Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Peppermint Shortbread Valentines

Dear Friends,

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,

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