It seems that Valentine’s Day is a lot like Justin Bieber.
You either love it or you hate it.
You can carry this analogy as far as Facebook statuses and twitter updates. The pre-teen girls who profess their Bieber Fever by tweeting lyrics all day long, are a lot like the Valentines-day-a-holics who post pictures of overpriced floral arrangements and stuffed animals that were made in China on their Facebook walls with captions of how “lucky” they are.
The people who constantly complain about the Bieber madness, swear every time “Baby” comes on the radio, and hang pictures of the Biebs for target practice, can be likened to the those who post “F*** VALENTINES DAY” statuses and walk around with a terrifying glare across their face all day.
It is hard to think of a more polarizing holiday than Valentine’s Day.
Personally, I find Valentine’s Day to be one of the least romantic days of the year. How thoughtful is it to express your love on the same day as everyone else just because it is “expected” of you?
HOWEVER, I do appreciate Valentine’s day – for sweets, fun cards, and little treats! I like Valentine’s day for the reminder it is to drop a friend a thoughtful card in the mail, leave your loved one a heartfelt note, or bake some delicious treats from scratch! Nothing says love like a peanut butter cookie right?
Peanut Butter Cookies with Dove Heart Chocolates & Valentine M&Ms
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream butter in mixer, approximately 2 – 3 minutes. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat for an additional 2 – 3 minutes. Add the peanut butter and eggs and mix until blended. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients slowly to butter/sugar mixture. Mix until well blended.
Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (I refrigerated for 24 – made the dough one evening and baked the cookies the next).
After dough has been refrigerated, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch round balls (make sure they are NO bigger! these cookies spread out when baked!!) Place rounded balls approximately 2 – 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Use a fork slightly flatten dough in a crisscross pattern.
For M&M cookies, press M&Ms onto flattened dough before placing in oven.
Bake Cookies 10-12 minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown.
Let cool on sheet one minute then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
For Dove heart cookies, unwrap the chocolates while cookies are baking. Press a piece of chocolate into the center of the cookie after it has been cooling for about 4 – 5 minutes. If you place the chocolate in too soon, it will melt. If you wait too long to place the chocolate in, the cookie will be too firm.
Let cookies cool completely and chocolate harden (approximately 3 hours) before stacking to store.
Valentine’s day is perfect for a little fun or a thoughtful surprise, but save the grand gestures for when they will really be romantic! Circling back to the Biebs – it is completely acceptable to sing “Baby” in the shower… but save the real music for all other times!