First a little history about Valentine’s Day…. Did you know that Valentine’s Day has been around since the year 496! Well it has.  One  saying goes that Emperor Claudius II banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers.  Priest Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.  When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.  There he fell in love with the Jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on the l4th day of February, he sent her a love letter and signed “From your Valentine”.. There began Valentines Day.  Now there are several stories about how Valentine’s Day started, this is just one of them.

Let’s make some luscious Valentine’s day cookies.  The first one is an old recipe and looks yummy.  The second one is real easy and tasty too.  It came from the author’s mother in law years ago.

Dawn’s Easy Red Velvet Whoopies


Whoopie Pies” Ingredients: 1 box of red velvet cake mix, 2 eggs slightly beaten, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 Tablespoon Bourbon

Icing: One 8 ounce package cream cheese softened, 1/4 cup butter softened, 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup flaked coconut, 4 cups confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Directions: Preheat oven to 375* degrees. Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil and bourbon in a large bowl. Roll the dough  into balls size of walnuts, Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets… Bake in preheated oven until tops start to crack, about 8 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack…

Icing:  In a large bowl combine cream cheese, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla and coconut. Add the confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well with each addition.  If consistency too stiff, add more milk.  Place the chopped pecans in a bowl… Spread a generous amount of icing on the bottom cookie, and sandwich it with another cookie, pressing firmly so that the icing comes all the way out to the edge.  Roll the edges of the sandwich cookies in the chopped pecans.  Repeat with remaining cookies. Have Fun!!

#2  RASBERRY ALMOND KISS COOKIES:  So easy and tasty too.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter softened,1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg,1 teaspoon almond extract, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup white sugar decoration, 40 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped, 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1 Tablespoon milk, 4 teaspoons raspberry jam, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Directions: In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, 1/2 cup white sugar and brown sugar until smooth, blend in the egg and 1 teaspoon almond extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least one hour, or until easy to handle.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls, roll the balls in the remaining white sugar and place them 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. While hot from the over, immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each one.  Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.  In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners sugar, milk, raspberry jam and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract until smooth.  Drizzle over  cooled cookies.  Enjoy!!!!!!




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