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A Puzzling Cookie Valentine

Magazine article Sunset

A Puzzling Cookie Valentine

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BE MINE? LOVE YOU? What will the valentine reveal? Sandee Cameron creates a sweet mystery with her Love You to Pieces shortbread valentine. With the help of her two young sons, she uses chocolate bits to stud an abbreviated billet-doux traced on the super-size heart. Baked whole, the warm cookie is then cut apart randomly and presented as a puzzle.

What will your puzzle valentine say when assembled?

Love You to Pieces

Shortbread

2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature

About 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate baking chips, small candy-coated chocolates, or raisins

In a food processor or with a mixer, combine flour, sugar, and cornstarch. Add butter, in chunks. Whirl or mix until dough is well blended.

Scrape dough onto a lightly buttered 14-by 17-inch baking sheet. Using hands, pat dough out 1/4 inch thick, then shape into a heart that is about 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide. …

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