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A puzzling cookie valentine.

BE MINE? LOVE YOU? What will the valentine reveal? Sandee Cameron creates a sweet mystery with her Love You to Pieces shortbread valentine. With the help of her two young sons, she uses chocolate bits to stud an abbreviated billet-doux traced on the super-size heart. Baked whole, the warm cookie is then cut apart randomly and presented as a puzzle.

What will your puzzle valentine say when assembled?

Love You to Pieces

Shortbread

2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature

About 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate baking chips, small candy-coated chocolates, or raisins

In a food processor or with a mixer, combine flour, sugar, and cornstarch. Add butter, in chunks. Whirl or mix until dough is well blended.

Scrape dough onto a lightly buttered 14-by 17-inch baking sheet. Using hands, pat dough out 1/4 inch thick, then shape into a heart that is about 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide.

With the tip of a skewer or sharp knife, write a message on the heart, scoring lightly (it's helpful to write the message first on a heart-size piece of paper). If you don't like the results, pat smooth and try again. Press chocolate pieces into lines.

Bake cookie in a 275[degrees] oven until pale gold, about I hour. At once, cut cookie with a sharp knife into 6 to 10 pieces of random shapes, but leave in place until cool.

With a wide spatula, gently transfer pieces to a large platter or board, disassembling the heart and message. Serve, or wrap airtight up until the next day; freeze to store longer. Invite your youngest (or other selected) guest to reassemble the puzzle and read the message. Break into chunks to eat. Makes a 1 3/4-pound cookie, 12 to 16 servings.--Sandee Cameron, Burlingame, Calif.

Per ounce: 129 cal.; 1.1 g protein; 7.5 g fat (4.6 g sat.); 15 g carbo.; 67 mg sodium; 18 mg chol.
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Author:Bateson, Betsy Reynolds
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Date:Feb 1, 1992
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