Happy Valentine's Day!
Scottish Shortbread 4 dozen
2 cups butter softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 to 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 3 3/4 cups flour and mix well.
Turn onto a floured board. Knead for a few minutes, adding enough flour to form soft dough.
Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into shapes. If I'm in a hurry, I just form into a rectangular shape and cut into strips then into small bars. Put on ungreased sheets and bake 325 for 20 minutes....or till cookie is lightly browned.The traditional shortbread is pricked with a fork. I made some heart shaped ones this year and following the shape of the cookie...pricked with a skewer all around the cookie and frosted the middle only. Some others were shaped into bars, and then when cooled...dipped into chocolate.Here's the recipe for dipping chocolate.
2 cups choc. chips melted in microwave with 4 tsp of shortening.
These cookies keep so well. I just put them in tupperware containers and refrigerate. I only refrigerate if I'm keeping them a long time. I just got an idea in my head....a large heart shaped cookie, pricked with a skewer all around. A larger hole at the top of the cookie with a tiny red ribbon. Very cute for decorating.
We began this day with chocolates, and pearls....a musical card for Joe that pictured Lady and the Tramp and a button to push that played Dean Martin singing That's Amore.The day will end with dinner at a favorite restaurant. I believe in celebrating all the holidays. It makes life more interesting and fun. So, in my old age...you will find me celebrating my heart out throughout the year.
While I'm typing this a pretty pair of red finches are outside my window, on the feeder. He is feeding his lady this morning. A wonderful day of love around the world.