Valentine Shortbread Cookies

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski


Valentine’s Day is a great time to reaffirm our unconditional love for our grandchildren.

Every holiday, my mother-in-law (aka Grandma Swat) , made her famous shortbread cookies.  When we lived in St. Louis and then in France, we would receive the cookies in the mail. For some reason, the kids looked forward to them most at Valentine’s Day.  Grandma Swat always cut the shortbread into heart shapes and then lightly sprinkled the cookies with red sugar.

We all anticipated the package of cookies and it was a happy day when the mailman brought a box to the door.

Our grown children have wonderful memories of Grandma Swat’s cookies and the love that motivated her to bake for us.  As I thought of Five Ways to Love on Your Grandkids, Grandma’s cookies were the first thing that came to mind.

Shortbread Cookies

Beat together until life and fluffy:

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperataure

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

In a separate bowl stir together:

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

Gently stir flour into creamed mixture just until all flour is incorporated.  Very gently make a ball and then flatten into  a disk.  Wrap the dough and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out dough to 1/4 inch and cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter.  I like using parchment paper on the cookie sheet.  Put the cookie sheets in the frig for 15 minutes so that they retain their heart shape while cooking.

*The cookie dough might seem very dry when you roll it out. I have found it best to limit the time in the frig to 1 hour.  Any longer and the dough can become very hard and difficult to roll out.

Bake about 8 – 10 minutes.  The cookies will be lightly browned around the edges.  Gently remove the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

You can ice the cookies, decorate with sugar or even dip them in chocolate.

Pack up a cookie container for your grandkids to deliver to their home or to put in the mail.

Your grandchildren will feel loved and you may start the same tradition as Grandma Swat.

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One Response

  1. Lisa says:

    Yummy looking!

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