As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Last Minute Valentine

My low carb readers are going to leave me, but I thought someone might need an easy peasy idea for a last minute Valentine treat!  This is it!

♥ Valentine Shortbread Cookies ♥

Cream together 2 sticks (yikes...yes that's 2 sticks!) of butter with 1/2 cup sugar.  
(So now I've lost the low fat readers too.)
Beat until light and fluffy.

Stir in 2 1/4 cups flour and mix until dough holds together.

Add 4-5 drops of red food coloring to tint the cookies a Valentine-y pink.
Mix thoroughly.

Roll out about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out cookies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Bake at 300°F (lower temp than most cookies) for 15 minutes.
(These cookies do not brown.  When you take them out, they will look much the same as when you put them in.  Do not be tempted to leave them in longer or you will get a hard cookie, not melt-in-your-mouth shortbread goodness.)

Allow cookies to cool for 10 minutes; transfer to cooling racks to continue cooling.
When completely cooled, drizzle with melted chocolate chips.
(I melted some chips in the microwave, placed the melted chocolate in a baggie, and cut a tiny hole in the corner.  Then I squeezed the bag as I made a simple back and forth motion.)
Allow chocolate some time to harden.

You can fill a cellophane bag with cookies and give them to your Valentines.

Or serve them at a party.

But be sure to keep one or two, so that you can enjoy it (them) with a cup of afternoon tea or coffee.


  1. Okay, my dear, you've not lost me and I am setting my things out pronto. I who bought cupcakes from the bakery at Wal*Mart today and who thinks that sticking ice cream wafers in melted chocolate sounds like a good idea. ☺ Yup, I'm going to do this!

  2. Looks like the perfect valentine treat to me! I love to take a break in the afternoon and relax with a cup of coffee and a yummy little treat ~ it helps me to be ready for the second shift of the day when the kids get home from school!

  3. Delicious! Shortbread + chocolate = perfect treat!

  4. Yep, you lost me.. I'm outta here. I must be ready to full out diet. I can tell because everywhere I turn I'm hungry. :) You really do know how to make beautiful food!

    Blessings to your family this sweet day, Debbie

  5. Don't quite know how I missed this post. These are so pretty, I just popped over from Vee's blog as she provided a link! xo


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