These buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They’re also easy and a perfect project for kids.
All the way from London, where we’re spending time with our daughter and her family. We’ve only been on the ground a little over 48 hours, but I feel like we’ve already packed in a week’s worth of fun and activity. We’ve loved being together with the family – not doing anything out of the ordinary, just living everyday life which, by the way, includes a LOT of walking. Walking the children to school, picking them up, walking to the grocery store, walking to restaurants, taking long walks along the Thames River, walking to the Tube (underground) station. Walking, walking, walking…
But we never tire of being pedestrians here in London, as there are always so many interesting sights along the way, as well as the ever present excitement and hubbub of a large city like this. We’re actually planning a whole post coming up called Who Wants to Visit London in February? but today I just had to share these easy, fun and delicious Valentine Shortbread Cookies.
The base recipe is an old favorite of mine from Land O’Lakes. It couldn’t be simpler, with just 5 ingredients blended together, then rolled in small balls. In the original recipe the dough is rolled in balls, the centers are filled with jam and the cookies are baked to create Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies.
I adapted the recipe and after making small balls of dough, I roll them in red, pink and white sprinkles. Next, they’re baked on a sheet pan and right after they roll out of the oven, a Hershey’s kiss is tucked in the center. As you can see, these festive, pretty-as-a-picture cookies are created with minimal work.
Because it’s such an easy recipe, this is a great treat to make with kids. In fact, I brought everything along with me to London so we could make these cookies together as a Valentine sweet treat.
Well I”m going to
run walk and pick up my girls from school. I hope you surprise your Valentine(s) with a batch of these whimsical, fun and delicious cookies. They’re a wonderful way to say “I love you”, “I like you”, “I care about you”, “I’m glad you’re my friend”, “Thanks!” or whatever your Valentine wishes might be!
- 1 cup salted butter softened
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup red pink and white nonpareil (sprinkles)
- 1 10- ounce bag Hershey's Hugs
- Heat oven to 350°F. Pour sprinkles into shallow bowl. Unwrap Hershey's Hugs Combine butter, sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
- Add flour; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
- Shape dough into small 1-inch balls (I use a small ice cream scoop).
- Roll balls of dough in sprinkles, patting sprinkles gently onto any areas where sprinkles have not adhered. You want to have the little balls pretty much completely covered with sprinkles.
- Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 14-18 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two then quickly place a Hershey's Hug in the center of each cookie, barely pressing down (about ¼ inch or less!) into the cookie. Don't be tempted to press the kiss too deeply into the cookies as they will crack at the edges. If you do have any cracking, gently push the crack back together while the cookies are still warm. To keep the kisses from melting, transfer cookies to a plate or small cutting board and refrigerate for 20 minutes. If you don't refrigerate them, the kisses will take quite a while to firm up. Be careful when you move them so the kisses don't collapse or distort in shape from the movement.