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Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Shortbread cookies for Valentine’s Day have to be heart shaped.  A buttery sturdy Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookie Recipe was just what I needed for a beautiful Valentine’s Day Party.

Here in Ohio, we get very gray in February. The bright bold red color of Valentine’s hearts is perfect for a tea party. Hearts are one of my favorite shapes, so when I am planning a party in January and February hearts are my go-to decoration. And hearts are the shape of any food for any party.

Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookies on a white counter with a polka dot key tag that says love.

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The first thing you will need to find is the “Perfect” shape cookie cutter. There are so many to choose from so be creative. Use the cutter that speaks to you and says Valentine’s Day Card you gave and received as a kid in elementary school.

Valentine’s Heart Shortbread Cookies are the perfect cookies as they are buttery and melt in your mouth.  They also hold up very well and can be made weeks ahead and put in the freezer.

two Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookies on a white counter with a red key tag that says love, the cookies have red and white sprinkles.

Of course, every cookie for Valentine’s needs a tag so I designed a beautiful key tag with my Cricut Explore Air. I made two designs, one that just simply says “Love” and the other “…to my heart”.  The shortbread cookies are soft and melt in your mouth but they do stand up to being put in little baggies. I tied a ribbon around the top and attached it to each bag key.

If you have a Cricut and want to upload the Key Tags to cut and Print, Click Here to get your Free Design, or click the picture below.

two clear bags of heart shortbread cookies with a red and white pokea dot key tag that says love.

I know that this cookie will work well for my Valentine’s party because I made these cookies by the 100’s for my daughter’s wedding shower.  My best friend and I got together one Saturday and made about 200 of them in the shape of a teabag for her tea party-themed shower. We wrapped each in a clear bag and put them in the freezer and on the day of the party they were “Perfect”

Because they were such a success at the shower, and lots of compliments, I know these were the cookies for my Valentine’s Party. Super easy to make, light a buttery, and easily made ahead of time so you do not have to make all the food for a party the day before.

five Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookies on a dark red plate with red and whit sprinkles

For Your Next Party, you need this 12-page beautifully designed Workbook Tips & Trick, Manners & Etiquette, for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Baby/Wedding Showers, & Birthdays. The E-Book is full of fun facts and tips to make your next party a success. 

 5 Tips for the Perfect Shortbread Cookie

  1. Place your butter on the counter at least 2 hours before you want to bake. If you want to bake sooner than your butter is ready, you can place it in a bowl and microwave it for 10 sec at a time, but be careful not to melt.
  2. Make sure you mix the butter and the sugar in your stand mixer or hand mixer for at least 2 minutes.  The more the butter and sugar are fluffy the better the cookie.
  3. When you add the flour, only mix for a few seconds, it is even best to add the flour by hand. The less you stir the better the cookie.
  4. Place the dough, even if it is crumbly, on plastic wrap on the counter and form a ball with the plastic wrap.
  5. The dough must go in the refrigerator for at least one hour to firm up and to be able to roll and cut.
6 Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookies on a red and white plaid plate with a red rick rack ribbon, with red and white sprinkels

Supplies Needed for the Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookie:

heart shaped Shortbread cookies on a red plate with a red rick rack ribbon
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Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookie

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Melt in your Mouth Shortbread Cookies 


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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Parchment Paper


  1. Have the Butter at room temperature.
  2. Whisk the flour & salt together (for best results Whisk flour before measuring).
  3. In the large bowl of your mixer put in the butter and mix for at least 1 minute to fluff.
  4. Add the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time with the mixer is going, then beat for at least 2 minutes.
  5. Scrape the sides of the bowl often.
  6. Now add the Vanilla.
  7. Add the flour ever-so-slowly and just until mixed, it is best to mix by hand if you can.
  8. Do Not Over Mix.
  9. It may not look all mixed together that is ok.
  10. Put a large piece of plastic wrap on your counter.
  11. Dump the dough onto the plastic wrap, it will be crumbly.
  12. Put your hands under the plastic wrap and form the dough into a flatfish ball.
  13. Wrap it well and put it in the refrigerator for about an hour.

When Dough is Chilled

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. On a floured rolling surface place the dough. If it is too cold it will not roll, if too hot it will stick. If too cold use your hands to warm but do not overwork.
  3. Roll the dough out to the desired thickness of about 1/4 inch, and have a lot of flour at the side of your board to help you keep everything from sticking.
  4. Cut out your heart shapes or any other shape you like.
  5. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet about an inch apart.
  6. Put your tray with the cookies in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 min. Please do not skip this it keeps the shape of the cookie.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes if you want them to be light brown.
  8. Remove and put on a cooling rack.


  • You can microwave the sticks of butter for 15 seconds at a time to soften but do this slow and watch.
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  1. I agree-rolling them between parchment before chilling is a great way to do it but sometimes you don’t have all that space!
    Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!

  2. I love the hole you made in the cookies for the tags – that is genius! Now I’m craving cookies…

  3. Yum! I love a good sugar cookie. One tip I might add is to roll the cookies out before refrigerating (between two sheets of parchment). It’s so much easier than rolling cold dough. The parchment also helps prevent dry cookies that can happen from having too much flour when rolling. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. Susan these are adorable and hubby loves shortbread so these look perfect! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday – don’t forget to add your links so all your readers can join the party too!

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