Monday, February 14, 2011

Something Sweet on Valentine's Day

Whether you have someone sweet on Valentine's Day or not, having something sweet is always a must.

This weekend Alex and I went to an Anti-Valentine's Day party at our new friends Veronica's and Margaret's apartment. Couples were permitted because the fete doubled as a house warming. I wanted to bring something homemade, but also a little sweet, so I went to expert for these great little shortbread bites.

I had never made shortbread before. It is not only super easy, but also super buttery, sweet, and delicious. Add some dried cherries and almonds and the flavor is kicked up an extra notch. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any time you need a little something indulgent.

So, Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Hope you enjoy something or someone sweet today!

Cherry Almond Shortbread (From Martha Stewart)
Makes 16 Cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


Heat oven to 325 degrees.with a rack in center. Combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. 

Beat with a wooden spoon until combined but not too creamy. Stir in dried cherries and pecans.

Pat dough evenly into an 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan. 

Bake until just beginning to turn golden, about 20 minutes. Place pan on cooling rack until cool enough to touch, about 20 minutes.

Run knife around edges, remove shortbread, and transfer, right side up, to work surface. Slice into squares and use a paring knife to trim stray bits of cherries from edges.

Cookies will keep for 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.

1 comment:

  1. I love making shortbread. This recipe sounds like a winner! Happy valentines Day :)