It seemed odd to Saucy that last night after supper Loopy decided to make Valentine cookies to share with her friends at school. Being a junior in high school and all, Saucy thought the days of sending Valentines to the class were long gone. Apparently not. Loopy announced that she absolutely loves her history class and most of her good friends are in the class with her, so she just had to make cookies for them. Strangely enough Saucy agreed to the plan and the cookies were started at 9:00 at night.
It's a good thing the Wilton sugar cookie recipe is so quick and easy. It rolls out nicely (even the scraps) and one recipe yields about sixty medium-sized cookies like this. It was also a good thing that Saucy had pulled out the old tin heart-shaped cutter that came from Granny's house and put it on the window sill for a decoration this week. Everything was handy and ready to go.
At around 10:30, the cookies were laid out on a rack with the glaze and sprinkles applied to harden overnight. The glaze is super easy:
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar (it must be sifted)
1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
food colour to tint
Into the sugar, add the corn syrup, milk and vanilla. Whisk together - you may find it quite thick and adding more milk (in very tiny increments) will help thin it out. Beware, this glaze should come together without lumps but still appear quite thick and gloopy as you are adding the food colour. You will notice as you spread it over the surface of the cookie that it spreads out nicely if it is a bit on the thick side. Apply sprinkles or decorations immediately and then allow the glaze to harden - overnight is best.
In case you were wondering how The Cheerios fared over the weekend, they placed second! They were especially pleased with themselves because they were competing at a new level using newly acquired skills. Plus, the team that beat them previously competed at the level above, so it's not like it was an unfair match... but the other team had the advantage of years of experience at a higher level... so, you know. It was still a win for Team Cheerio. Don't they looked happy? They were!
Saucy is also happy to report that as expected, The Cheerios traveled well and were very ladylike and well behaved everywhere they went. They don't know it right now, but that's really the most important stuff Saucy wants them to take away from being on the team. It looks like one big dance and tumbling practice to them, but it's actually a lesson about life, friendship and being good sports.
And in that division, they're winning.