Valentine Vignettes and Cookies

Last night, I finished the arduous task of Fall Quilt Festival faculty and curriculum selection. The file boxes are parked by the back door waiting for my husband to load them in my car to take to the Quilts, Inc. office tomorrow. My faithful assistants, Kim and Jill, will take them from there to get out the contracts this week.

Files to office

Files Ready to Go to Office

So today is my day to invite you in for a visit. I’ve baked heart-shaped sugar cookies and decorated our home with multiple Valentine vignettes just for you. Want to come in?



This morning, after going to my much loved and needed yoga class, I came home and started right in to make cookies for our visit. I turned on the Love Channel on our XM Satellite Radio, lit a vetiver and shaved vanilla soy candle, and got out all the ingredients.

gather all ingredients

All Ingredients Ready

The recipe I use is one I have had since early marriage and have given to many friends. There are a few things I do differently than most sugar cookie recipes. I’ll tell you about those as I make the cookies along with the recipe.

Grammy’s Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup margarine or butter, 2 cups sugar, 2 whole eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon vanilla

Cream together margarine or butter and sugar.

Blend in eggs.

Sift together the salt, baking powder, and flour.  Then, gradually add to the mixture.

Add vanilla to mixture and beat until smooth.

dough in mixer

Mix Dough Until Smooth

Do not refrigerate dough. Divide into 3 parts. Roll one part at a time. Put left-over dough from each rolling all together for fourth and last part.

Flour pastry cloth and sock by rolling pin on floured cloth. Take one part of dough and turn over a few times on cloth to coat with flour.

Dough part

Turn Dough on Floured Cloth

Roll out 1/8″ thick on pastry cloth. Each time, you take another part of dough to roll out, you need to flour the pastry cloth again.

At Christmas, a friend of mine wanted to make my sugar cookie recipe, but she was stumped when I told her to use a pastry cloth and a sock on the rolling pin. She searched the internet and found these items.

I’ve had mine since I was married many years ago. I’d since worn out the sock, but used the top of one of my husband’s tube socks…washed of course. Now I have a new pastry sock thanks to Willie. She bought a set for me when she got hers. I use the pastry sock, but still using the old pastry cloth as it hasn’t worn out yet. I also roll out pie dough using the pastry sock and cloth. Wash and dry these by machine after each use before putting away.

When dough is rolled out, cut with cookie cutters. If the dough does not come up with the cutter, use a spatula to lift it off the pastry cloth.


Use spatula to Remove from Pastry Cloth

Place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar.

sprinkle cookies with sugar

Sprinkle Cookies with Sugar

I have a large assortment of heart-shaped cookie cutters and can’t begin to use them all each time I make Valentine cookies. I have a friend who loves these cookies and likes nothing better than to receive them at Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Recently her sugar intake has been cut back drastically, so she loves the little cookies that are just bite size. Then, she’s able to still have bits of sugar cookies. So all sizes come in handy.

cookie cutter assortment

Heart-shaped Cookie Cutters

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I find I have better luck if I bake only one cookie sheet in the oven at a time. Cool single layer on waxed paper. I bake different sizes on a single cookie sheet because some friends and family like their cookies cooked crispy while others prefer theirs barely brown. This way everyone is happy and that’s a good thing.

bake and cool on waxed paper

Crispy or Barely Browned

Cookies are finished, and tea is ready. Would you come for tea now?

cookies ready for tea

Please come for tea.

Now would you like to see the Valentine vignettes I did for you? As the quote goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Valentines at window

At My Kitchen Window

round of hearts

Hearts with Covered Basket

table runner

Table Runner on Coffee Table

Friendship Heart quilt

Friendship Heart Quilt

vignette on entrance table

Table in Entrance

vignette 4

Valentine Collage


Handmade Valentine

Vignette 3

Vintage Valentine Hankies

Vignette 2

Things for Little Hands to Touch

vignette one

Vignette with Granddaughter Pictures

hanging heart sample on chair in entrance

Hanging hearts can also be pillows on chairs

Happy February and Valentine’s Day from my home to yours with love,



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18 Responses to “Valentine Vignettes and Cookies”

  1. Sandra Says:

    What a nice post – I like your vignettes!


  2. Nancy Says:

    I’m ready to come visit, Judy! We can put on our white lace gloves and nibble cookies, sip tea, and pass the time together. What joy!


  3. Pat Says:

    The cookie recipe sounds wonderful. I am going to try it out tomorrow. Now all I need is the company to help me eat them. Thanks for inviting me into your home to see you vignettes. Happy Valentine’s day.


    • judymurrah Says:

      So glad you are going to make sugar cookies tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions. Once you get them baked I’m sure you will have no problem getting company to eat them. Enjoy and thank you, Pat.


  4. Julie Murrah Says:

    Madison and I LOVE the new addition to your blog. We enjoyed the tour of Grammy’s house at Valentine’s! We wish most of all that we had some of your yummy sugar cookies right now!!


  5. Jackie Says:

    What a lovely home, thank you for sharing…wish I could have a real cookie though…


  6. Barbara Black Says:

    Beautifully done, Judy! How about a new tradition? Sugar cookes at FQF??


  7. Tom Russell Says:

    What a wonderful post. It’s overflowing with love.

    I really don’t know how you do it all. You are an amazingly talented woman Mrs. Murrah.

    Love the cookie recipe. I am going to have to give this one a try—or two or three. I just love sugar cookies and I think they love me too.

    Your life has obviously been filled with many wonderful and touching moments. The vignettes are so sweet and filled with sentiment. I can see that each one is special and has a story to tell.

    Thank you for sharing your love-filled world.

    Oh . . . and thanks for the recipe!


  8. judymurrah Says:

    Could i coax you with sugar cookies to help me with my blog again? So glad to hear you love them. Yes, hearts and love are at the top of my list as are you my buddy, Tom.


  9. Brenda Wall Says:

    What a lovely post. After all the work you do for Quilts, Inc the beautiful Valentine decorating and cooking making gives you a calm time to unwind. Your decorations are so beautiful and inviting. You have a very blessed family and friends.


  10. Lesley Riley Says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the pastry cloth & sock. I’m an occasional baker so I didn’t know about these mess-saving things. The cookie recipe looks SO easy that I won’t even wait until I have the cloths on hand though. I can’t wait to make mine and pretend I’m there eating them with you!


    • judymurrah Says:

      Lesley, I asked Willie and she said she ordered the pastry cloth and rolling pin cover (I’ve always called it a sock.) through Several options come up when you search for a pastry cloth, but Willie ordered through Kitchen Supply fulfilled by Amazon. The two items came packaged together and the cost is $5.83. If you order today you can have the items in just days it says. Let me know when you make yours. I wish yous success.


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