I have two uncles on my Italian side. The oldest one, Uncle Tonino passed away some years ago whereas my Uncle Franco is still alive and well. I wrote a post about the beautiful marriage with his wife here. Sunday lunches are always held at Uncle Franco's house. When Uncle Tonino was alive they used to alternate one Sunday at Uncle Tonino's and the other at Uncle Franco's. Obviously the wives have to do all the work but my other aunts pitch in and help as well. I mean I have 5 other aunts!
It's fun and it certainly keeps family close. It's an effort and a tradition that brings unity in the family. And at the end of day family is the most important thing, am I right?
Rustic Lemon Valentine's Day Cookies
- 2 medium sized organic lemons
- 350 grams of all purpose flour
- 150 grams of corn flour
- 2 eggs
- 150 grams of sugar
- 60 grams of corn oil
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of cold water
- pinch of salt
Grate the peel of the organic lemons and squeeze the juice of half a lemon that you will add to the dough.
Work together all of the ingredients in a mixer or by hand. You will find that the mixture is pretty dry so that is where you add the cold water to add some moisture.
Form a ball with the mixture making sure all of the ingredients are incorporated well and cover in plastic wrap leaving it in the fridge for about an hour.
Next thinly roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and begin cutting out the shapes you like.
I found these heart cookie cutters on clearance and thought they were so cute so I decided to use them in the different sizes.
I love these cookie cutters!
Then they got put on a tray in a preheated oven (200°C) for about 15 minutes. I had to watch them closely because of the different sized cookies. Obviously the smaller cookies baked in less time so I just removed them a minute or two sooner.
Then I made a batch of cookie glaze mixing confectioners sugar, a couple tablespoons of milk and some red food coloring.
Now the fun part...decorating. I haven't decorated cookies in a very long time so it was fun. I tried spreading the glaze on with a knife but to make life easier I just dipped each cookie in the glaze and I was done in no time.
Then I just topped with nonpareils and voila!
Valentine's Day Cookies!
I dedicate this post to my Niece who is joining our world today.
May God Bless You and Watch Over You Today and Always.
I Love You.