Orange Scented Valentine Sugar Cookies

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Love is in the air.  The images
of heart shaped objects abound during this time of year.  Whether you walk into a department store or
your local drug store, you can’t help but be bombarded with the iconic symbol
of love – the heart.  My hubby always
calls Valentines Day, the hallmark holiday. 
It got me thinking, what is the actual origin of this multimillion
dollar holiday for retailers. Okay after reading here, I learned that it is
beyond an obsessive retail holiday but a real holiday.  I knew that deep down, but had to check

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Hubby and I have been consumed this season with watching what I
deem – “Love Movies” on the H
allmark Channel
They are a collection of new movies created for 2015 that simply make
you feel good.  In our world of negative
news, it is quite refreshing to watch a happy movie that warms your heart and
reveals the meaning of love.  Hubby and I
are romantics to the core.  We met years
ago on a blind date and by the third date, we knew we would be together
forever.  This September we will
celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary and he proposed just after
knowing each other for a little over five months.  Everyone would always say to me – “you will
know when it is the right person, you just know”.  It is hard to put into words, the “you just
know thing” – but I can vouch that it is true. I feel like the last 17 years simply flew by and I am excited about our continued journey – just want it to slow down just a bit. Each year gets better and better and I love him more each day.
I can’t believe that it will be seventeen years this year – it has
gone by way too fast.  When most of the
time, it is easy; that is the sign of a good marriage.  A few of the secrets to having a solid
marriage is having straightforward communication, respect for one another, being
supportive, trustworthy and keeping the romance alive.  In addition, doing nice things for one
another and spending quality time together.  Hubby loves to be nurtured and loves that I
bake for him.  Since the love holiday is
around the corner, I thought I would make some Orange Scented Valentine Sugar
Cookies for my darling hubby.  Our orange
tree is pretty loaded with these sweet gems and when I used the micro plane for
the zest, the scent permeated the kitchen. 
The addition of the orange was the perfect compliment and these cookies
simply delighted my hubby. 
Orange Scented Valentine Sugar Cookies

Makes 40 Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
Zest of one Orange

Beat the butter until softened, add sugar, egg,
flour, salt and vanilla extract, orange zest and mix until combined. Chill
dough for 1-2 hours. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface until it is 1/4-inch
thick. Use 2 inch heart shaped cookie cutters to cut out the dough and place the cookies 2-inches
apart onto cookie sheets lined with parchment or silpats.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 11 minutes or until edges are
light brown.
3 Cups Confectioners sugar
Use 3 medium size bowls. 
Place one cup of confectioner’s sugar in each bowl.  Add 4 teaspoon of orange juice to the first
bowl and 4 teaspoon of orange juice to the second bowl and 4 teaspoon of water
to the third bowl.  Use three different
spoons – one for each bowl.  Mix the
sugar and liquid in each bowl until really smooth.  The bowl with the water will be your white
icing.  Next add just a drop or two of
the red food coloring to the second bowl and mix to make a pink frosting.  For the third bowl add 6 to 7 drops of the
red food paste to make a dark red icing. 
You may need to add a bit more water to any of them to make smooth.

Lightly dip the top of each cooled cookie in the desired color
icing. Let the excess drip back into the bowl by gently shaking.  Lay on a cookie rack to dry.  Will take 3 to 4 hours to completely
dry.  Repeat until all cookies are iced.

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