love is in the air

recipe

In the form of yummy treats and Valentine’s Day decorations.

valentine

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here are some gift ideas for your honey:

1. This sweet pair of mugs from Barnes & Noble:

love mugs

2. Valentine’s Day Barbie.

valentine

Did you even know there was such a thing?

3.  How about this heart-shaped tea cup and saucer set?

tea cups

4.  This Rhinestone Heart Journal caught my eye as well.

rhinestone journal

5.  This book entitled, “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.”

great dates book

Looking back through the list, I guess it’s really more what your honey could get you because pretty much only women read this blog.  And I’m quite sure your man will not want a Valentine’s Day Barbie.  In that case, you could make cookies.

COOOOOKIES

Jam Rings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • JAM FILLING (ingredients & recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until combined. Halve the dough, shape into balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with 2-1/4-inch cutter and place half of them on baking sheet, spaced well apart. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out the centers of the remaining cookies and remove, then place the cookie rings on the other baking sheet, spaced well apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes, then brush the cookie rings with beaten egg white and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the jam filling, place 4 Tbsp. of softened butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread the filling over the whole cookies and top with a small amount of warmed jam (you'll need about 5 Tbsp. of seedless raspberry jam to have enough for every cookie). Place the cookie rings on top and press gently together.
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