This past Christmas, my brother-in-law gave me a cookie letter stamp. At first I thought, what the hell am I going to do with this? But then I got playing with it and a lightbulb went off in my head. I like to bake. And I’m an author. That means I’m a frickin’ Shakespeare when it comes to words. So how perfect is a cookie letter stamp for a baking wordsmith like me? Needless to say, my brother-in-law’s gift is now one of my all-time favourites, excluding my McDonald’s playset.
For Valentine’s Day, I made some cookies using the press. Some of these messages are tricky to read because they go all the way around the cookie, but consider it a good brain stimulant, like one of those Sussudio puzzles people do on the subway.
Here’s the press. I’m going to lose half of these letters by next Christmas. Mark my words.
It’s a bit tricky using the press because spelling is importent. Also, everything has to be spelled backwards. It’s tough for spatially-challenged people like myself.
I used Nigella Lawson’s sugar cookie recipe as it’s the best one I’ve come across. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut circles.
Apply some light pressure using the press.
And presto! You’ll have a message in a cookie. Which is, like, a lot tastier than a message in a bottle.
Chill your cookies for about 30 minutes before putting them in the oven. That way, the letters hold their shape better.
Here are the Valentine's Day message cookies I made.
This is my Italian father-in-law's favourite saying, besides, "You want some Limoncello?"
I've been on the receiving end of this message more times than I'd care to admit.
It's never an easy thing to say. But Brillo pads are for dishes.
A little sprinkle of Gold Bond Medicated Powder usually helps. Or Febreze.
Sometimes, you have to aim Cupid's arrow a little lower.
It's always best to clarify. Trust me.
When there's not enough blush wine in the world.
Whether you're in a relationship with someone else or with yourself, have a great - and tasty - Valentine's Day, everyone.