Valentine Shortbread Cookies

Valentine Shortbread Cookies - these buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They're also easy and a perfect project for kids. thecafesucrefarine.com

These buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They’re also easy and a perfect project for kids.

Valentine greetings!

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.

Valentine Shortbread Cookies - these buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They're also easy and a perfect project for kids. thecafesucrefarine.com

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.

Valentine Shortbread Cookies - these buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They're also easy and a perfect project for kids. thecafesucrefarine.com

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.

Valentine Shortbread Cookies - these buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They're also easy and a perfect project for kids. thecafesucrefarine.com

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.

Valentine Shortbread Cookies - these buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They're also easy and a perfect project for kids. thecafesucrefarine.com

I know my little herd will be thrilled when I pull out the sprinkles and Hershey’s Hugs. Don’t tell them yet though, I want it to be a surprise!

Valentine Shortbread Cookies - these buttery cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. They're also easy and a perfect project for kids. thecafesucrefarine.com

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!

Valentine Shortbread Cookies
 
These buttery cookies are melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. They're also easy and a fun activity for kids.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3-4 dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Add flour; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  3. Shape dough into small 1-inch balls (I use a small ice cream scoop).
  4. 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.
  5. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. 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.
Notes
Adapted from Land O'Lakes

 



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