Are you starting to think all we do around our house is bake cookies and chocolate cake?

Unfortunately, it’s not. Brussels sprouts, tomato soup and enchiladas have made their way to our table lately too.  However, since it’s Friday, and the end of a good week, filled with good news, I’m going to share one more sweet treat to celebrate it in the form of some heart shaped, shortbread cookies.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are an easy cookie to make, but do require a little planning ahead.  The dough needs to be chilled a couple hours before rolling out for baking.  I used white whole wheat flour (accounting for the slightly darker color), but all purpose flour can be substituted.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour, plus more, for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined.
  3. On slow speed, beat in flour and salt until combined.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out hearts with heart cookie cutter.
  7. Bake until just beginning to brown around the edges, about 18 minutes. (Cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days.)
  8. In the top of a double boiler or heat-proof bowl set over simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally.
  9. Dip one third of each cookie into melted chocolate.
  10. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to dry, or place them on a piece of parchment paper in the freezer for 10 minutes.
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Today, I’m participating in a local blog hop, sharing some Valentine’s Day treats and activities, be sure to check out the links below.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Find many more ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day by visiting these wonderful local blogs:

Finding JoyValentine’s Brunch Donut Display

This Homemade LifeChocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

OmahaHa – Do this. Not that. Valentine’s Day Omaha style

Chicks Dig DealsRice Krispie Treat Hershey Kisses for Valentine’s Day

Liv, Laugh, Love52 Love Letters

Mom Saves MoneyFrugal Gifts for Valentine’s Day

The Spirit of Saving7 Family-Friendly Activities to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Omaha

13 Responses to Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

  1. These look so yummy – we will have to try them out. We love making cookies together! Thank you for participating in the Blog Hop!

  2. Melanie says:

    Mmm–shortbread cookies are on of my favorites. My Grandma always made them and I still use her wonderful recipe/ I love the idea of substituting whole wheat flour. I guess I could just grind white wheat on a fine setting. I am excited to try that! I am new to your blog and I love it! Your pictures are beautiful, by the way:) I am the mother of boys too (5 actually)
    Take care–hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Nicole says:

    Yum! I love that your little one helped dip the chocolate. :)

  4. Nikky Pierce says:

    These look so yummy! I will have to make these with my boys:)

  5. Trying that one bowl chocolate cake today actually!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Oh these are perfect – I just love the simplicity.

  7. Heather says:

    These are the perfect Valentine Day Treat – they have made it onto the list of must bake this weekend!

  8. sandra says:

    really nice. I am waiting for my little helper to be able to accomplish this. maybe he’s ready.

  9. Jen says:

    YUM! Since they’re made with love, they’re calorie-free, right? ;) I am glad you were a part of the blog hop!

  10. Candace says:

    I’m making these in Easter egg shapes & decorating with icing! I made the dough last night & refrigerated overnight in plastic wrap but I just pulled it out to start rolling it & it is as hard as a rock! I followed the recipe… Any suggestions?

    • Alison says:

      Candace, I would let them sit out for a bit to soften. The dough should also soften more as you begin to work with it. I love your idea to make them into Easter eggs!

  11. Candace says:

    Great! Thanks!!

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