So, here is the recipe:
1 cup butter (I use margarine or half butter & half margarine)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
In large mixing bowl blend butter and sugar until creamed. Add in egg and vanilla and blend well. Add dry ingredients and mix (with mixer or by hand) until well blended.
Take about 1/4 of the dough and roll out on a floured board. Cut with cookie cutters of your choice. Repeat with remaining dough. I like to gather the used dough and replenish a little at a time with the fresh dough. That way the dough doesn't get too stiff from the flour added on the board. Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees approximately 10 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet and let cool.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share with you one more Valentine themed idea; a felt shaped heart ornament...
1. Red felt
3. White crochet thread
4. White embroidery floss (or substitute similar thread)
5. Sharp needle/crochet hook/ beads are optional
I found the pattern for this lovely little crocheted heart at Teresa's blog. She was gracious to share such a beautiful pattern on her website. For the felt heart, I just cut out the heart shape free hand and stitched the crocheted heart to one side of the felt heart. I did a blanket stitch around the outer edge and filled with stuffing (before sewing up the outside). You can add beads or other embellishments as you wish. It took me about 45 minutes to make one of these.
To all my dear friends and readers, I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day. As for me and my beloved husband, we will be staying home that day. We'll probably celebrate the day before as I dislike the crowds and hiked up restaurant prices that occur on this holiday.