Recipe by Jessica Benbow
"These are a great substitute for children to take to school in lieu of Valentine's Day cards! Use a drinking straw to cut the holes in the pastry."
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2 1/2 cups
sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons
red food coloring
2 1/4 ounces
colored candy sprinkles
long red vine licorice
This idea Jessica, is just too sweet for words! I didn't pierce the hole until they were out of the oven, as the cookies were still nice and soft. Believe it or not, I made these for my teen to take to school and give out to her best buds. I packed the rest of the cookies that were not made into necklaces into a container so she could share them with her lunch table. A couple of heart shaped turkey sandwiches (using my cookie cutter) and a little "love note" made her day. This just proves that even the big kids get a kick out of these special touches. Thanks so much Jessica and Happy Valentines Day!
It may be because I am a busy mother of twins working full time but I found this recipe very time consuming. The cookies are good and look good but I don't think I will go into so much trouble next year. My 3 yrs old were very impressed and proudly brought them to daycare today as Valentine's Day presents.
This was easy and yummy. I made two batches for Valentines. On the second batch I added a pinch of salt to the wet ingredients and used only 3/4 tsp of baking powder (I could taste it with the full 1 tsp) I did not have any lemon zest and it came out fine without.
I also used a smaller heart cutter to make a heart 'window' in the cookie necklace on some, it was so cute :)
The cookies and frosting are absolutely delicious. The cookies may even be the best sugar/shortbread cookies that I have ever tasted. I will be making these cookies and frosting again and again. However, making the necklaces was very time consuming (adorable but time consuming). I could not find the long string licorice so I ended up having to tie 3 short strands together for each cookie which took a long time. The holes in the cookies also closed up but it was easy to open them using a pointed knife inserted in the back of the cookie and twisting gently. If you have a meyer lemon tree, you just have to make these cookies using the peel/zest from the meyer lemon. I still cannot believe how tasty these cookies are and I am not a fan of lemon cookies.
A wonderful sugar cookie recipe. I love the idea of maing it into a necklace to give to friends. I made this with my cooking 4-H club and they enjoyed it and had loads of fun! I omitted the frosting and added 10 drops of red food coloring to the dough.
So much fun to make! i used some ribbin. Came out great!
These cookies are great! I made these for my nephew's kindergarten class..and they loved them! These cookies are great becuase they're sturdy enough to be handled by little kids, yet still moist and flavorful! The only changes I made was I used orange extract in place of the lemon zest (I didn't have any), and they had just a nice subtle orange flavor. These cookies are a keeper!
These necklaces were so easy to make and my niece had a blast! For the frosting I used thick royal icing- worked out great. The cookies tasted good too- the kids and the adults were all happy- what a deal!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Valentine Heart Necklaces
Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 160
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