happy anna howard shaw day!
or valentine’s day as most people call it.
is it just me or is the term “v-day” weird? i’ve gotten a lot of “happy v-day” greetings today (mostly from the male gender) but i think it’s a weird thing to say.
i baked cookies last night to hand out at work today. i picked hearts because, well, duh. i made lemon sugar cookies with lemon buttercream frosting because a family friend gave me lemons for my birthday. when life gives you lemons…
i’m pretty happy with how they turned out. if i had more time i would have done royal icing instead, but i think buttercream tastes better.
lemon sugar cookies with lemon buttercream frosting
lemon sugar cookies
(based off of allrecipes.com)
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1. in a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
2. add eggs and vanilla and beat together.
3. add flour (carefully, with the mixer it goes everywhere), baking powder, and salt, and mix.
4. zest the lemon into the mixing bowl. cut lemon in half and add the juice of the entire lemon.
5. put dough in gallon ziplock bag and chill overnight (or for an hour at least).
6. preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
7. roll out dough on floured surface (continue to add flour as you roll, that dough sticks like crazy).
8. cut dough into shapes with cookie cutter. add to ungreased cookie sheet. (note: i put mine on a baking mat)
9. bake 7-8 minutes.
10. cool completely.
lemon buttercream frosting (based off of food.com)
1/2 cup butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1. in a large mixing bowl, beat the butter.
2. add the powdered sugar, gradually (or else it will go everywhere like the flour).
3. cut the lemons in half and add the juice.
4. mix until desired texture. if you want the frosting runny, add more lemon juice.