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Everyone had a "hay day" when our daughter, Naomi, married Philip Shellenberg. Naomi's grandma, Lilly Person, who has made these tender cookies for 48 years, fixed them in the shape of hearts for the wedding. They got gobbled up in a "heartbeat".
Cut the dough for these crisp cookies into heart shapes...or form into letters to spell out sweet nothings to your sweetie. "These are our favorite sugar cookies," writes Marilyn Wheeler of Ellijay, Georgia. "They're one of the homemade treats I love to bake for friends and neighbors."
The combination of cool peppermint and chocolate makes these treats from Renee Schwebach of Dumont, Minnesota nearly irresistible. Put the frosting mixture in a pastry bag and decorate the cookies with designs such as stars, snowflakes or Christmas trees, or words like "Joy" or "Noel".
I make these cookies for my family and our neighbors every Valentine’s Day. The heart-shaped treats stay soft for at least a week, and they look so pretty frosted bright pink and then piped with lacy frosting.—Carolyn Walton, Smoot, Wyoming
These unique cookies have been a part of our holiday tradition for as long as I can remember. My mother made them when I was little, and now I often bake a batch for my own family.—Mindy Young, Hanover, Pennsylvania
For a dramatic presentation, I dust dessert plates with cocoa powder and drizzle on a bit of melted raspberry fruit spread. I place a couple of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies in the center, along with some fresh rasberries, lemon zest and a sprig of mint.
Vineland, New Jersey