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 the month of February. The bright bold red color of valentines hearts are 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.
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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.
Valentines 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.
Of course, every cookie for Valentines 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 to each bag a key.
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I know that this cookie will work well for my Valentines 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 tea bag for her tea party themed shower. We wrapped each in a clear bag and put them in the freezer and on the day the party they were “Perfect”
Because they were such a success at the shower, lots of compliments, I know this was the cookies for my Valentines 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.
5 Tips for the Perfect Shortbread Cookie
- 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 for 10 sec at a time, but be careful not to melt.
- 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.
- When you add the flour, only mix a few seconds, it is even best to add the flour by hand. The less you stir the better the cookie.
- Place the dough, even if it is crumbly, on plastic wrap on the counter and form a ball with the plastic wrap.
- The dough must go in the refrigerator for at least one hour to firm up and to be able to roll and cut.
Supplies Needed for the Perfect Valentines Heart Shortbread Cookie:
- The Perfect Heart Cookie cutter
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (if making the tags)
- Clear Party Bags
- Heart Gift Tags already made
- Heart Ribbon
- Printable Sticker Paper
- Cutting Mat
- Rolling Pin My Favorite
- Cooling racks
- Parchment Paper
- Plastic Wrap
- 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
- Have the Butter at room temperature.
- Whisk the flour & Salt together (for best results Whisk flour before measuring).
- In your large bowl of your mixer put in the butter and mix for at least 1 minute to fluff.
- Add the confectioners sugar a little at a time with the mixer is going, then beat at least 2 minutes.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl often.
- Now add the Vanilla.
- Add the flour ever-so slowly and just until mixed, it is best to mix by hand if you can.
- Do Not Over Mix.
- It may not look all mixed together that is ok.
- Put a large piece of plastic wrap on your counter.
- Dump the dough on to the plastic wrap, it will be crumbly.
- Put your hands under the plastic wrap and form the dough into a flatfish ball.
- Wrap it well and put in the refrigerator for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- 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 over work.
- Roll the dough out to the desired thickness about 1/4 inch, have a lot of flour at the side of your board to help you keep everything from sticking.
- Cut out your heart shapes or any other shape you like.
- Place on parchment lined cookie sheet about a inch apart.
- Put your tray with the cookies in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 min. Do not skip this it keeps the shape of the cookie.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes you want them to be light brown.
- Remove and put on a cooling rack.
- You can microwave the sticks of butter 15 seconds at a time to soften but do this slow and watch.
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