Galentine’s Day Cookies

Fair warning: If you do not love the TV show Parks and Recreation as much as I do, then this post is not going to make much sense.

Galentine's Day Cookies

Let’s start at the beginning. I know it’s a meme and whatever, but I truly believe Leslie Knope is my spirit animal. Like, sometimes I feel that I’m the museum education version of Leslie Knope. Like Leslie with parks, I absolutely love what I do and usually can’t comprehend why everyone in the world wouldn’t love museums and art history as much as I do. I love binders and organization and categorizing everything. I’m an unabashed feminist (thank you, nine years of all-girls education), more than a bit of a perfectionist, and definitely a talker and a share-er. I also happen to think Galentine’s Day is the best idea EVER.

Galentine's Day Cookies

If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is, here are some GIFs.

A huge reason why I love Parks and Rec is obviously the character of Leslie, but a huge part of why I (and most folks) love Leslie is because of Amy Poehler. I loved her in the TV show, but it was when I found out about her organization Smart Girls at the Party that I realized how ridiculously amazing she is. Smart Girls at the Party is a website and video series about inspiring young girls (and boys) to accept themselves. They feature women in the world who are unabashedly doing amazing things. It is absolutely great. (They were behind the #AskHerMore hashtag that made a big splash at the Golden Globes this year.)

Galentine's Day Cookies

Then she published her book, Yes Please, and my adoration was cemented. It’s such a hilarious, empowering book. Go read it if you haven’t already! What does “yes please” mean? In Amy’s words: “I love saying ‘yes’ and I love saying ‘please’. Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. ‘Yes please’ sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman.” (And don’t worry, if you’re a dude you will love the book, and Parks and Rec, too. I guarantee it.)

Galentine's Day Cookies

So, in honor of my love for Parks and Rec, Leslie Knope, and of course Amy Poehler, here are some Galentine’s Day cookies with three of my favorite quotes: Treat Yo Self, I love you and I like you (warning: link is a major spoiler), and Yes Please!

Galentine's Day Cookies

Oops, before I end this post I should probably talk about what these cookies taste like, huh? Well, in true Leslie Knope style, I’m not gonna be humble. These are the ideal, perfect sugar cookies. They aren’t crispy but rather a little bit chewy, super buttery, and I added a little cinnamon for some spice. The royal icing is sweet and balances out the butter. These are absolutely one of the best recipes I’ve ever made.

Galentine's Day Cookies

So: Happy Galentine’s Day to all of you! May your February be filled with waffles, friends, and work you’re passionate about, and lots of friends and family you love.

Galentine's Day Cookies

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Gingerbread Cookies


Allow me to be non-nondenominational for just a few more posts, won’t you?


Everybody likes pretty gingerbread cookies, right?


The answer is yes. Of course.


All the dough mixing, fussy rolling, cookie cutting, icing organizing… it’s all worth it when you pipe pretty pastel lines of sugar and dot them with delicate sprinkles and pearls.


I highly recommend making one of your icings an untraditional Christmas color. My baking cohort (you’ll remember her from three separate cakes) made the prettiest mauve color which totally works with Christmas cookies. Trust.


Go crazy and attack your flooded royal icing with toothpicks. It might not be symmetrical, but it will definitely be pretty.


And would you like to see EVERY single cookie we made? (Okay, not every single one. Just the ones deemed prettiest for food photography.) Good. GO!

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