Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies
What better way to enjoy the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday than with a Valentine’s Day shortbread cookie!!!
It is the start of February and that means the holiday of love is right around the corner…and I am so excited!!
Since having my little baby boy, holidays seem a bit brighter. He can pretty much eat anything and everything now (and he does), so I use him as my cute little guinea piggy.
Jack is a BIG fan of cookies. He calls them doodies..lol. I know…Mom moment! I think his little words are the cutest..as all Moms probably do. The other really weird word he’s big on is “lalos” (pronounced LAH-LOS), and that means water. No idea where that one came from, but my whole family uses it now. I kind of like saying it even more than saying water 🙂
These cookies were a HUGE hit with Jack…and me. You can’t ask for a more simple recipe…
A shortbread cookie is basically the same as a snowball cookie in that it uses lots of butter, sugar, and flour. SIMPLE!!! Delicious too!
He ate one (seated in a barstool like a big boy…whaaaaaaah—me crying), and asked for another shortly thereafter. Realistically it was more like…doodie!!! doodie!!! More…more mama, doodie!! The addition of some festive red and white and pink sprinkles and hearts make these the cutest, easiest little Valentine cookies ever.
These shortbread cookies would make a perfect classroom dessert for any Mom looking for a lot of bang for the buck. Everyone will be so impressed and think you just slaved away, when it fact it took you about 20 minutes 🙂 Score one for you!!
Just about everyone has some butter, sugar, and flour laying around right? Make these little shortbread cookies for, or with, your kids. They will remember it for years and probably do the same with their kids later down the road. If that doesn’t make you warm and fuzzy, I don’t know what will!!!
I came across these festive little sprinkles during a Home Goods shopping trip with my sister Heidi. Along with some really super cute cupcake liners that I plan on using for a Valentine cupcake post later next week. They caught my eye and immediately got me thinking…mmm what I can I use those for?? The first thought that came to mind was Disneyland style frozen bananas dipped in dark chocolate. But, since it’s the middle of winter, I thought..too cold. Don’t get me wrong though, I would eat a frozen banana wearing mittens in a blizzard if I had too 🙂 I will probably go ahead and do some frozen bananas with these sprinkles just for the heck of it. Jack will probably love them (he calls them nanas..not super original, but still adorable in my opinion).
The smell of shortbread cookies browning in a hot oven will fill your home with the most delicious aroma. Neighbors will be sniffing their way up to your door, wondering what delicious new concoction you’ve come up with now!! It’s a good smell is all I’m sayin’.
Last week while I was at Walmart picking up something or the other, I came across some ghirardelli melting wafers and thought they would be perfect for dipping these shortbread cookies in. And, they were!!! The chocolate melts so easily in the microwave. I just dumped a couple cups into a microwave safe bowl and heated in 30 second intervals, stirring after each of the 30 seconds. After about 1 1/2 minutes, the chocolate was melted and shiny and ready to go. It stays melted for about 15-20 minutes. If it hardens up, pop it back in and stir until smooth.
After dipping the cookies, I placed them onto a parchment lined tray, sprinkled my fun little holiday sprinkles onto the hot chocolate and wound up with a really festive Valentine cookie. The sprinkles adhere really well to the melted chocolate and don’t fall off all over your house.
The cookies are super buttery and flakey and the dark chocolate just takes it over the top!!!
Hope you get a chance to give these a shots!! Happy nibblin’ 🙂
- 2 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter (at room temperature)
- 2 cups ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
- 1 cup ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers
- optional: assorted sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place oven racks in bottom and middle position.
- In the bowl of your mixer (or by hand), beat softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
- Add flour to butter mixture in batches until combined. It will be in large clumps.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll to 1/2 thickness with rolling pin.
- Use a pizza wheel to cut into small rectangles or whatever shape you want (cookie cutters work too).
- Transfer cut dough to parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake 15-18 minutes until lightly browned around the edges (I like to switch my trays halfway through...bottom shelf to middle, middle to bottom to help even baking)
- Remove cookies from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat dark chocolate wafers until melted (about 1-1 1/2 minutes), stirring every 30 seconds.
- Repeat with white chocolate wafers.
- Dip cooled cookies into melted chocolate and decorate.
- Place dipped cookies onto a parchment lined baking tray and cool until chocolate hardens (about 10 minutes).