Heart-Shaped Chocolate Shortbread

Good morning, and happy chilly (read: frigid) V Day! Is everyone else as officially over this arctic weather as I am? Being from the east coast, I truly don't mind the cold. However, when it is painful to set foot outdoors, all of that goes out the window. And seeing that it is painful to endure today's single digit temps, it seems only right that I should stay in and bake something cozy. Enter, chocolate shortbread. The best part about these cookies? You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now - they don't even require eggs! Plus, they're cute for Valentine's day, if you're into that sort of thing.

To make this oh-so-simple recipe, sift together 2 cups of flour with 2/3 cup of cocoa powder and set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream 2 sticks of softened butter with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, and a splash of vanilla. (I literally never measure vanilla extract. I know, I like to live dangerously.) Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined, then roll out onto a sheet of wax paper until it is about 1/4" thick, and place in the fridge to chill.

After half an hour, remove from the fridge, and cut into heart shapes. Place on a baking sheet (you can fit lots on here, as they don't spread when baking) and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Allow to cool fully and decorate (or not) as desired. I melted some chocolate and used pink and silver decorating sugars because I was feeling fancy. Though these are equally wonderful eaten sans decor.

Obviously, this recipe is not V Day specific, but those little hearts are just so damn cute. And being that you surely have all the ingredients on hand - you don't even need to run out for eggs! - there really is no excuse not to make these today. Go ahead, I'll wait. Oh, and if you have any left over, send them my way. XO