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Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines Day Cookies!

Saturday, Bryan and I celebrated our Valentines Day early with an all-day event!  We met some friends for bfast at Panera Bread at 9am.  Then headed out to .............(beware, this is totally random!)...the ZOO!  It was such a beautiful day to spend walking around outside!


We even saw a slouth!  (haha, the are so cute! and Kristen Bell would be proud)


After 4 hours of bird shows, sight seeing, and animal viewing, we went to our favorite spot for lunch- Howley's Diner.  Its an upscale local trendy diner in the heart of west palm beach that has been around for over a century.  We love that place and are NEVER disappointed!

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I ordered the egg white omelet, fresh fruit cup, and fresh baked rye toast with apple pie jam.  Bryan ordered his usual Philly Cheesesteak Sub with Sweet potato fries (and offered me two delicious bites!)

Today, I decided to do some Valentines baking for tomorrow night.  Bryan is taking me to dinner at Cheesecake Factory and I decided to out together a little care package for him ;-)

I found a few recipes for vegan, gluten-free sugar cookies so I combined a few inspirations and came up with the following delicious recipe:

Butterscotch Iced Gluten-free Sugar Cookies!

VALENTINE COOKIES
  

Read more about it at www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,161,134173-234202,00.html
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3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 + 1/8 cup organic sugar
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup banana

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat wet ingredients with an electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients.
Chill 1 hour
Roll dough, cut into heart shapes, no more than 1/2-inch thick. Decorate as desired by following one of the tips below or by using a tooth-pick, fork or other kitchen tool to create a design.
Bake 15-16 minutes or until edges turn brown. Cool 5 minutes and remove.

Decorating tips:
(via cooks.com)

You can create a design on top of the cookies using white or colored candy sprinkles. Or you could crimp the edges of heart, making a design using the tines of fork, or a knife, spatula or spoon. Sprinkle baked cookies with powdered sugar.
If you are an experienced baker, you may want to paint a design with a simple egg-yolk paint. Separate an egg; put the egg yolk in a small bowl and mix with 1/2 teaspoon water and enough red food coloring to make the desired sired shade of red. Using a clean paint brush, paint a design on cookie using the colored yolk. Or place a small doily on cookie and, using a clean, stiff brush, work the egg paint through the cutouts and create a lacy effect. Remember that this is all done before the cookies are baked.

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