Three sticks of softened butter.
Cream the butter with 1 cup sugar and 1 TB of vanilla
Cream that for about two minutes. Add 3 1/2 c flour and 1/4 tsp salt
Beat slowly until it starts to form a thick crumble
Press into a disc
Wrap the disc
Chill for about an hour. Then pick your favorite cookie shape. Shortbread is a hearty sugar cookie so they hold their shape well. This is the perfect cookie for any shape.
But I am doing hearts. Yes. Yes, I'm *that* person. That person that starts Valentines Day as soon as the Christmas tree is down.
Once dough has chilled, allow about ten minutes to sit out. It will roll best when it isn't so cold. I roll the dough out between two pieces of saran wrap
Place one on top
Roll to about half inch thick
Like I said, it's a very rich tasting and sturdy cookie. Bakes so pretty
Sugar the ones you just want plain sugared
Others, I sugar only half and will dip the other half once it's baked. Dip it in chocolate or candy coating
Bake 350, for about 20 minutes
Now for the icing on those halves. I chose pink candy melts. Ya kno, for the Valentines
Place it over the double broiler (over a pan w simmering water) and allow to melt
Make a line
Then shake down and over the bowl to cover rest of heart
Allow to cool and harden
Once they set up ..very easy to stack and store
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