Friday, February 06, 2009

hearts

I had a heart shaped cookie request for this weeks cookie. Ugh. I guess my children haven't realized I don't really like doing the whole cookie cutter thing.
Then I remembered that the barefoot contessa has a shortbread recipe, that I made in the past, where the dough is just right for cutting.  You know, doesn't get misshaped moving it from where you cut it, to the cookie sheet.
In her cookbook, she dips half of the heart in chocolate.  Really, really delicious and pretty.  I think a stack of those wrapped in a cellophane bag, tied with a ribbon, would make a really lovely little gift.  Just a thought.
I am currently blocking (stretching the you know what out of) my honeycomb cardigan.  I'm not exactly sure but I am thinking it may fit.  (Sorry, Lis!)
Have yourself a wonderful weekend.

49 comments:

TD wool design said...

yes, cookies dipped in chocolate are always good!

looking forward to the sweater shot. enjoy the weekend!

Jan said...

That is a great shortbread recipe - I make it quite often!

Julie said...

I think I'll have to try it! I've been wanting to make heart cookies but I'm not a fan of iced butter cookies but these look perfect. I sure hope for your sake that the sweater fits - can't wait to see pics.

Renna said...

What a great idea to do shortbread instead of regular sugar cookies. I love sugar cookies, but, like you, I hate cutting them out. Mine always end up mishapen. Thanks for sharing the idea and the recipe link!

APA said...

Awwww. Perfect little cookies in the prettiest wooden dish. Sweet, edible gifts that shall be well received!

Elizabeth said...

Your just a big batch of Valentines inspiration this week!

What a pretty cookie cutter - vintage? Everything becomes more decadent with chocolate dipping (although shortbread is already pretty close to perfection in my books). I'm earmarking this recipe for next week.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I love that shortbread recipe! Can't wait to see your cardigan :)

skeinsherway said...

There is always the joy of eating those scraps of dough that don't quite make it into the cookies, no matter how many times to scrunch and reroll... I'm old school, I'm not afraid to eat a little raw cookie dough, and may actually prefer it that way sometimes, I'm just sayin'...
I've got some sugar cookie dough to use up before we have to go gluten free around here (yikes!) so I'd better make the most of enjoying the process this weekend!

I'm sure the sweater turned out great, can't wait to see the pics, well, okay, I can wait, I've working on patience, and I have absolutely no control over when I get to see it, so, yeah, I can wait, but hurry up, okay?

Happy knitting-
ali

funessa said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! My work is hosting a bake sale next week (how cute is that!) for a coworker with cancer, and I want to bring something Valentine's Day-related, but I also hate dealing with sugar cookie dough. I do love shortbread though! Thanks again - have a great weekend!

Poshyarns said...

Good luck with the stretching and I love the cookie pictures, your pictures always make me want to go and bake something, in fact often they actually do make me go and do just that!

Renee said...

I've made these cookies from Ina, they're wonderful.

Happy weekend to you too!

lucky knitter said...

Sweet cookies - I hope the sweater does fit!

Sarah Jackson said...

Yum! We were just discussing heart cookies today. I think I'll try these. You can't go wrong with that much butter.

Courtney Heath said...

Ooh great idea. I picked up this giant lip shaped cookie cutter this year and I think I might try that recipe (although Gluten free as my daughter and I are Celiac) with the lip cookie cutter where the upper or lower lip are dipped in chocolate.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Katie said...

Why, thank you. I would love some chocolate-dipped shortbread.

MadMad said...

I agree about cut-out cookies - what a pain! Unfortunately, I DO love to eat them, though... Can't wait to see the sweater!

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

heart shaped cookies are cool. I think I am making those for Chicken's valentines this year!

Journeying Five said...

the cardigan is gorgeous and the cookies look really yummy!

Nina said...

Shortbread and chocolate, a favorite combination over here in the UK as well! I'm not big into Valentines but these I will definately try.

Nina x

Sissel said...

And a wonderful weekend it will be! I love your cookie recipe tips, great way to start the weekend.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Hearts dipped in chocolate - does it get any better than that?

Amy said...

good luck with your cardigan!
we just made heart shaped cookies last night too...only we made frosted sandwhich cookies out of them and dipped the edges in sprinkles...Zoe loved it!

Erin said...

Yum...I think the heart shaped does make them taste better too.

Looking forward to seeing the cardigan!

sheepish one said...

what a beautiful post: cookies and mention of a blocking sweater. can't wait to see more!

Jessica said...

Cookies and chocolate and knitting are all so wonderful! I love Ina's recipes. I'm making a version of her roasted vegetable soup right now.

stitching under oaks said...

the cookies look delish. i'm sure the sweater does as well.

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Oh yum! I can't tell you how thankful I am for all your Heart posts. You have me seriously motivated and I am cutting out little felt hearts right now instead of the night before Valentines ;)

Alisha said...

I have done that forever with my favorite sugar cookie recipe....just a little dip and boy are they addicting!

We are making some cookies today....I may have to dip a few!

woolywumpus said...

Ina Garten has a few "no fail" recipes for cookies. Yours look delish! I know what you mean about the blocking/stretching - just finished the same technique on a cardi I made for a friend. Hope it works out!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Ina to the rescue--I love her!

Leslie said...

Shortbread sounds delicious, and I love the heart-shaped platter you're using! My go-to recipe for cookie cutter cookies is the Joy of Cooking sugar drop cookies with oil. Not the best name but the cookies are delicious. They're meant to be a drop cookie but the dough rolls very easily and they work very well with the cutters.

Deborah W said...

Mmmm, good idea for Valentine's Day, thx!

Deborah (Just Google Webajeb!)

Kristyn Knits said...

thanks for the recipe leslie!
they are/were delish!

tiennie said...

I love shortbread cookies. All the sweeter when they are heart shaped!

Stacey said...

I love shortbread!!! Yum! Ina Garten always has really great, simple successful recipes!

Marie-Eve said...

These cute cookies are even prettier in this heart plate... You got a beautiful blog.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Fingers crossed for you!

Kara said...

Well, if you have to do a shape, those scalloped hearts are the best choice.

I just did the barefoot contessa's lemon bars this weekend. Love that Ina!

Nell said...

Yum!

thinkingmama said...

I've been wanting to make valentine's day cookie cutter cookies but don't want to deal with the icing part. Thanks for reminding me that shortbread works well! Those look delicious.

Kendall Micayla said...

The pictures really make me want to try it! I have a cookie cutter like that, only it is a star. I think that it is my great-grandma's. They look yummy!

Seanna Lea said...

I have made a ton of heart-shaped decorated cookies (lots of royal icing in my condo) in the last couple of weeks. I have one more batch to go, but I admit that I'm looking forward to a less demanding cookie project no matter how tasty it is.

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