Iced Shortbread Cookies for My Valentine

heart shortbread in a box

Iced Shortbread Cookies

I like small cookies because I can have seconds, maybe thirds and if nobody is watching, fourths. I’m not admitting to fifths, sixths, tenths or twelfths.

They may not look like it in the picture, but these cookies are only about 1-3/8 inch in diameter. You’ll be tempted to pop them in your mouth like chips.

I’ve blogged about these simple, shortbread cookies before. Click here for the recipe and more pictures.

cutting out shortbread

Roll dough inside a Ziploc bag. Chill. Open bag and cut shapes. No flour necessary.

Dip in frosting and let them dry.

glazing cookies

Dipping face-down goes faster than frosting each cookie individually with a knife.

My insurance man loves these cookies and I’m pretty sure you will too.

Billy and Paula 1976 1

Engaged to be married. 1976

Happy Valentine’s Day, Billy…for the 35th time. (Love that bow…and the curly hair–oh my!–a total aberration.)

Love,
Paula

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Karen February 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

This is exactly how I picture the perfect Valentine cookie. I can’t wait to try rolling the dough in the bag.

Paula, last night I made your dip recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. My family LOVED it. Soon I’ll have an entire section in my recipe box devoted to you:)

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ldh February 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

I am thinking Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. The cookies look fantastic and your photo is gorgeous. I so love the pic of you and Billy. It warms my heart to see the hair and clothing styles since I am of the same era. I used to be terribly embarrassed by the unique look of the 70’s but now I think it fun. Guess I am getting old :) I recently checked out a Flickr group called the 70’s ~ ha! What were we thinking!

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Der February 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

The cookies are too cute! The picture is great!
What a great post for a fun holiday!

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Jill February 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

These are so cute, and shortbread is my favorite kind of cookie. I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!

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Lindsey February 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

So inspirational! These actually seem doable!! :D Thank you for sharing, and all your tips for simplifying. I want to try them. Oh dear: just checked the recipe and am THRILLED these are butter cookies! That decides it: I HAVE to make them next week. THANK YOU!

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Susie February 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

ya know, kent kind of resembles billy 35+ years ago! (in a good way). these cookies are delicious, as usual!

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sis February 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Glad I taste tested the cookies while I was there, because they are not on my “diet” anymore. :+)
I like your pictures selection. (both food and otherwise)

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TheKitchenWitch February 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I love the old photo! Ah, how humbling our past wardrobe choices can be. But those cookies are cuties!

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Paula February 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Yes, Dana. I agree. What’s really distressing is when some of those choices were relatively recent.

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Debbie February 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Totally awesome, both the recipe and the picture. I know what you mean about the “throw back” pictures but you both look great as usual! Nice to know these can and should be made ahead. May try for our Care Group next weekend!!

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Paula February 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

What a sweet cookie and how lovely that you and your Valentine have been celebrating this day for 35 years. Hope you have many, many more together.

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Kathy - Panini Happy February 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I love that sweet little box of heart cookies! Wishing a very happy Valentine’s day to you and your insurance man. :-)

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Michelle February 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm

These cookies are adorable. Who wouldn’t love to receive a box of mini heart-shaped cookies? I don’t have a good shortbread recipe, but I’m bookmarking for later.
35 years! Wow, you don’t hear that very often nowadays. How wonderful!

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Liz February 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Omg this is too sweet! Thanks Paula for sharing this, I already made my valentine chocolates but I’ll try this for our anniversary next month! XD

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit February 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Love your cookies and your photo- oh yes, I remember the 70s! Bite size cookies are perfect for sharing with your sweetheart. :) These look scrumptious!

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KitchenArtistry February 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Wonderful photos!

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stephanie February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I am in love with the baggie technique. Made these today for my boys and they turned out perfect! My new favorite roll out cookie recipe. Thank you!

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Mary February 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I made these for my hubby for Valentine’s. We LOVED them! So very easy to make, too! =)

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Nina February 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Paula – these are adorable and look so easy! LOVE the ziploc technique. Can’t wait to make these with my niece. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love the old photo, btw. xo

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Cakelaw February 15, 2011 at 2:55 am

Happy Valentines Day! An adorable couple, and some adorable cookies.

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Jennette Green February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

This is the most wonderful Valentines gift i have ever come across to offer to someone you love! Thanks for the ideas! really awesome! happy valentine

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Karen February 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

These are too cute, Paula! I like your small cookie theory. :-) Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

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mike February 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

Happy “post” Valentines Day! What wonderful cookies – don’t you love the ziploc method? They’re so cute – and a smart way to make so many!

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Linda February 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My husband & I used to look kinda like that. ;)
I’m racing to try those shortbread cookies – I’ve had that cookbook for awhile & am just now trying some of the recipes. I love her cookbooks so much, I just read them like novels. Thank you for the tip about rolling them out and chilling in between. For so long I have wanted to have those nice straight edges to my cut-out cookies – I’ll give your method a try.

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Katrina February 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I love smaller cookies, too. Same reason as you. ;) I also love crunchy, shortbread cookies, but my husband does not (pooh on him). ;) I could make myself a batch, huh!

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Linda February 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Success! For the first time in my life I have cookies with nice, straight sides. :) I tested these for a reception at my church this weekend–they are perfect–and delicious too! Thank you for sharing!!

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Paula February 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

So glad to hear they worked for you. Hope your reception is a complete success! paula

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Student Pharmacist February 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

This is so cute, thanks for sharing the recipe!! I will have to do this next Valentine’s Day

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Kirsten October 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

I used this recipe to make cookies that looked like candy corns for my daughter’s Halloween cookie exchange. They were so cute and easy and delicious! She’s 8 and helped make them and said they were a huge hit. Thanks!

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Paula October 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Kirsten,
Great idea to make the cookies look like candy corns. Wish I could see a picture. Bet they tasted better than real candy corn.

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