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Checkerboard Hearts


2 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon peppermint extract


Makes: 30


Divide 1 dough recipe in half. To one half, mix in 10 drops red food colouring. Wrap each half in clear plastic wrap; freeze 20 minutes.

Divide each half into 8 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into an 8 inch long rope, about ½ inch in diameter. Flatten each on 4 sides to form a square rope. For checkerboard design, place 4 ropes side by side on wax paper, alternating colours. Top with 4 ropes, alternating colours. Repeat 2 more times, forming an 8 x 2 x 2 inch dough block with a checkerboard pattern. Wrap in wax paper; freeze until firm (1 hour).

Cut dough crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices. Using a 2 inch heart shape cookie cutter, cut a heart shape from each slice. Bake as directed.

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