Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Shortbread cookies.

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes, because it really simple and only takes a few ingredients. The cookies are quite low in sugar compared to many cookie recipes, and yet they have a light delicate taste that is just sweet enough.

1 cup Butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-2tbsp red colored sugar

1. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer or by hand until well mixed. Stir in flour. If the dough seems really crumbly, mix it by hand, gently kneading it until smooth dough is formed.

2. Divide dough in half. Shape each ball into a roll about 2" in diameter and about 6" long. Roll it in your red colored sugar until it is well coated.

Shape roll into a heart shape. i did this by pressing a butter knife down the center of the roll, and flattening the other side into a point. Hopefully you get the idea from my picture. Then wrap in plastic wrap and chill for around 2 hours or until firm.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Then you just slice off your heart cookies and place them about 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. . i like them around 1/4" thick, but the original recipe calls for 1/8".

i had to form some of them once on the pan, so if they don't cut off in perfect hearts don't worry. They are pretty easy to reshape, once on the pan.

Bake around 8-12 minutes. i let them cool just slightly before removing them from the pan or they have a tendency to fall apart. These don't brown, so be careful not to overcook them. They should be a golden color on the bottoms.

The basic recipe came from my Betty Crocker cookbook and we added our twist by forming the rolls into heart shapes. It makes about 4-5 dozen cookies, depending on how thick you cut them. This is such an amazingly simple recipe with only 4 main ingredients. It's an easy recipe for kids to make, and they always enjoy rolling the cookie log in the sprinkles.
These cookies are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. They are just sweet enough as is so there is no need to frost them.


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