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Shortbread dough is just right for children to help make, because it is most tender when mixed with fingers and hands. After the dough has been chilled and rolled out, you can trace your child's hand into the dough. When baked, it is a delightful gift for mom or grandma on Mother's Day. Photo by Sue Doeden

Shortbread spoons are filled with love

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My love affair with shortbread began seven years ago with my first bite of a homemade heart-shaped cookie that melted in my mouth. Rich, buttery dough had been packed into cast-iron heart-shaped molds and baked until they were set but not brown.


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