It’s Valentines Day!
Do you celebrate?
The kids always have a school party, so we always do the class valentines and the valentine box.
In the past, I’ve done the bulk of the work, but this year, I decided to let it go! My boys are very creative and capable and I decided to let them go for it! We had our 4th snow day in 2 weeks, so I gave them cardboard boxes, tin foil, tape and told them to have at it and let me know if they needed help!
5 rolls of tape, 4 boxes, and 1 roll of tin foil later, they were done (with very little adult assistance needed) and they did an amazing job!
For my part, I usually get the boys some chocolates and make heart pancakes for lunch (or in this case the night before since tomorrow is a school day). Then I make steak for dinner, because steak is Hubs’ favorite and it’s a real treat in the winter since steak is usually a summer grilling treat (I know some people grill year round, but our grill is literally buried in a snowbank and it’s been weeks since we’ve seen temps above zero, so, ummm, no).
Anyhow, I also like to make a fun Valentines inspired treat! Back at Christmastime, I spotted a recipe for homemade Biscoff cookies with cute stamped lettering. I ran out of time at Christmas, so I shelved them until now.
These cookies are essentially shortbread cookies (no egg!) The cookies held up very nicely to stamping, only spreading a little.
Plus, the spicy, buttery cookies are absolutely amazing! When my kids asked what they were, I told them there were homemade “airplane cookies” (they are completely unaware of the Biscoff name). Spud looked at my right away and said, “Mom, these are way better than airplane cookies.”
And he’s totally right! I had fun stamping valentine messages on the cookies, later adding “I wuv you” for Hubs (a Futurama reference) and “I Lava You” for Spud (a Pixar reference)! Have I ever mentioned how much I love my nerdy family? So fun!
Homemade Biscoff Cookies
Recipe from Cupcake Project
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
Place the butter and sugars in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Add the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir on low until the mixture is combined and holds together.
Pour the dough out onto a flour dusted work surface. Roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Use letter stamps to write messages, if desired.
Bake for 13-16 minutes of until the cookies are just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven. Cool on trays for 5 minutes, then move to wire racks to cool completely.