When I was little and we lived out in the country, my parents leaving me to babysit meant that I would have at least an hour and a half at home without them. Usually more. So I always waited till then to bake cookies. I could make a HUGE mess and still have it all cleaned up by the time they got home. This is when I would make sugar cookies! I always loved sugar cookies, mostly because it’s just a way to eat icing… But as I started baking different kinds of cookies around Christmas, I stopped finding the time to make sugar cookies. This year, instead of trying to squeeze it into my Christmas tradition list, I decided to move it to February and start a Valentine’s Day tradition!
Valentine’s Day is very laid back for us. Kevin and I hang out in our sweat pants and make spaghetti carbonara together! We started this tradition in college since I love pasta and he loves bacon, and we missed it when we tried to do the whole steak dinner scene. I wanted to start another special tradition as a family, or at least something my daughters and I enjoy doing together, so I thought decorating Valentine’s day sugar cookies might make for the perfect addition to our tradition list. It’s not that I want to make a big deal out of a Hallmark holiday. I just like having something to look forward to in the cold of winter with my girls. And plus, why should Christmas hog all the baking glory?! Our favorite traditions tend to revolve around food, so it only seems appropriate to spread out the baking love!
By the way, like I said, I’m not one really for the cookie part of the sugar cookies… It’s just an acceptable way to eat a boatload of icing, but I actually really liked this gluten free sugar cookie recipe!