Shortbread Hearts with vanilla frosting

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I made these cookies for my students at school and had a few myself. It is such an easy recipe and they taste great by themselves or with milk.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • (optional) 1 t. water
  • (optional) 1/2 cp. chocolate chips, MnMs, or candy of your choice

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 1/2 cp white chocolate
  • 2 t canola oil
  1. While the cookies bake, melt the ingredients above together in the microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar (a stand mixer is great for this, as the powdered sugar will make quite a mess if you’re using a hand mixer).
  3. Slowly add the flour (about a half cup at a time), mixing a bit in between each addition.
  4. The mixture will look crumbly at first, but the dough will come together after a few minutes. If needed, add water (one teaspoon at a time) to help dough form. The dough should not be  sticky since it will be rolled.
  5. Optional (Mix in any chocolate chips, MnMs, or candy of your choice)
  6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface or parchment paper and roll out to a 1/4″ thick rectangle. Cut dough with cookie cutters into any shapes you desire and lift with a spatula onto the Silpat baking mat on the cookie sheet to bake.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges begin to turn a light golden brown.
  8. Let cool completely. on a wire rack.
  9. Drizzle the frosting on top of the cookies or dip the top of the cookie into the frosting and add sprinkles before the frosting drys

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