Jen's receipts are always so tempting, aren't they? This chocolate shortbread receipt was particularly attractive to me because peppermint and chocolate are two of my favorite ingredients. I could just see (and taste!) them in my mind...doves and hearts, iced beautifully, just like something out of one of Tasha's books (maybe All for Love? edit: the one copy we had on our rare book shelf has been sold)!
This "love dove" is my favorite of all the cookies. I must admit I tried to make pink icing for these cookies. I knew I should have taken the time to find my gel food colors (somewhere in the back of the baking cabinet), but instead I reached for the easily found liquid red coloring. I knew better, I really did; but I learned my lesson again. The frosting was a day-glo pink/red before I could help it. Gel food colorings are best for delicate mixtures! While my finished product didn't quite measure up to the rather ornate images I had in my mind, I think they are marvelously fun! Tie them up in a cellophane bag, add a handmade valentine, and love will be in the air!
Baking on cold Vermont days,