A co-worker (and friend!) of mine got married today. It was an absolutely gorgeous day... 70+ degrees and sunny. I bet when they planned their wedding for JANUARY they never expected weather like this... not even in Texas. It was lovely and I am so happy for them.
Instead of having a wedding cake, Lindsey, a self-described "cookie monster", decided to have a cookie table. She asked anyone who was willing and able to bring cookies for her cookie table, which was available for snacking on during the reception. Then, as favors, the bride and groom provided take-home bags to fill up with cookies. How fun.
I decided to make these linzer-style cookies with heart cut-outs. A linzer cookie is basically a sandwich cookie with a cut-out on top so that you can see the filling. They are generally filled with jam, but I decided to use frosting... because who doesn't like frosting?
I used a basic sugar cookie recipe and a Wilton brand linzer cookie cutter I bought on sale after Christmas (here). It has 6 different shapes that you can switch out for the center cut-out. However, you don't need a special cutter. You could use a plain circle shape or a biscuit cutter, and then cut out a smaller shape in the center. I know I don't have itty bitty tiny cookie cutters like the heart shape in my baking supplies, but I do have some with my polymer clay supplies, so you might have to be creative, but it would work! I think it would be very cute for Valentine's day to cut a big heart shape as the sandwich and a smaller heart as the center cut-out.
I cheated and used a store-bought can of frosting for the filling, but you could use your favorite frosting recipe if you prefer. I split it and colored half of it pink and I think the cookies turned out just sweet. And they looked adorable on the table with all the other beautiful cookies at today's wedding. What fun.
All these hearts have gotten me in the a Valentine's Day frame of mind. I really want to make some fun Valentine's Day decorations for the house, but I don't quite know what to make. Any good suggestions?