The kittens spend their pennies on flour, eggs, and more. Then they buy a bright red ribbon just before they leave the store.
While Mama Cat sleeps by the hearth, the kittens mix and stir…
They roll and cut and bake the hearts, with a happy “Purr, purr, purr.”
Soon Mama Cat wakes from her nap. She smells the yummy smell. “Happy, happy Valentine’s Day,” three little kittens yell.
-The Valentine Kittens, Stephanie St. Pierre
Sometimes it’s not the classics that stick with you, but these tiny little childrens books that you grew up with. Mom used to make the smallest holidays a big deal for us and we still have plastic heart cookie containers, cute chocolate tins, and books like this one, that we were given as gifts from year to year.
With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, remembering this book, I found it tucked away on a shelf. The recipe is from the back page of this book.
Cream together 1 cup butter and 2/3 cup sugar before beating in 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla essence. In another bowl, stir together 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp salt before adding in the wet mixture. Stir in a few drops of the food colouring. Roll into a ball, wrap in clingwrap and chill for a few hours.
Preheat oven to 175oC (350oF) and dust your work area with flour. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick and cut out shapes. To create the necklace, punch out little circles or slice holes into the cookie before baking. Line a baking tray with baking paper (parchment paper) and bake cookies for ~8 minutes.
Let cool on tray before lifting. String with ribbon.
*This book, published in January 1990, is no longer is print.
Gluten free shortbread cookies unfortunately don’t do well for this necklace idea. To keep their shape, they need to be baked in a set form (like heart pans) and cooled completely before moving. Or bake a sheet of gluten free shortbread, as the shortbread tends to melt together. Once out of the oven, take heart cookie cutters and punch out the shape while still warm. Leave to cool before lifting and presenting in a pretty box as a gift. Unfortunately due to their crumbling, punching holes into these gluten free cookies seems to be impossible. I did try!