Its that can’t eat cant sleep reach for the stars over the moon world series kind of thing - love.
It’s that feeling that has you smiling for no particular reason, but you know – you still want to be doing it no matter how silly you may look.
It’s pretty major stuff – - I kind of like it.
While we have this whole love thing on the table – shall we discuss valentines day?
I think it’s pretty cool to celebrate love.
Love your friends
Love your family
Love your pets
Love, the love of your life
Love your life.
See … it’s a good thing.
But this whole valentines day thing? …. mmmm I’m not really buying it
I’m not buying the celebrate love for one day shin-dig… what’s wrong with today?
As soon as you finish reading this, tell the first person you see – you love them.
Celebrate love everyday
Plus, valentines day has gotten SO SUPER expensive.
Flowers – chocolate – sparkly things – dinner
Gentlemen – - let me let you in on a little secret to score some major points with the ladies.
Buy her flowers and chocolate any day but valentines day.
Don’t be shocked – - in fact, go out and buy that special someone flowers today (yes, before valentines day)
I’m saving you some moo-lah and you could always say it’s a pre-valentines day gift
She’ll say it’s cute and you’ll get some…
MAJOR COOL POINTS!!
Then, on the actual day …
make that lucky lady cookies, write her a cute note, pack her a PBJ sammie for lunch.
Simple is often better.
Home made is the best.
Try it and I know you’ll be thankful, but no need to say thank you.
I got your back boys, I got’chor back!! (that may have been my attempt to act cool… fail )
Let me just get back to what I know …
You Got Me Seein’ Stars Linzer Cookies
2 Cups Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tbsp Almond Extract
2 Cups Ground Almonds
4 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Strawberry Jam ( feel free to use any flavour, your heart desires ;))
2 Cups icing sugar + 1 cup to dust on your cookies
1 Tsp Cinnamon
In a standing mixer, or using a hand mixer – cream together butter, sugar , 2 cups icing sugar.
Add baking powder, salt, almond extract and cinnamon.
Mix that happiness and then, add your eggs.
Next, add your flour, in 3 parts – mixing well after each addition.
Last – add the ground almonds.
Mix Mix Mix.
Now, cover with parchment paper and allow to chill at least 45 minutes (over night works well too :)).
Preheat oven to 350 oc, and lightly spray two sets of cookie sheets.
Once your dough is chilled, remove dough from the refrigerator and divide into 2 parts.
Take 1 half and roll into a 1 inch thick sheet. Using a circular cookie cutter – - cut into circles. Be sure to keep track of exactly how many circles you have. These will act as the bottom layer of your cookie sammie.
Using the other half of the dough, cut the exact same amount of circles – - except this time, using a smaller cookie cutter (in this case – a star) cut out your shape in the middle of the circle. These will then be used as the top of your cookie sandwich.
Bake both sets of cookies for 10 minuets.
Allow to cool.
Taking your cookie hats - – the cookies with the stars, lay in a single layer on a long sheet of parchment paper. Carefully, dust with icing sugar.
Now for the bottoms. Taking your cookie bottoms, slater a generous portion of strawberry jam on each cookie.
Last, cover each bottom with a hat.
Be sweet kiddies