Simple gifts from the heart, made with loving hands
speak volumes about how much we care.
These sugar cookies, vanilla bean-flecked, buttery and sugary,
embellished with hearts and lace, sparkles and loving words
say so much.
They’re not perfect, but they don’t need to be
to speak the fullness of my heart,
“I care for you, I love you, be mine.”
I’ve recently discovered an amazing place where I’ve been spending lots of time exploring a sweet and pretty world. It’s the blog Sweetopia, from which I’ve drawn the inspiration and some design elements for these cookies. Do visit there; I’m sure that, like me, you won’t want to leave!
I have much to learn and skills to perfect in the cookie decorating department, but I so enjoyed creating these Valentine’s sugar cookies. Making these gave me the sense of calm and peace that comes when I engage in a creative pursuit. This was my first attempt at cookie decorating, and I’m delighted with the results. I like to think that the imperfections are part of their charm.
It was also lovely to have my Little Miss at my side Sunday afternoon while I was applying the icing, trying to get the knack of outlining and flooding with royal icing. And yes, she was rewarded with a cookie with her initial in the middle for being Nana’s colour consultant when it came to selecting which icings to use.
This evening I had the pleasure of delivering these treats to my children and grandchildren. It was such a pleasure to see their faces light up when presented with a bag of pretty cookies, tied with a ribbon. What a lovely Valentine’s gift for me!