An upgrade to the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app for the iPad launched in the App Store. The upgrade is special for Valentine’s Day and includes 26 new Valentine’s Day cookie recipes!
The update features all of the app’s original content as well as:
*Limited-time holiday functionality will give users a surprise to be revealed on Valentine’s Day (I can’t wait to see!)
*26 tasty new recipes, like trend-setting Glitter Ball Cookies, kid-friendly Heart Sandwich Cookies and decadent Walnut Truffle Cookies, bringing the total recipe count to 75+ delicious cookie recipes
*The ability for users to send virtual cookies to their sweethearts
*More creative cookie packaging ideas with detailed instructions have also been added to give cookie gifts that special touch.
*Expanded search functionality makes it even easier to find the perfect cookie for any occasion
Not a bad deal for only $2.99 right?! But that’s not all as I would not leave you with no recipe! How about Children’s Hand Cookies?
Children’s Hand Cookies
Makes 8—10 cookies
A little hand can double as a pattern for making tasty rolled-and-cut sugar cookies for friends, teachers, neighbors, and grandparents. Older children can use their hand to outline the cookies, drawing around it on the dough with a skewer and using a knife tip to cut along the line. If your child can’t participate, make a pattern from a manila folder. Translucent parchment works well for the heart stencil; it will allow you to see the shape of the cookie through it.
FOR THE COOKIES
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup (1stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large whole egg plus 1 large egg white
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
1. Into a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap dough in plastic, and chill about 45 minutes.
2. Make cookie pattern and heart stencil while wrapped dough is chilling. For the pattern, have your child trace his or her hand on a manila file folder, and cut out the tracing. You will lay this on the dough and trace around it with the tip of a paring knife. For the heart stencil, cut a heart shape from a piece of parchment paper, discarding center.
3. Preheat oven to 325°. On a well-floured work surface, roll out cold dough to â…› inch thickness. Cut out hand shapes. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Dough scraps may be rerolled twice.
4. To decorate the cookies, lay the heart stencil over a cookie. Combine the egg white with the water in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash in the heart, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Lift stencil and repeat with remaining cookies. Bake until edges just begin to brown lightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container between layers of parchment up to 1 week.
Cookie Hand Envelopes
A child’s original artwork makes a fitting gift tag for rolled-and-cut sugar cookies formed from little hands.
Instructions: Cut a piece of colored glassine to fit each wax-paper bag (use pinking shears for a decorative edge, if desired). Slide artwork and glassine, back-to-back, into bag, with artwork facing front. Fill with one cookie per bag. Fold down top, and punch two holes near fold; tie shut with ribbon.
Recipe and packaging courtesy of the Martha Stewart Makes Cookie app available in the App Store