Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet romance valentines

Did you know I collect vintage valentines?  

I adore the forget me nots, roses, clever poems, and general sweetness factor.  Today's valentine cookies are actually healthy.  In fact, these little dolls are gluten free, reduced fat, and sweetened with raw honey - and with rather lovely results.  I haven't forgotten about my little diet detox/bootcamp workout/gluten and refined sugar abstinence hell.  Nope, haven't forgotten at all.  

 I will share the recipe at the end of the post, but first I will share my ideas for valentine's day gifting COOKIE STYLE.

  You can't go wrong with flowers.  Ever.  And I adore the looks and sentiment of forget me nots.

I can't think of anything more romantic to wear than pearls and lace.

OK, I am just going to toot my own horn here.  These are my favorite cookies that I have ever done.  Teeny tiny little minute icing tips made this happen.  And I love the pearl dragees around the edges.

The little honeycomb pattern isn't that difficult to do once you get the rhythm of it down.  I would love to make these for Drew and Genevieve's wedding, but I am not sure how I feel about making these in large quantities.

Can you say carpal tunnel?

Let's move on to chocolate.  The universal aphrodisiac - for women at least.  

And in a French vintage font.  Ooh la la!

And speaking of French, they also bring us the most romantic fragrances.  Ooh la la again.

Even cheap-o scents are glorious in an atomizer bottle.  

And here is a valentine gift from me to you.   A recipe for honey oat sugar cookies.  'Cause I like you all.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg plus 1 yolk
2 tsp.vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla butter emulsion
3 cups oat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream together butter and pumpkin.  Add in honey and combine as well as you can.  Add in eggs and extracts.  Sift together dry ingredients and slowly add into wet mixture.  Chill.  Roll out, cut into shapes, and bake for 6 - 8 minutes.

These cookies are dense, sweet, and you don't taste the pumpkin at all.  If you don't like pumpkin, that's a good thing.  If you do like pumpkin, then you are out of luck (sorry).  I liked them VERY much!  

Oh, and my tight jeans are comfy, I have tons of energy, and I feel great!  And I am getting used to kale chips and green smoothies.

I am going to be participating in The Doll House Bake Shoppe's virtual valentine's day party!!!  Sunday Feb. 5th

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  1. I do intricate beading but I don't think I could do these. They are so beautiful, I'd hate to eat them! Laura

  2. These are all so beautiful! Yes, I will be your Valentine if it includes cookies :) I would love if you would stop by my party and share these gorgeous pieces of artwork! I need to try some of your new recipes!

  3. All I can say! I love the sound of this recipe and I will try it. Just won't decorate mine :) xo (I need to buckle down with my diet, I've been coasting along)

  4. Works of art, truly.

    Do you have a shop? I would drive for these absolutely.

  5. I found you on both Feathered Nest Friday and My Romantic Home. And I'm so glad I came. I LOVE your beautiful cookies. Those white filligree ones are literally a work of art. Amazingly beautiful. When I was in my 20's and 30's I did alot of cake decorating but too had carpel tunnel problems and had to have surgery on both hands. The doctor was incredible. You can not see the scars to this day. I told him he should belong to a quilting society. But it really put a damper on doing the piping that I did. I do some today and feel it is a real expression of yourself. That is what I see in these gorgeous creations that you made. I am so delighted I found you. I'm going to follow you. Am so looking forward to your future posts.


  6. I am swooning over all these cookies...especially the white ones....Oh my goodness!!!

    Thank you for the recipe. I am going to get my husband to try it!


  7. I am amazed by the beauty of your cookies! You are so talented. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, and especially because it is healthy. Happy Pink Saturday from your newest follower. ~Marti

  8. I am completely in awe of these Lisa. I agree, these are some of the best I have seen...ever...from anyone. You have to be proud! You go girl!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous. The designs are so intricate and lovely. Happy Pink Sat!

  10. Wow!!!!!! I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Happy Pink Saturday! Hugs. P.S. I hope you will stop by and say hello and enter my Pink Poodle giveaway :-)

  11. You got to the real heart of the matter. The way to any ones heart is through the stomach.

  12. These cookies are heartbreakingly beautiful!! I absolutely agree about the forget-me-nots and pearls and lace. Your own creations are gorgeous and thank you for the recipe. And congrats on the jeans thing! I'm your newest follower, I love your inspiration!

  13. Hearty and swwet! Happy Pink Saturday.

    My PINK is here. Please come and see.

    PS.. I am now your blog's follower.

  14. OK, here I am reading your post and looking at your marvelous photos. I'm thinking to myself, she's done some amazing cookies but I think these are my favorites - only to read that these are your favorites too! LOL!

    Thanks so much for bringing your post to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Oh my goodness, what beautiful works of art! Your cookies are ALMOST too pretty to eat, but I sure would love to share one with you. Thanks for posting the recipe for the cookies.

  16. Beautiful and thank's for sharing the recipe:)

    Visiting for Pink Saturday! Here's my share- hope you cans top by:)

  17. Visiting from Seasonal Sunday, and so glad I did. Your cookies are works of art! Great job!

  18. These are the most elegant looking cookies I have ever seen. Wow, you are so talented and I'm glad I popped over from Trisha's.

  19. You must have a steady hand, I love your cookies, too pretty to be eaten.

  20. Love your beautiful cookies! Going to make some! Thanks for sharing joann

  21. omg yum! visiting via french country cottage.

    would love to have you stop over to my kate spade giveaway!



  22. Hi Lisa,
    I saw your lace cookies at Trisha and they immediately catched my eyes. Whow, they are soooo pretty. Perfect for a wedding, I think. The Forget-me-not cookies are also just beautiful. Oh my, I would love to make them. I saved the recipe for sometimes! You are fill of good ideas, as I saw. I will be a new reader to your blog.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  23. Congrats! These gorgeous cookies are being featured this week at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

  24. So sweet & cute!!Saw these from Mrs.Fox sweet Party!!Would like to invite you to link this with Decorating Challenge-Royal Icing
    Midweek Fiesta

  25. Came here from Food Corner. These cookies are absolutely stunning. The Henna Art design steals the show. Love your creations.
    Love Ash.

  26. of source you are selling this for lots and lots of money...right? they are works of art!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

  27. Your cookie designs are really beautiful.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings