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Every Valentine's Day, my mother, Millie, would bake the most beautiful heart-shaped sugar cookies and ice them and decorate the edges. They would take hours to complete. She would spend Valentine's Day delivering them to all her children who lived in the area, then to her grandchildren and then to her extended family.

Since she's been gone, I have recreated her recipe and am able to decorate just like she did. When my sister Diane opened the container last year, she had tears in her eyes as she smelled them and said, "Come around girls and smell these. Mom is with us today." My nephews Danny and Doug always call to thank me for the surprise box at their front door. They say, "Aunt Mary Ann, these are just like Grandma's. Happy Valentine's Day." I know my mother Millie's cookies are just another symbol of keeping the love around [that] connects our family on Valentine's Day.

— Mary Ann of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
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