Breakfast Cookies For My Valentine


The beau does not like change. I have come to see that this is very lucky for me, because he would rather deal with me (being the work-in-progress that I am), than trade me in for a newer, younger, less troublesome girlfriend. Given his druthers, he prefers his routines and a set way of doing most things. Especially in the morning. Every day he has half a bagel (marble or sesame) and orange juice (Tropicana, some pulp, not lots of pulp), does his sit-ups, texts me to say ‘good morning,’ and then has his tea (Black Mango from Trader joe’s) with a breakfast cookie. Yes, a breakfast cookie!  I think he invented the concept of “breakfast cookie” just so he could have a treat in the morning.

Since we do not get to have breakfast together very often, I thought I would make him a Valentine’s gift which would send him off each day with a reminder that I am one of his biggest fans. Breakfast cookies with a secret message!


The recipe for these yummy Lemon Heart Breakfast Cookies is at the end of this post. They were easy to bake, but I overcook everything and also forgot to sprinkle them with sugar, but they still came out plenty perfect and taste great! At least I am consistently erratic.


While they were still warm, I poked a hole in them with a skewer…


…and laced an 8 inch piece of ribbon through the hole once they were cooled.


Using my favorite hand-made papers and the cookie cutter for a pattern, I cut out hearts. On each heart, I wrote a series of silly love notes – like, “I love you more than the wind loves the night” and “I love you more than trees love their leaves” and “I love you more than the waves love the sand.”  Yes, very silly.

When my kids were little, I used to send notes like this in their lunch boxes. They still laugh about my funny notes! Well, there is the possibility that they are mocking me, but I will take any attention I can get from my teens.


We are going out to celebrate Valentines Day at dinner tonight since we will be busy with our kids on Thursday, which means I am not spoiling the surprise by posting his gift today and you still have time to make this for your Valentine if you want to!SONY DSC

It looked so pretty packaged up in a white box with a gingham bow! I am happy knowing that, even if I can’t be there for breakfast, he will get a little love to start his day!


Do you have a good gift idea for your Valentine?

Here is the recipe:

Lemon Heart Breakfast Cookies

Adapted from Sunset “Cookies”

by Annie Kip for

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

3 teaspoons grated lemon peel

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup ground almonds (I used Almond Meal from Trader Joe’s)

Sugar to sprinkle on top

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy, beat in egg yolk and lemon peel. Gradually add flour, blending thoroughly. Mix in ground almonds.

Gather dough into a ball and roll out on a floured surface until ¼ inch thick. Cut out hearts and transfer to greased cookie sheet. Place about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle cookies lightly with sugar.

Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

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  1. I know Valentines Day is over, but that is adorable! And especially sweet, since he likes “breakfast cookies” so much. I really like the way you decorated them, and the sweet little notes. Fantastic idea! It’s always a little hard to figure out what to do for a man, but it’s nice to figure out something that a particular man would appreciate. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. annie kip says:

      Hi Kathryn, Thanks so much! They just sort of came together in the right way and he loved them. I love it when things work out that way!

  2. Annie, these look absolutely adorable! You know I love the gingham ribbon, too.
    I still have all the notes I sent in school lunch boxes. It seems I can’t get rid of them!

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, Sara! I lvoe how they came out and he put them in the freezer, so he is still enjoying them!

  3. Jean Owen says:

    Wish I had read this sooner, maybe next year. A good idea for any event , for place cards. Often the best gifts are those that take time and thought.

    1. annie kip says:

      Yes, I agree, Jean – time and thought are the key ingredients! I like your idea for placecards – or party favors too!

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks! Love your blog!

  4. Jonathan Kurker says:

    Thank you Honey for the wonderful breakfast cookies! They looked especially enticing with the decrative heart notes tied to them, wouldn’t even have know you left off the sugar! I enjoyed the first one today with my tea (with honey) and am disapointed that I have to wait till tomorrow morning to have more!
    And being adverse to change has nothing to do with why I haven’t ‘traded you in’ for a less quirky model. I love the way you are, the way you do things and the special ways that comes out in our relationship. I wouldn’t trade you in for any amount of breakfast cookies! Lucky I get to have both, just unfortunately, not at the same time-

    1. annie kip says:

      Glad you liked them!!! And glad you do not plan to trade me in!

  5. Deb White says:

    You are the coolest girlfriend around! Wow, those are beautiful!! He’s lucky to have you, my wonderful, erratic friend!! Happy Valentines Day, Annie!!! xoxoxoxoxo

    1. annie kip says:

      thanks, Deb! the beau says he doesn’t need a new girlfriend because being with me is like having a new girlfriend everyday. Ha!

  6. Linda Kickham says:

    As always Annie Kip you are so AMAZINGLY creative!!! I love these cookies and always enjoy reading your posts! LK

    1. annie kip says:

      Hey Linda! Thank you! Your compliment means a LOT because I have seen the truly beautiful, creative projects you are capable of making in no time flat out of practically nothing!

  7. Those are seriously cute! I haven’t thought of anything for Valentine’s Day. I will be working the concession stand at the high school basketball game (soccer team fundraiser). Cane will be teaching jiu jitsu (as he does every Thursday). We haven’t figured out how to do Valentine’s Day well. I’m mostly ignoring it this year. I think. We’ll see. 🙂

    1. annie kip says:

      I don’t like the pressured feeling of having to come up with something just because it is Valentine’s Day either. These cookies were fun and easy for me, but picking out a gift is much more stressful. I am sure you and Cane do tons of nice things for each other every day of the year. Our Valentine’s Day is going to be filled with kid stuff too. That’s just life in the family lane I guess.

  8. Leslie says:

    Hi Annie

    I’ve been enjoying your posts — I love the sound of these cookies. Cookies with ground nuts are wonderful — my family makes a pecan crescent recipe we call cocoons….now, what’s the easiest way to grind the nuts without fancy tools? can you do it in a blender? (dumb kitchen question number 412).

    I think I have a rolling pin somewhere..maybe….you are inspiring me! I was a Teen Queen Baker back in the day! ….and there are always drop cookies that don’t need a rolling pin or board to roll on, right?

    Thank you for your humor, your candor, and your creativity and giving us all more permission for our non-perfect gifts and lives.


    1. annie kip says:

      Oh Leslie! Thanks so much for your encouragement. I am so glad to know you are out there reading my posts! I should have mentioned in the recipe – it is so much easier than you think – I used the Ground Almond Meal from Trader Joe’s. (I will update the recipe with that info since you are probably not the only person overwhelmed with the idea of grinding up almonds!) If you don’t have a rolling pin, I am sure a wine bottle would work too, but being the Teen Queen Baker, you might have even better solutions. Did you get to wear a tiara while baking???? I am so jealous!

      1. Leslie Warner says:

        I have a tiara in my office, along with magic wands, since I am the Fairy Job-Mother. No tiara in kitchen though that is an excellent idea!

        Thanks for the tip on Almond Meal….and I love the idea that your particular style of being means you are like “having a new girlfriend every day” about a positive reframe.

        Love and more cookies, Leslie

        1. annie kip says:

          Yes, we are all about the positive reframe around here!!! More tiaras!!!!

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