Valentine's Day Recipes

Checkerboard Hearts

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Yield: 30


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract


  1. Divide 1 dough recipe in half. To one half, mix in 10 drops red food coloring. Wrap each half in clear plastic wrap; freeze for 20 minutes.
  2. Divide each half into 8 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into an 8-inch long rope, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Flatten each on 4 sides to form a square rope. For checkerboard design, place 4 ropes side by side on wax paper, alternating colors. Top with 4 ropes, alternating colors. Repeat 2 more times, forming an 8 x 2 x 2 inch dough block with a checkerboard pattern.
  3. Wrap in wax paper; freeze until firm (1 hour).
  4. Cut dough crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices. Using a 2 inch heart shape cookie cutter, cut a heart shape from each slice.
  5. Bake as directed.

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