Happy Valentines Day Sugar Cookies

Sugar and Spice and everything nice!  That's what we are ALL made of!  Well -- at least I'd like to think so! Happy Valentines Day to you and to your loved ones.  Naturally, Valentines Day is for couples.  But, that quickly changes after you have children.  Then the special day is all about the fun crafts and goodies you can put together for your kids, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa.

And one way to please EVERYONE is with Sugar Cookies.  Plus it's something the whole family can help with.  Mom puts the ingredients together, the kids stir and make a mess.  Mom rolls out the dough and the kids place the cookie cutters.

Mom cleans up... and Dad... well he eats them!

            1 1/2 cups butter, softened
            2 cups white sugar
            4 eggs
            1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            5 cups all-purpose flour
            2 teaspoons baking powder
            1 teaspoon salt

1. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, chill dough for at least 1 hour (or overnight).

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

3. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 
Cut into shapes with cookie cutter. 
Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

I cheat a little with the icing and use the ready made icing from the grocery store.  To make the swirls, outline the heart with white and then red and use a toothpick to swirl together!  Enjoy!

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