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Valentine's Day Cookies

I have a go-to, long proven, delicious, passed down from generation  to generation cookie recipe that you must try this Valentine's Day. Get  out your heart and cupid cookie cutters, your rolling pin or wax paper,  push-up your sleeves and let's get started!

Sugar Cookies
by Amy Dotson

1 pound butter
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lemon juice

Beat together and then add:

6 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Chill and then roll out and cut; or roll in waxed paper in long  rolls, chill and slice. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees  for 10 minutes or until edges are barely beginning to brown. Top with  your favorite vanilla or flavored frosting or glaze. And don't forget  the sprinkles!

One of the main reasons I love this recipe, besides that fact that it  tasted fantastic, is its history. The sweet woman it originated from  lived on the street my mom grew-up on. My grandmother loved and used  this recipe. My own mother loves and uses this recipe. And now I love  and use this recipe. I love food that is generational and brings a  family together. I love that when I make these cookies with my girls, I  will tell them stories about standing on a stool in my grandmother's  house, helping her roll out the chilled, sweet dough. So many of my  favorite childhood memories come from that kitchen.

So, when I am helping my girls make this recipe, I will invite my mom  to join us and we will invite my grandma for a quick visit from heaven  to make sure we get it just right.

Amy Dotson is a thirty-something wife of a hunky semi-pro football playing,  graphic designer husband and the mother of two beautiful, really smart,  precocious 4 year olds. She is also interested in all things lovely,  delicious, refreshing and fun. You can also find her at I Wish I Was in Dixie. Visitors always welcome!

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