Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hugs & Kisses

Well look at this. I have actually managed to post a recipe before the “holiday” is even here. Are you shocked? I am. My friends were even more shocked when I presented them with their gift and announced “Happy Valentine’s Day”! ( Feb. 8) The idea of “hugs & kisses” is originally from the Martha Stewart Magazine (Feb. 2005). In the magazine she used an “x” cookie cutter and an “o” cookie cutter to make the “hugs & kisses”. I paid a visit to my local baking supply store looking for the said letters when I came across the perfect cutter. A cookie cutter that had merged together the x & o. Perfection.

After purchasing my cookie cutter, I made a quick stop at my craft store for ribbon and paper roses. I have to admit, that gift wrapping my cookies was the best part of the whole process. But enough about gift wrapping, let us move on to the baking!

The vanilla cookies are plain old sugar cookies with sanding sugar. Don’t get me wrong they taste fantastic. The thing is, everyone has their own favorite personal sugar cookie recipe that they love to use. So, go right ahead and use your own recipe if you like. The chocolate recipe was delicious! The one and only down side was, that it was hard to work with. The cookies “cut-out” best when the dough is cold. And I was constantly rolling and refrigerating it. I spent way too much time trying to cut-out the chocolate cookies.

In the end cookies were worth all the extra effort and hard work. Especially when my friends realized that I had gift wrapped “hugs & kisses” for them.

19 comments:

Megan said...

Love the cookies and you know, Its all in the presentation!!!
Wrapped hugs and kisses couldn't get any better.

Katie said...

They look fantastic and the way your have presented them is wonderful. That little extra touch really shows you care. What a great find that cookie cutter was. I love the idea of giving 'hugs and kisses' you have some very lucky friends.

slush said...

They are adorable! Thanks for the idea, I may use it if I am called to be a "Party Mom" on Thursday.

Annemarie said...

I love how this looks - from the cookie cutter down to the packaging. Happy valentines indeed!

Karen said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Cakespy said...

SO freakin' cute!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

way cute!

Sarah said...

These are so great! I'm just making plain ol' cookies for Valentine's Day, but I'm sure my friends won't mind. Your friends must have LOVED this present!

Deborah said...

What a wonderful Valentine's gift!!

Kevin said...

The xo cookies look good! Nice presentation.

Brilynn said...

Those are so sweet!

Hearts and Crafts said...

Those are adorable! I have been dying to find a simple yet cute cookie to make for V-Day!

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a fantastic idea! It looks beautiful and delicious!

Miri said...

Gigi, those are beautiful beautiful cookies, your friends are so lucky! And the cutter is just genius!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

The cookies are so cute and the presentation is just gorgeous. Good job!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Perfect!

Judy said...

OMG, I love this idea! So perfect for Vday!

eatme_delicious said...

What a wonderful gift! Love the packaging too. I need to figure out better ways to package cookies for people.

prettybaker said...

I love those XO cookies!!!!! They are wonderful.
Happy belated valentines day.
I have just tagged you on my blog and hope you play along.
Rules are on my blog - hope to see you there.