If I had a top 5 favorite gift ideas I’ve ever done, this Easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Jar (with cookies) I’m about to share with you would be a contender.
I know ever is a really long time but I’m serious when I say how smitten I am with this little cookie jar.
It’s quite amazing how quickly a plain ole mason type jar can be transformed with a couple of vinyl hearts and some matching sugar cookies. Add a monogrammed tag and stick a fork in me, I’m done.
I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl hearts, but you could easily use an exacto knife and cut yourself some hearts. They’re selling vinyl at just about all the craft stores lately. I also used my Silhouette for the monogram (don’t look closely, my spacing is a little off) and while that would be a little harder, you could use a paint pen and free hand a monogram if you’re just dying to have a monogram. Or, heck just print one.
I am NOT a cookie decorator, but I have had decent success if I stick with polka dots. Therefore, I made polka dotted hearts for my Valentine treats. Every now and then, I’ll try to do something besides polka dots and I’m instantly reminded how untalented I am with cookie decorating. The patience is takes! Oh, my my my.
If I just stick with the same cookie recipe and some cookie icing that’s already made, or this royal icing mix, I’m usually good to go. Oh, and stick with the polka dots. It’s my own little recipe for success.
- ½ cup shortening
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cream the shortening, butter, and sugar together; stir in eggs and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until dough comes together.
- Turn dough out onto plastic wrap and refrigerate 6-8 hours or, preferably, overnight. Once dough is thoroughly chilled roll out about ⅙" thin on a lightly floured surface; cut cookies into desired shapes and place them onto an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or just until edges of cookies begin to brown; allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes; remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
- Depending on cookie cutter size will determine how many cookies. Small cutter like my mini heart will yield about 4 dozen cookies.
I even buy all the ribbon I come across with polka dots on it because I know that at some point, I can make matching cookies.
You’ll want to find yourself some mason jars without any labeling embossed on them for the hearts. I think I found these at Target.
Just stick them right on and poof, voila, you’re all done.
How cute are these little jars to give to your girlfriends, neighbors, or co-workers?! And let’s don’t even mention how stinkin adorable they would be as wedding shower favors. I do believe my heart just skipped a beat!
So, you only have a few days left to get your hottie some polka dottie cookies. Are you ready?!? You know you’re running out of time, right?