UPDATE: I am reposting this for upcoming Valentine's Day! Apparently a heart cookie cutter will make all your Valentine's dreams come true. ;)
Man, our family has been HIT with viral winter illesses! It's been over a month, and someone is always sick. As of today, I am getting better and it's back to Jeff...who started us off in January! Anyways, I was the one sickly on Valentine's Day. I felt bad for not wanting to do anything. But I did conjure up a few treats that day.
I remember making and cutting out these heart ham sandwiches while feeling super crappy. But I was determined to make a "special" lunch. Plain old ham sandwiches, huh. Thank you cookie cutters!
Then on a whim I did this artistic display of fruit. Thank goodness for allergy-free Hershey syrup. It was the only chocolate my boys got on Valentine's Day. Again, pathetic. Although, Miles absolutely loved this fruit plate. He's asked for it again since then. I remember crashing on the couch after I served this to the boys. Heart sandwiches, fruit plate, fever...exhausting!
Then a couple days later in the week, I started to feel better...and guilty that our Valentine's Day had been so pathetic. So out came the cookie cutters for a few more fun treats. It was officially Valentine's WEEK.
I decided to try our Auntie Anne's pretzels again...this time in my new KitchenAid, woohoo! As you can see in the recipe post, I got lazier and lazier with making actual pretzel shapes. It was much easier to just flatten the dough with my hand and cut it into heart shapes, ha, ha! I'm gonna have to remember that next time...even easier than rolling into bite size balls. I made kosher salt and cinnamon sugar versions. Here is one of each.
Note, both times I have made these the dough did NOT rise to double the size before baking. Both times I just gave up waiting and baked them anyways. And both times they puffed up nicely in the oven. So if you try these, don't be too discouraged with the rising process.
I was also inspired by Speedbumpkitchen's sugar cookie recipe so I made these too. I made her homemade icing, but still used the sprinkles from the lid of of the Pillsbury tub. We have always had good luck with those sprinkles, thank goodness. My boys love their sprinkles! The icing was yummo, but Pillsbury is a lot easier to spread, LOL.
And if you haven't already, please read the post earlier than this one. We need to encourage a fellow allergy mamma!