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Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

Last week my heart shaped chocolate strawberry ice cream sandwiches were a huge hit, so I couldn't resist giving you one last heart shaped cookie recipe for Valentine's Day: chocolate dipped shortbread hearts! I just bought a new heart shaped cookie cutter and I have to make the most of it while I can. I've been craving shortbread like mad lately and will finally satisfy my urges when I make these cookies. Although the recipe calls for dark melted chocolate I'll make a batch dipped in white chocolate as well. A domestic goddess can never have enough cookie recipes (or cookie cutters for that matter). To add this one to your collection,

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts
From Martha Stewart

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon canola oil or pure vegetable shortening

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined.
  2. On slow speed, beat in flour and salt until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 1/16-to-1/8 inch thick. Cut out hearts with a 2-inch heart cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet; chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 300º with a rack in the center. Press the tines of a fork into each cookie to make designs.
  5. 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.)
  6. In the top of a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Stir in the oil.
  7. Dip half or one third of each cookie into the chocolate mixture. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to dry, or place them on a piece of parchment paper in the freezer for 10 minutes. Serve.
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