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A Hexie Turtle Valentine

A Hexie Turtle Valentine

Hello Everyone!

1a. Hello Everyone

We’re the Hexie Turtles! And we’re here to tell you about what we did to get ready for Valentine’s Day.

Well… actually I’m going to tell the story because Sue made me first, so that makes me the oldest. Lanie is next oldest. She’s my BFF. And then Rexie is youngest. He’s my other BFF.

Sue was super busy this week working on things at the sewing machine. We get a bird’s eye view of everything she does from up on the sewing room bookshelf where we live.

Just look at those cool chef hats Sue made for us!

And if she made us chef hats, you know that means we’re going to be doing something in the kitchen.

In the after Christmas sales, Sue bought a set of cookie cutters for making Linzer Cookies. Yesterday, she looked through all her cookbooks (she has an entire cupboard of cookbooks) but couldn’t find any recipes for Linzer Cookies. So she googled it.

The Hexie Turtles reading the recipe on the phone

We wanted to see how she did each step, so she measured everything out into bowls.

Ingredients for Linzer cookies all measured out

Then she got out the old cake taker so that we could sit up high and watch her mix everything together.

3. Turtle up on cake taker

First, she creamed the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a big bowl.

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla

Then she mixed the spices, salt and baking powder into the flour. After that she added the ground almonds.

Photo collage of mixing and adding the dry ingredientsWhile she was mixing the first half of the flour mixture into the creamed butter mixture…

Rexie’s hat fell off!!

Oops Rexies hat fell off

He said it was because I pushed him but I didn’t, honest!

I was just trying to get a closer look at what Sue was doing.

And then Sue did something really funny.

The spoon wasn’t getting everything mixed together, so she stuck her hand in the bowl and starting working the flour into the dough.

Sometimes hands are the best mixing tools.

Sue said that sometimes hands are the best tools for the job.

When it was all mixed together and you couldn’t see anymore flour, she divided the dough in half and wrapped it in plastic.

Divide dough in half and wrap

Dave commented that she couldn’t really say that she’d divided them in half because one was bigger than the other.

Sue told him not to be a smart aleck. That made us giggle!

And then Sue told us that the dough had to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

Do you know how long 2 hours is??

It’s 120 minutes!

What were we going to do for that many minutes?

But Dave and Sue had already planned for that.

Click next to find out what we did while the Linzer Cookie dough was chilling.

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  • Rachel
    February 14, 2016 6:29 am

    I’m sure the supervision assisted the cook!

  • Rachel
    February 14, 2016 6:34 am

    And now I’ve seen the final result, it sounds as though Linzer cookies are a rather nicer version of what we called Jammy Dodgers when I was a child!

  • Jackie Hale
    February 14, 2016 10:57 am

    I love Linzer cookies! Thank you for the recipe and the great ‘Hexie Turtle Valentine’ story.

  • Sharon
    February 14, 2016 1:54 pm

    I love the turtle stories. I see the book. I’m impatiently waiting for the story to accompany the book. My daughter informed us when we told her about the new baby in our life, she thought she was getting a stereo. Nine year olds! She got the stereo five years later!

  • Mary
    February 14, 2016 3:58 pm

    LOVE those little chef hats!!! How did they stay so clean in the kitchen? I think they need aprons too.

  • MA
    February 14, 2016 11:31 pm

    NOW I understand the chef’s hats – I should have guessed!! Looks like everyone had a grand time (and please tell Dave he’s a good sport!!). Happy Sweetheart’s Day to all.

  • Susan
    February 15, 2016 12:08 am

    I was wondering what those little chef hats were for! Now I know. So cute!

  • Susan
    February 15, 2016 3:53 pm

    Is someone having a baby? Maybe Nexie? =)

  • Susan
    February 15, 2016 3:55 pm

    Wonderful looking cookies! My boys are such cookie pigs, those would be gone in 20 minutes or maybe even less time! I liked the substitutions you made, because I’m not crazy about hazelnuts anyway. Thanks for the tip on rolling dough to exactly the 1/4″ needed!

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