…when all through the house
not a creature was stirring
except my husband’s spouse…
Okay, so I’m not the best poet. But it is 12:24 am…so cut me some slack!
You see, I’ve been baking up a storm all evening for Valentine’s day. That day that everyone complains about, but somehow becomes really, really fun when you have kids! I really wanted to send something fun in their lunch boxes tomorrow, and somehow cutting their sandwiches into heart-shapes just didn’t seem like enough. Some little heart cookies would be just the thing.
So I perused some of my favorite blogs for a good vegan sugar cutout cookie recipe, and found this one from Mama Pea. I find that I keep going back to her recipes, as they seem to always turn out perfectly! I’ll be so excited once her first cookbook comes out.
This recipe requires chilling for half an hour. So, what would a normal, tired mom do at 10 o’clock in the evening while waiting for dough to chill for 30 minutes? Why, bake muffins, of course! What fun would Valentine’s day be if the kids had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? So I took Colleen Patrick Goudreau‘s blueberry-lemon muffin recipe and substituted beautiful, red raspberries for the blueberries.
Meanwhile, I half-heartedly caught up on an episode of Desperate Housewives between batches of heart cookies. And come to think of it, I only got through part of the episode…I think it’s still on pause in the living room.
I have to recommend this cookie recipe…with reservations. The cookies contain 100% whole wheat flour, and some applesauce. They are healthier than your average cut-out cookie. And they taste healthier, too. Which is not a bad thing. It’s just…these are great cookies to make for your family. You can feel pretty good about your kids eating these cookies. These just aren’t your “wow all your co-workers with how decadent vegan desserts can be!” kind of cookies. Fair enough?
I can hardly believe my oldest was only 4 years old when he made this plate at preschool. Now he’s a second grader! Where did the time go?
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!