These are a great substitute for children to take to school in lieu of Valentine's Day cards! Use a drinking straw to cut the holes in the pastry.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream 1 cup butter or margarine and 3/4 cup white sugar together. Blend in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel. Sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture and blend well. Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately 2 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a floured heart shaped 1 to 2 inch cookie cutter and cut dough into heart shapes. Place the cut-out hearts on greased cookie sheets.

  • Using the drinking straw, make a hole at the top center of each heart before baking. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until very lightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.

  • To Make Butter Frosting: Mix 3 cups confectioners' sugar and 1/3 cup butter together. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until smooth making sure frosting is of spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring to create a pink or red colored frosting, if desired.

  • After cookies have cooled, frost and decorate them with nonpareils, sprinkles, dragees, or colored sugar. Use a toothpick to dislodge the hole, if necessary. Let the frosting dry.

  • To make a necklace, tie the ends off of two pieces of red colored licorice with a knot. Thread it through the hole at the top center of the cookie. Tie the other ends off with another knot to create a "chain." Makes approximately 30 heart necklaces.

Nutrition Facts

521 calories; 17.8 g total fat; 56 mg cholesterol; 176 mg sodium. 87.2 g carbohydrates; 3.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2006
This idea Jessica is just too sweet for words! I didn't pierce the hole until they were out of the oven as the cookies were still nice and soft. Believe it or not I made these for my teen to take to school and give out to her best buds. I packed the rest of the cookies that were not made into necklaces into a container so she could share them with her lunch table. A couple of heart shaped turkey sandwiches (using my cookie cutter) and a little "love note" made her day. This just proves that even the big kids get a kick out of these special touches. Thanks so much Jessica and Happy Valentines Day! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2008
It may be because I am a busy mother of twins working full time but I found this recipe very time consuming. The cookies are good and look good but I don't think I will go into so much trouble next year. My 3 yrs old were very impressed and proudly brought them to daycare today as Valentine's Day presents. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2006
This idea Jessica is just too sweet for words! I didn't pierce the hole until they were out of the oven as the cookies were still nice and soft. Believe it or not I made these for my teen to take to school and give out to her best buds. I packed the rest of the cookies that were not made into necklaces into a container so she could share them with her lunch table. A couple of heart shaped turkey sandwiches (using my cookie cutter) and a little "love note" made her day. This just proves that even the big kids get a kick out of these special touches. Thanks so much Jessica and Happy Valentines Day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2006
This idea Jessica is just too sweet for words! I didn't pierce the hole until they were out of the oven as the cookies were still nice and soft. Believe it or not I made these for my teen to take to school and give out to her best buds. I packed the rest of the cookies that were not made into necklaces into a container so she could share them with her lunch table. A couple of heart shaped turkey sandwiches (using my cookie cutter) and a little "love note" made her day. This just proves that even the big kids get a kick out of these special touches. Thanks so much Jessica and Happy Valentines Day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2005
This was easy and yummy. I made two batches for Valentines. On the second batch I added a pinch of salt to the wet ingredients and used only 3/4 tsp of baking powder (I could taste it with the full 1 tsp) I did not have any lemon zest and it came out fine without. I also used a smaller heart cutter to make a heart 'window' in the cookie necklace on some it was so cute:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
The cookies and frosting are absolutely delicious. The cookies may even be the best sugar/shortbread cookies that I have ever tasted. I will be making these cookies and frosting again and again. However making the necklaces was very time consuming (adorable but time consuming). I could not find the long string licorice so I ended up having to tie 3 short strands together for each cookie which took a long time. The holes in the cookies also closed up but it was easy to open them using a pointed knife inserted in the back of the cookie and twisting gently. If you have a meyer lemon tree you just have to make these cookies using the peel/zest from the meyer lemon. I still cannot believe how tasty these cookies are and I am not a fan of lemon cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2008
A wonderful sugar cookie recipe. I love the idea of maing it into a necklace to give to friends. I made this with my cooking 4-H club and they enjoyed it and had loads of fun! I omitted the frosting and added 10 drops of red food coloring to the dough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2011
Great Valentine craft/gift. We made a double batch for our girls to make for their classmates. The small sized heart cookie cutters were perfect for making the pendants. We put 2 different sized/colored cookies on each necklace. We live in a very small town and couldn't get red lace licorice so we threaded them on variegated yarn. it worked just fine. As for the recipe it was wonderful as directed. I love the shortbread cookie. I will be making it often! I did make some hearts and heart outline cookies and left them unfrosted. I put raspberry preserves on the full cookie and layered the open heart cookie on top. Such a light sweet take on this cookie. Great with a cup of tea or coffee. We will be making these again! Thanks Jessica! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2007
These cookies are great! I made these for my nephew's kindergarten class..and they loved them! These cookies are great becuase they're sturdy enough to be handled by little kids yet still moist and flavorful! The only changes I made was I used orange extract in place of the lemon zest (I didn't have any) and they had just a nice subtle orange flavor. These cookies are a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
So much fun to make! i used some ribbin. Came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
These where a big hit at my son's Valentines party at school! they tasted great and where fun to make:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2005
These necklaces were so easy to make and my niece had a blast! For the frosting I used thick royal icing- worked out great. The cookies tasted good too- the kids and the adults were all happy- what a deal!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2008
It may be because I am a busy mother of twins working full time but I found this recipe very time consuming. The cookies are good and look good but I don't think I will go into so much trouble next year. My 3 yrs old were very impressed and proudly brought them to daycare today as Valentine's Day presents. Read More
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