Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies

Today I made these cookies.  They are wonderful.  They are everything I imagined they would be and more.
And yes, I did imagine them before I brought them into this world.  They were created with love and determination.

And butter.

You must enjoy a hearty melt-in-your-mouth butter cookie to appreciate these.

I appreciate them greatly.

Aside from the wonderfulness of these cookies, today everything just worked.  I was a task accomplishing, well-oiled machine.

I went to the store, ran laundry, made these cookies, ate these cookies, took all the munchkins to gymnastics (Hubby worked late), stripped beds and hosted a killer last minute playdate.  Not necessarily in that order.

My neighbor's triplets came over off the school bus last minute.  My neighbor needed a favor.  We help eachother like that.

We're neighborly.

Luckily munchkins don't phase me.  They just don't.  Which is cool because I had four kindergartners under my roof happily playing from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

Naturally, Moopa was here tearing up the place as well.

And even with all these munchkins present, the day just worked.  The cookies worked.  All was good in Mommyhood.


**These cookies are easy to make, you just need the patience to roll and cut the dough..  They can be made in under an hour start to finish.  They are also extremely versatile.  Scroll down to see jelly-free variations.**

Easy Valentine Shortbread Heart Cookies

1 cup butter (no substitutions)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Strawberry or Raspberry Jelly

Heart shaped cookie cutters, in two sizes.  I like my cookies jumbo size, so mine were 4 inches and two inches (approx).  

Preheat oven to 300.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla.  Turn mixer to slow, and gradually add flour 1/2 cup at a time.

Blend well.

Dough will be crumbly.  Don't fret.  This dough reminds me of Moon Sand.  It does amazing things.
On clean, lightly floured surface, roll out 1/2 of dough.  You need to roll the dough out thick.  You want a thick, hearty shortbread cookie.

If you are looking for a thin, crumbly, flimsy cookie we ain't the same kind of people.

Cut hearty cookies with 4 inch heart cookie cutters, remove center of 1/2 cookies with 2 inch heart cutters.
Set on baking sheet at least one inch apart.
Bake 20 minutes on 300.  I do not wait for brown edges.  Remove from oven just before edges begin to brown.

Remove from sheet and cool on wire rack.

Once cool, spread jelly on heart cookie.  Top with cutout heart cookie.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Step back and admire your masterpiece.
A bonus to making these cookies is the extra smaller heart cookies you have from removing the center of the top cookies.

I grabbed vanilla frosting, M&M's and colored sugars to switch gears and make a few different cookies for my munchkins.
Below is picture proof of the crowd pleasing success of these cookies:
To summarize:


Make these cookies soon. They are uber easy and extremely versatile. You will be glad when they are in your tummy or in the tummies of your loved ones.

After all, Valentine's Day is all about the love, and you will love these.



10 comments:

  1. Your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday!
    Smiles,
    Melanie
    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com

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  2. You cracked me up with the "Roll to 1/4" or we can't be friends". I'll give these cookies a shot. Thanks. --Kerri

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  3. We definitely all need days like those. When everything's good with mummy, it's usually good with the kids too! And those cookies look fabulous!

    Found you on Welcome Wednesday.
    CJ xx

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  4. Over from Welcome Wednesday...your cookies roped me in. Your humor throughout the recipe kept me!! :)

    New follower and thanks for the awesomely easy recipe!!

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  6. looks yummy! newest follower from the hop
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  7. Those look delish but not super easy? Thanks for sharing! xo

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  8. im not sure how i even stumbled upon this website ... but its fantastic!
    i made these cookies as soon as i read this post ... they were delicious!

    Thank you!

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  9. Best. Shortbread. Biscuits. Ever!
    Made these today and they definitely had the wow factor- and fond them pretty simple to make, even without a mixer! I dipped half of the smaller heart centres in melted chocolate. They didn't last long...
    Here in the UK we often use measurements in grams- 227g of butter seemed to do the trick.

    Will definitely be using this recipe again!

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  10. im findin when i go to make the cookie dough into hearts they brake before i can even put them onto the cookie sheet....... i followed everything perfectly... what can i do???

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