Valentine's Day Shortbread Cookies

Gather the ingredients - * Powdered sugar * Flour * Butter * Milk * Vanilla extract

– Add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand  mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Beat until the butter is light  and fluffy. – With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla extract followed by the powdered sugar and flour. – Once  all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated, add milk 1  tablespoon at a time until the dough forms into a shaggy ball.

– Turn the dough out onto a  lightly floured surface and roll it to 1/4" thick.  Cut out hearts and place the cookies on  the parchment lined baking sheet. – Place the cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes.

– Once the cookies have chilled, bake them for 12-15 minutes, or until the bottoms are just beginning to brown. – Allow the cookies to cool completely on the tray before decorating.

– To make the icing, stir together the powdered  sugar and milk until smooth.  Add a few drops of food coloring and stir  again.  Transfer the frosting to a disposable piping bag and cut a very  small opening in the tip. – Decorate the cookies as desired.

Allow the icing to set before storing.  Cookies can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

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