Celeste's Kitchen PNW: Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

My best friend Marcy Smith, from Draper Utah, used to bring all of her friends a large, soft heart-shaped sugar cookie every Valentine’s Day. Her mom would make them with white butter cream and pipe our names on them with pink buttercream and border with decorative piping.

This is one of my favorite memories from Valentine’s Day! 

When I was 22 years old living in Salt Lake with my first baby, I called Mrs. Smith and asked her for her recipe. I shared with her that all of those years later, it still meant so much. From that Valentine’s Day on, for more than 25 years, I’ve made these exact cookies and decorated them the same way. 

I’ve lived away from my family for the past 21 years and have sent valentines packages all over the country for family and friends. It has become a tradition that I look forward to. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday, and this tradition is a big part of why I love this time of year so much. 

I found out in 2017 from a second cousin that my Great Grandma Sampson used to make and send valentines cookies to all of her grandchildren. It was so touching to think that I was carrying the tradition on without even realizing it. 

My daughter, Kennedy, even started her own sugar cookie company, making and selling them out of my shop — Nye Beach Market — when she was 11 years old. This recipe has been passed down and remains a favorite tradition for my whole family and friends scattered everywhere. 

“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” — Julia Child


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