I suppose what inspired to make these cookies was a recent trip to Panera Bread. As I was ordering my healthy lunch I couldn’t keep my eyes off of their heart-shaped shortbread cookies. I love Panera’s shortbread cookies. My observant husband asked me if I’d like a cookie and I told him I would on Valentine’s Day. He just grinned. He also asked me if I’d like a heart-shaped donut from Dunkin Donuts too. He knows me so well.
I have never made a sugar cookie that the dough was this easy to work with, I think it’s because of all the butter. The recipe specifically advises you not to refrigerate the dough prior to rolling out your cookies. In this case, I put the dough on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. The dough rolled out nicely without sticking and transferred to the cookie sheet with ease. Prior to baking the cookies I sprinkled the tops with pink granulated colored sugar in an effort to cut a few calories that frosting would have added.
These cookies should transport easily if you’re going to a Valentine’s Day party. The verdict on this cookie is at a tie in our house. I prefer my tried-and-true recipe over this one. My husband on the other hand, feels just the opposite. So, I guess you will have to bake a batch of these and let me know what you think of them.
Does anyone have a great shortbread cookie recipe that you would compare to Panera’s? If so, are you willing to share it?
**Update** I tried the shortbread cookie recipe that one of my readers recommended below. To see the cookies, and get my opinion, see my blog post Get out your sifters for these shortbreads.