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heart shaped cookies

Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Shortbread Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup g=ranulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • food coloring (optional)
  • royal icing (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy– about 2 minutes on medium-high speed. 
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla extract and food coloring, if using, and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour. Mix just until the dough has come together in a ball. 
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer to chill for 15-20 minutes, or until it has hardened slightly. 
  6. Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out until it is ¼” thick. Cut the cookies using a heart shaped cookie cutter that is about 2” across. Transfer the cut cookies to the parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  7. Reroll any leftover dough and repeat the cutout process. 
  8. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your hearts), or until the edges are starting to turn golden brown. 
  9. Allow the cookies to cool fully before icing. 
  10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.