As Feb. 14 rolls around, you may find yourself scavenging for last minute gifts or affordable alternatives. The Red & Black shows you how to put together a care package full of cookies, flowers and handwritten letters with a flare. 

For more instructions, see below.

Cookie Ingredients:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

 Cookie Materials

  • Mixer

  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

  • Parchment Paper

 Cookie Instructions

  • Mix butter & sugar

  • Add vanilla extract and orange zest. Mix.

  • Add the egg.

  • Add milk.

  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix.

  • Dough should start getting clumpy.

  • Make two disks of dough, place in between sheets of parchment paper, and freeze for 20 minutes.

  • Dust pan and rolling pin (or water bottle) with flour and roll each disk out to about 1/4 inch thickness.

  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 6 minutes, or until the edges are a slight golden brown.

  • Cool for 3-5 minutes and enjoy.

 Origami Materials

  • Shaving Cream

  • Food Coloring or Watercolors

  • Paper (any kind will work)

  • Scissors

  • Straws (as many as you have sheets of paper)

    • Feel free to make your own from green dyed paper or construction paper.

  • Clear tape

 Origami Flower Instructions

  • Making the Paper

    • Spray shaving cream so that it covers a rectangular pan.

    • Wipe the cream (using a rubber spatula or even an old credit card) so that it forms a flat surface.

    • Drop food coloring onto the surface of the shaving cream.

    • Swirl to create desired pattern.

    • Place the paper on the surface and let sit for a second or two.

    • Peel the paper off, and wipe any excess cream away. Let dry.

    • Cut the paper into squares.

  • Making the Flowers

    • Fold the square in half both vertically and horizontally.

    • Fold the corners in to form small triangles.

    • Fold in half vertically and horizontally once more.

    • Fold the corners in two more times.

    • Peel back each folded corner to make the petals.

  • Making the Stems

    • Take the straw and cut the tip into 3 or 4 sections.

    • Peel the sections out so that they lay flat.

    • Tape the sections onto the bottom of the flower.

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