I am not sure how this tradition started, however, Valentine’s Day has been something that my family has celebrated as a time of togetherness, love, and connectivity. In the last few years the ladies on my mom’s side of the family have celebrated by hosting a Valentine’s Tea at my mom’s house. Let me tell you that curating a tea is much more in-depth than I first thought! When we were planning the tea my mom happened on this recipe that she has saved from a handful of years ago. The fact that the recipe called for extra virgin olive oil was an added bonus!
To say this fun play on a traditional shortbread cookie was a hit was an understatement as this has quickly become a family favorite. Adding olive oil gives this cookie added richness and has less butter than the more conventional recipes. Not a huge fan of the herb thyme? I say, give it another try, it might just surprise you. Or swap out thyme for another herb like rosemary or basil.
Whip this up, pop a cookie in your mouth, pretend you are taking a picnic, and imagine the beauty surrounding you.
From the May 2019 Shape.com – Shape magazine
The first time we made this recipe we made them into the squares. Honestly, we preferred the playfulness of the heart shaped ones! I say when you are in the kitchen, bake with love and experiment and see what shapes, sizes, and thickness you want to play around with on these cookies.
As my mom says, when you bake with love you taste the difference and your body feels the difference.
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