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By Shannon O'Donnell

These cute, quick Valentine's Day cookies are so simple:  with only 4 main ingredients, they are a cinch to make.  Add perky pink non-pareils for a festive look, or dip them in chocolate for a more indulgent treat.  Dyeing the dough with food color is also an option, if you're so inclined...!  I've also done these for baby showers, but used little bottle/bear/stroller/bib shaped mini-cutters instead.  The possibilities are endless!

 

'LOVE BITES' COOKIES

 
Ingredients:
 
* 2 sticks butter, softened
* 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
* 1/8 tsp salt
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 
(Optional)
 
*  1/4 cup pink nonpareils
-or-
*  6 oz melted dark chocolate chips
 
 
Directions:
 
1)  In a large mixing bowl, blend butter and sugar until fluffy.
2)  Mix in salt.
3)  Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until well-blended.
4)  If desired, add in nonpareils.
5)  Roll out dough between 2 sheets of floured waxed paper until 1/2 inch thick...don't go too thin, as you'll want a good 'bite' to your love bites!
6)  Wrap rolled dough in plastic bag and refrigerate anywhere from an hour to overnight.
7)  Heat oven to 350°.
8)  Using small 1" heart cookie cutter, cut out bite-sized heart shaped cookies.  Re-roll dough as needed to use it all up.
9)  Place cookies on baking sheets 1/2" apart and bake 14 to 18 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and cook completely.
10)  If desired, dip hearts in melted chocolate.
 
Makes 4 to 6 dozen cookies. 

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When she's not forecasting, Shannon O'Donnell enjoys putting together tasty, season-appropriate meals and goodies for her friends and family.

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