Tuesday, February 2, 2021

February Cooking for 2: Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies

 


This shortbread recipe is easy to make.  It is much easier than making sugar cookies because it uses only 4 ingredients:  flour, sugar, butter and vanilla.  I make some icing to go on top and sprinkled some sugar dyed with red food coloring.  The recipe makes 2 1/2 large cookies or 3-4 medium sized cookies.  


Recipe:

1/2 cup flour

4 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup butter (real butter, not margarine)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 Tablespoons white sugar


Measure and mix the four ingredients above.  Roll onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment or that is well greased.  I actually cut the cookies out right onto the parchment/pan.  That way you don't have to move it before cooking.  it makes the process much easier.

Bake at 325 degrees for around 18-20 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is.  

I personally like my shortbread plain, but if you like frosting on yours use the following recipe.

Frosting:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon softened butter

Between 2-3 teaspoons milk

A few drops of vanilla

Mix together frosting ingredients.  Add only as much milk as you need for the consistency that you want.  Color with a few drops of red or pink dye if you are interested.  Spread frosting on the cookies and enjoy!  I also dyed white sugar with red food coloring and sprinkled it on top.  If you don't have sprinkles at home, it is easy to do.  I usually use a paper or plastic up because of the dye.  

Every day is a good day to cook for the ones you love!

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