Don’t have Cupid’s bow and arrows handy? Try using these Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day instead!
Valentine’s Day is a strange holiday. I get it. But there’s something refreshing about all of the brightly colored red roses and decorations in the middle of winter. While modern Valentine’s celebrations center around roses, chocolates and cards, the holiday actually dates back to the Roman empire. Valentinus was a bishop in the mid 3rd-century who was caught marrying Christian couples at a time when aiding Christians was forbidden by the Roman emperor Claudius. He was put to death for these actions, but it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that his name became associated with the holiday. Sorry for the history lesson…I’m just completely fascinated by Roman history!
Speaking of Roman history, I took Latin throughout middle and high school. In my senior year, I took Latin IV, and our teacher gave us all nicknames from Roman and Greek mythology. For all of our Latin Club events, we’d dress in character. Fun, right? Well, unfortunately I didn’t end up as someone cool like Zeus or Poseidon. Nope, I ended up as Cupid. Seriously?
Can you picture being a guy in high school and ending up with Cupid as your Latin nickname for the year? But I wasn’t one to be deterred. I owned my role as Cupid! I had a white toga with red stripes down the side. But the best part is that I went and got a Nerf crossbow set. A little white and red spray paint later, and I had a weapon fit for a god! I think my Mom still has that Cupid’s Crossbow somewhere in her garage. I might need to bring that back with me soon. I’ve got plenty of matchmaking skills still left in me!
A couple of days ago, I was in the grocery store and noticed the Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies. You know the ones I’m talking about right? The thick cake-like cookies with frosting and sprinkles. They show up for all of the big holidays…and I kinda enjoy them…a lot. Since I love to bake, I decided I needed to try making my own version of these frosted soft sugar cookies at home. And they turned out awesome!
I did pick up a couple of tips from my attempts at making these cookies. First, make sure to refrigerate the dough. This dough is super sticky, and refrigerating makes it a little easier to roll out. You will still need to flour the countertop generously, but the cold dough is easier to work with. Also, make sure to roll the dough out to about 1/4″. I made some of these cookies a little thicker (partially by mistake but also partially out of curiosity), and the flavor is just off. They taste more like a floury biscuit with frosting on top. Not bad…but also not what you’re looking for when you reach for a cookie. Oh, and these cookies will taste better several hours (or even the next day) after being baked. The powdered sugar in the frosting is a bit sharp for my tastes when first made…but it’ll taste better after it sits.
We took these cookies with us to the curling club, and they disappeared quickly. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! As for me, I’m off to find my Cupid Crossbow. I’ve got some people to shoot…uh, I mean matchmaking to do!