Somehow, January has nearly slipped right by me. It wasn’t until today that I realized we will soon be entering the ever so cold month of February, (as if it hasn’t been ever so cold already) and soon Cupid will arrive with his love potion filled arrows.
Last year, in honor of what is suppose to be one of the most romantic days of the year, I made several delicious treats leading up to the big day. I kicked off the celebration with Strawberry Kiss Cheesecakes. Then came the Chocoholic Cupcake, the Marshmallow, Peanut Butter, and Cake Truffles, and let’s not forget the Valentine Cream Wafer (Heart) Cookies.
I decided to start this years celebration off with one of my most favorite cookies ever. The Simple & Sweet Shortbread Cookie. These cookies are melt in your mouth perfect. Butter, sugar, flour, a pinch of salt and a touch of vanilla. That’s it – so simple, so sweet!
SIMPLE & SWEET SHORTBREAD COOKIES
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1/2 c. granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar for rolling
Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, add butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Cream ingredients together; add flour. Continue to mix ingredients until everything is blended. Form dough into a ball.
Place a dough on a piece of parchment paper that is coated with a light coating of powdered sugar. Roll dough out until it is about 1/4” thick. Use more powdered sugar if needed. Cut out cookies using a cookie cutter. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet about 1 1/2” apart. Bake for about 8 minutes. Do not over bake. They will firm up after removing them from the oven. Allow cookies to cool completely on cookie sheet before moving them.
If you want to spruce your cookies up, roll the edges in a thin butter cream icing and then coat the edges with some colored sugar.
I couldn’t resist sneaking this cute little (like new) tea cup from Teavana into this picture. I found it at a local thrift store for 30 cents. That’s my kind of bargain!
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance. It can simply be about kindness. Make a batch of these delicious cookies, pair them with a pretty tea cup or coffee mug, and give them to someone that’s deserving this Valentine’s Day.
I’m planning on sharing my cookies at one of my favorite hangouts – BeBetsy. Make sure you check out their great site because there is something there for everyone.