arthur Flour on Google+.
9) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Instagram.
10)Sign up for King Arthur Flour's Newsletter.

Disclaimer: 11 entry options per person. All entries must be within the US. Giveaway ends February 7th at 9pm. Winner will be announced on February 8th. King Arthur Flour will ship the winnings to the lucky winner. This giveaway is sponsored by King Arthur Flour, they also provided me with cookie making materials however I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.


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121 comments:

  1. those little envelopes are the cutest! i love getting a card from my guy on valentines day

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  2. Best gift: mmmhmm, a ring I had mentioned probably 7 months before and he had remembered I loved it!

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  3. My best VDay gift was a tiny rotund stuffed panda. Small but so cute!

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  4. and follow you on IG ( @wee_eats )

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  5. I am not really sure what the best gift I have received on Vday is. I've never really been dating someone who was big into Vday presents (since it's not something I do either - I love baking, decorating my house and giving out valentine's cards though).

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  6. I take it back, last year one of my friends sent me a darth vader plush doll holding a box of chocolates. Awesome. I also like you on Facebook.

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  7. You've got to do raffle copter LOL! I like all those things already but I'll sure make the effort to get that KAF prize :)

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  8. And the above comment was for my "best gift ever" answer, which I don't even know. We aren't into gifts :) and this is for liking you on FB

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  9. And this is for liking you on Twitter

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  10. I got engaged on Valentine's Day in 1998. I received a wonderful engagement ring. I got the promise from my now husband that he wanted to marry me. So I received love --the best gift.

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  11. I receive the King Arthur newsletter.

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  12. I would love to receive this set to do Valentine's cookies with my 6 yr old daughter. The best gift I ever received on Valentine's Day was from my kids ~ homemade cards ~ but there is one in particular where my 7 yr old (at the time) wrote a list of "costs" on the back ending with "Love: Priceless" like the old credit card commercials. I still have that card & will keep it forever!!!

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  13. I receive the King Arthur newsletter

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  14. I follow King Arthur Flour on Google+

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  15. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on Google+

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  16. Enter me in for KA please! Those cookies look amazing!

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  17. I'm now following Bakeaholicmama on Facebook

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  18. following Bakeaholimama on twitter now too!

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  19. Best gift valentine gift I received was a biscuit cutter!

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  20. The best gift, time alone with my wife while the kids stayed with their grandparents!

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  21. I once got a giant filled chocolate Garfield. was probably 1994!

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  22. I receive King Arthur's newsletter.

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  23. Best gift on Valentine's Day? A bracelet from Tiffany from my hubby!

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  24. The best Valentine's Day present I ever received was a marriage proposal with ring! In the middle of Applebee's! On his knee! We got free dessert from them!

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  25. Already receive KAF newsletter

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  26. Best gift I've received on Valentine's Day was a diamond bracelet!

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  27. Following King Arthur Flour on FB!!

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  28. Following King Arthur Flour on Twitter!

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  29. Following King Arthur Flour on Pinterest!!

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  30. Following King Arthur Flour on Google+!!

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  31. Signed up for King Arthur Flour's newsletter!

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  32. Shoot, I can't resists signing up for this! Gorgeous cookies :)

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  33. Hmmm....best gift. Flowers probably, because we don't do gifts! :) I love these cookies!

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  34. These cookies are too cute! I'd be happy with my favorite chocolates :).

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  35. Oh, the cookies are PRECIOUS! Best Valentine's Day gift ever would have to be handmade cards- truly from the heart! :)

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  36. I Like Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook! :)

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  37. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on Pinterest! :)

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  38. I follow King Arthur Flour on Pinterest! :)

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  39. Following Bakeaholic Mama on Google+ :)

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  40. Subscribed to KAF newsletter! :)

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  41. The best gifts were from daddy when I was little

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  42. I follow Bakeaholic on facebook

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  43. I follow King Arthur on facebook

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  44. I follow King Arthur on PinInterest

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  45. I signed up for KAF newsletter

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  46. When the guy I liked and was dating called me his girlfriend. Three years later, we're married!

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  47. I'm a King Arthur facebook fan!

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  48. Best gift was a heart-shaped locket from my husband and son. And, I really LOVE all the handmade Valentine's Day cards I receive.

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  49. chocolate truffles!

    blueblanket@hotmail.com

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  50. Best gift, a giant box of See's Candies, hand-picked with only my favorites in it, so no nasty fruit flavored ones!
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  51. My best gift was going into labor on Valentine's Day, my husband had red roses
    delivered to the hospital, but then our daughter waited until 3:30 the next morning
    to put in an appearance :)

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  52. Best gift-our trip to Chicago. Just US! With our busy/hectic schedules sometimes you just need to get away:)

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  53. Best gift - massage gift certificates from husband and homemade coupons for things like hugs from my children.

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  54. Last year my husband gave me a pair of emerald earrings, which were a replacement for a similar pair that he gave me not long after we first met, back in 2000 (that pair was, sadly, lost during our many moves). I love them, and haven't taken them out of my ears since he gave them to me.

    Jenn, kissxmyxkitty@gmail.com

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  55. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook (I'm Jenn Foreacre).
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  56. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter (I'm @kissmykitty).
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  57. I follow King Arthur Flour on Twitter (I'm @kissmykitty).
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  58. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on Pinterest (I'm kissmykitty).
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  59. I follow King Arthur Flour on Pinterest (I'm kissmykitty).
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  60. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on Google+ (I'm Jenn Kitty / kissxmyxkitty@gmail.com).
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  62. A sushi picnic!
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  63. French pictures from Paris chefatschool06@yahoo.com Jenifer

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  64. Following king arthur on pintrest
    Jenifer

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  65. My best and favorite gift is my husband! We were married on Valentines Day! Mbmitchell@hotmail.com

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  66. My best and favorite gift is my husband! We were married on Valentines Day! Mbmitchell@hotmail.com

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  67. So many years ago my mom sent me a little gold puffy heart necklace. Miss her. Thank you for the yummy giveaway -- your cookies are so charming.

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  68. I like Bakeaholic Mama on facebook.

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  69. I like King Arthur Flour on facebook

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  70. Soo cute! Can't wait to try some!

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