Monday, February 19, 2018

Valentine's Shortbread Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter CookiesThere are generally just two occasions for which I will decorate cookies - Christmas and Valentine's Day.  This time, instead of the usual sugar cookie base, though, I baked a batch of buttery chocolate chip shortbread cookies, which are far tastier, in my opinion, than plain sugar cookies.

The cookies are wonderful on their own, with a cup of strong hot coffee, or dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed nuts, toffee, or a bit of coarse sea salt...

Chocolate-dipped is how I actually prefer them, and how I made them for our wedding almost four years ago.  But royal icing, although very sweet, is a nice blank canvas for a myriad of cute designs, so I mixed up a bowl-full of the stuff, iced all the cookies, and let them set overnight.  While the royal icing sets - which requires patience if you plan on writing on the icing - you can gather your supplies and make any additional chocolate decorations.  I found the cutest little chocolate molds at Michaels, so I melted white chocolate candy coating to fill the molds for the tiny little roses and other decorations I made.  I thought the fancy little oval decorations were perfect to use as "stamps" on my love letter cookies.



Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies



Once the royal icing has hardened, you can start decorating.  My skills at piping tiny details with royal icing are next to nothing, so using an edible food-coloring pen for the details makes this project quick, fun, and something that anyone can do, even your kids.  How fun would it be to bake and ice the cookies, then let your kids decorate them however they please with some colorful food-coloring pens?  Make the notes as naughty or as nice as you would like, depending on who is going to see them.

I chose a simple white, black and pink color scheme, and used a little edible pink luster dust brushed over a few of the cookies and chocolate decorations to add some color.  I just love how pretty and feminine they are.  They're the perfect homemade treat to give to your Valentine.




Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies

Valentine's Day, Valentines Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Heart Cookies, Love Letter Cookies



Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies Recipe
Royal Icing - I use the recipe on my container of meringue powder, and thin out with water
Edible food coloring pens
Chocolate Molds and white chocolate or candy coating
Edible luster dust

Steps:
1.  Bake and cool the cookies.
2.  Ice with the royal icing, then set on cookie sheets and let set overnight, until the icing is hard enough to write on.
3.  Prepare your chocolate decorations, which you can adhere to the cookies with a dab of icing or melted chocolate.
4.  Decorate!

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