Celebrate Valentine’s Day and wow your family with delicious melt in your mouth Heart shaped shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate. It is so simple to mix together the 5 ingredient cookie dough to make these buttery cut out cookies. You will have so much fun seeing the smiles on your children’s faces as they cut out the cute heart shapes.
Baking treats is a great way to involve kids in the kitchen. The fun then continues when the cookies cool and you can help your little ones dip in melted chocolate and decorate with all different kinds of sprinkles.
Shortbread cookies are rich and buttery and melt in your mouth. This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a no-spread cookie. After the cookie dough is rolled and cut into shapes and placed on the cookie sheet, refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes before baking. This ensures that the cookies will not spread and hold their shape.
Valentine’s Day Party Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies
Easy Valentin’s Day Heart Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate are perfect for a Valentine’s Day tea party or Valentine’s Day dinner. The heart shapes express your love and the chocolate and sprinkles add a special deliciousness. The cookies just take a few ingredients and freeze well if you need to make them ahead of time.
For my daughter’s wedding shower we made these exact cookies to decorate the tables for close to 100 ladies. For the shower tea party, we made the cookies in the shape of teabags and froze them three weeks before the actual party. The teabag-shaped shortbread cookies were a fun gift to take home and remained delicious even after freezing.
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- Flour Sifter
- Stand Mixer
- Silicone Spatula
- Pastry Mat
- Parchment Paper
- Rolling Pin
- Heart Cookie Cutters
- Plastic Wrap
- Cookie Baking Sheets
- Cooling Rack
- Sugar Pearls
How To Make Shortbread Cookies
Making shortbread cookies is very easy with only 5 ingredients to mix. However, it can be tricky and therefore frustrating. Follow these simple instructions to make sure you have the best cookie without frustration.
2 to 4 hours before you want to make shortbread cookies take 2 sticks of butter out of the refrigerator and set them on your counter. The butter needs to be soft or the cookie dough will not mix. I have made these cookies in the winter and had to pop the butter even after 2 hours in the microwave to get it soft I’m not to mix.
When measuring the flour and salt, take a whisk and whisk up the flour in your flour bag or container before you start. Flour that sits too long gets compacted, and if you have to match flower window again will not mix well but deep crumbly.
Use a spoon to dip out the flour into your measuring cup, and level off the flour with a knife to get an exact 2 cups of flour. Use the same procedure when measuring the salt, level of salt with a knife, and the teaspoon to make sure you get an exact amount of salt. The measurements for shortbread cookies need to be exact or the dough will be too crumbly or too soft.
When adding the ingredients into your stand mixer both the sugar and flour needs to be added slowly. This allows you to judge whether your ingredients are mixing correctly. You do not want to overmix this sought because the more it is mixed or the more extra flour that is added will make the cookies toffee instead of tender. Right when the dough starts to form, stop the mixer and place the dough onto plastic wrap on the counter.
Form the dough into a ball using your hands around the outside of the plastic wrap, touching the dough as little as possible. Place dough into the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. The refrigeration of the dough makes the butter hard again and makes the cookie dough able to be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Using your hands, flatten the job into a disk onto a Pastry mat, or your floured countertop. Your hands will warm up the dough enough that it can be rolled into 1/4 inch. Remember not to use too much flour or the cookie will be tough, but use enough on your surface and rolling pin to make sure the dog doesn’t stick.
Now is the time when you have little ones to get the kids involved to help you cut out fish beautiful shapes. My cookies were made for Valentine’s Day so I made all of the different shapes of hearts❤️.
But at Easter, I use the bunny 🐇 cookie cutters and egg-shaped 🥚 cutters cookie cutters. I have 4-leaf Clover’s 🍀for St. Patrick’s Day, flowers 🌺 for Mother’s Day 🌺, flags 🇺🇸for 4th of July, leaf 🍁, and acorns for the fall, turkeys 🦃 for Thanksgiving, and traditional shapes for Christmas 🎄.
Yes, I have a lot of cookie cutters, three bins in fact. One of my favorite childhood memories was making cut out cookies with my mother when we had kids I went a little overboard on the cookie cutters.
Once the cookies are cut into beautiful shapes, placed them on a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. This helps the cookie hold its shape.
After the time in the refrigerator, bake your cookies for 8 to 10 minutes in and 350° oven. When done, take the cookies immediately off the cookie sheet and put them on a cooling rack.
When the cookies are cool you can get them into all kinds of chocolate, and decorated them with all kinds of sprinkles. This is where all the fun begins with your little ones, enjoy the creativity, and enjoy the cookies, they will not last long as they will be eaten up fast.
How to Decorate Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies
If you want to dip the cookies in chocolate, make sure that the cookies are completely cool. I melt my chocolate in a glass measuring cup with a handle. You can use a double boiler over a pot of simmering water, but I have good luck just using the microwave. Start with 30 seconds at a time, and keep hearing for 30 seconds until you can stir the chocolate and it is smooth.
Make sure that you do not have any water in the cup or on your spoon. If you get water in the melting chocolate it will “seize” up, or become gloppy and unusable. It has happened to me and you just have to toss the chocolate out and start all over again.
Set out a cooling rack on top of plastic wrap or wax paper to catch the drips. You can dip the cookies in the chocolate or I used a spoon to pour it on so that the cookies did not break. Have fun and decorate with all kinds of sprinkles or what I used, sugar pearls. There are so many different colors and sprinkle that the possibilities are limitless.Print
Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookie.
- 2 cups of white flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
6 ounces of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips melted
6 ounces of white chocolate chips melted
Sprinkles or sugar pearls.
- Wisk or sift together the flour & salt.
- Place the 2 sticks of room temperature butter in a stand mixer mixing bowl.
- Mix the butter for 1 minute.
- Add the confectioner sugar a little at a time and mix for 2 minutes.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl as you go.
- Add 1 tsp of Vanilla
- Slowly add the flour mixture just until the flour is incorporated into the mix. (do not over mix)
- Turn out the dough onto a plastic wrap and form a ball.
- Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours.
- When ready to make the cookies preheat the oven to 350°.
- Place the dough on a clean counter or rolling pad with flour.
- This is the tricky part. If the dough is too cold it will crumble, if too warm it will be sticky.
- Have extra flour on hand but not too much as too much flour will make the cookies tough.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4 of an inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes or any shape you want.
- Place the cookies on a parchment baking sheet and put them in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. This helps them hold their shape.
- Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are very lightly browned.
- Cool on a cooling rack.
If your dough does not mix it may be that the butter is not soft enough. I had to put my room temp butter in the microwave for 15 seconds to get it to mix and hold together.
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