Heart Shortbread Cookies

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

Three words to describe these heart shaped shortbread cookies:  simple, easy, delicious.  There is no vanilla in this recipe.  The flavor all comes from the butter so it’s really important to use good quality butter.   In fact, there are only five ingredients required to make these cookies: unsalted butter, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, flour and salt. 

 

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

These heart shortbread cookies are just as good as these previous cookies, only simpler to make.

Adding food color to the dough is optional.  I just added a few drops of pink and red food color to get into that Valentine vibe.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

The dough doesn’t even need to be rolled out.  I only rolled out the dough so I could cut out some heart shapes.  It’s faster using cookie cutters, but you can also cut out free forms with a knife, which would make for more interesting shapes.

 

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

The other option is to bake the cookie dough in a baking dish.  While it’s still hot out of the oven, just slice into squares with a sharp knife.

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

Depending on the size of the cut outs, this recipe will yield a generous number of cookies.  I made tiny bite size hearts, some medium size and a few free form hearts.  After all that, I still have some extra unused dough in the freezer.

 

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

With the baby hearts, it’s nice that you can have a taste of the cookies without feeling a lot of guilt since they’re so little.

 

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

Also optional, while these heart shortbread cookies were hot right out of the oven I sprinkled some granulated sugar to add texture and interest.

 

 

 

SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

Valentine’s Day is not that far off.  I will probably make these cookies again in a few weeks.

 

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SugaryWinzy Heart Shortbread Cookies

Heart Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks (1 ½ cups unsalted butter)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Few drops of pink or red food color (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. With a flat beater, cream butter until light and smooth.
  3. Add granulated sugar and mix until well blended.
  4. Add powdered sugar and salt and beat until fully combined.
  5. Add the flour and beat until fully incorporated.
  6. Optional: add a few drops of food color.  Mix the food color in with the dough until thoroughly combined.
  7. For cutouts, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes.  Divide dough in two or three portions.  Roll on a sheet of waxed paper and cut shapes with a cookie cutter.  Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 15 minutes, remove from oven and lightly sprinkle with sugar while still very warm.
  8. If baking cookie dough in a baking dish, press the dough evenly in a 9 x 13 ovenproof dish and pierce the dough making deep indentations with a fork all over the surface.  Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes or, if the dough is not tinted, until lightly browned and slightly darker at the edges.  Remove from the oven and cut into squares while still warm.

 

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Easy, delicious pink heart-shaped shortbread cookies
Ingredients
  • 3 sticks (1 ½ cups unsalted butter)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Few drops of pink or red food color (optional)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. With a flat beater, cream butter until light and smooth.
  3. Add granulated sugar and mix until well blended.
  4. Add powdered sugar and salt and beat until fully combined.
  5. Add the flour and beat until fully incorporated.
  6. Optional: add a few drops of food color. Mix the food color in with the dough until thoroughly combined.
  7. For cutouts, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes. Divide dough in two or three portions. Roll on a sheet of waxed paper and cut shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 15 minutes, remove from oven and lightly sprinkle with sugar while still very warm.
  8. If baking cookie dough in a baking dish, press the dough evenly in a 9 x 13 ovenproof dish and pierce the dough making deep indentations with a fork all over the surface. Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes or, if the dough is not tinted, until lightly browned and slightly darker at the edges. Remove from the oven and cut into squares while still warm.
Notes
Bake time is about 15 mins if baking cut outs on a cookie sheet, about 40 mins if baking in an oven proof dish

 

 

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