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.
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.
Dough will be crumbly. Don't fret. This dough reminds me of Moon Sand. It does amazing things.
Cut hearty cookies with 4 inch heart cookie cutters, remove center of 1/2 cookies with 2 inch heart cutters.
Remove from sheet and cool on wire rack.
Once cool, spread jelly on heart cookie. Top with cutout heart cookie.
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:
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.