These cute Valentine’s Vanilla Shortbread Cookies are the perfect recipe idea to make for him this Valentine’s Day! 5-ingredient, easy, cute, and delicious, a buttery heart-shaped sandwich cookie with a jam filling that melts in the mouth!
Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies are so delicious, light, and pretty, they win both at the first glance and the first bite!
These cute Valentine’s Cookies are perfect to enjoy it with a coffee or tea any day, but perfect for making it for Valentine’s. You can make it as well, for any other festive occasion, and choose the shape that fits. I made them for Christmas, birthdays, baptisms… They will beautify every table and fascinate anyone. In fact, they are very simple to make.
Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies are another idea for a present. Pack them in transparent cellophane, tie with ribbon and make a beautiful gift for dear people. With this present, you will certainly not make a mistake!
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How do You Make Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies?
Making the dough for Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies is easy and very similar to other butter cookie doughs, with basic usual ingredients – butter, sugar, and flour. Vanilla and jam give them that adorable taste.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, beat the butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla sugar. I am a “fan” of vanilla sugar for cookies, and always I have it at home, but If you prefer you can use vanilla extract instead.
Beat until well creamy, scraping bowl often, and reduce speed to low. Add flour gradually, beating until just well combined.
Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or overnight. As I already wrote in the recipe Cream Cheese Butter Valentines Cookies, for various reasons – cookies are better as more as you chill the dough, and when I make cookies that dough should be chilled in the refrigerator, I prepare the dough a night before.
So, plan your time well, counting on cooling the dough. Except this, this cookie dough is so quick and easy to make.
Roll out the half of dough at the 1/8-inch thickness, and cut with a 2 or 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies on cookie sheets with parchment paper, about 1 inch apart. Bake about 8-10 minutes, until edges are very lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, roll out the second half of the dough, and using the same cutter, cut out more hearts but this time cut out the centers using a 1 ¼ inch wide heart cutter to make heart-shaped frames. Re-roll the trimmings and cut out small hearts to make heart-shaped frames. Repeat, rerolling scraps, until you spend the whole dough.
For Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies I found that is the best lingonberry jam. For different occasions and different shapes of this cookie, you can experiment with different jams, or, moreover, different frostings. For Valentine Day I wanted to jam what is the reddest of red jams. 🙂
The only suggestion is to blend it a little (to compound), to get a more plain surface when you spread it on. In addition to color, lingonberry jam is acidic and refreshing and gives a great balance to sweet cookies, sprinkled with more confectioners’ sugar. Leave Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies to set a while after you make “sandwich” form, and enjoy!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar and more for a sprinkle
- 2 vanilla sugar 0.32oz (Dr. Oetker) (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
- 2 cup flour, and more for dust
- ½ cup lingonberry jam
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment on medium speed, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla sugar (vanilla extract), until fluffy.
- Add flour gradually, beating at low speed, just combined.
- Divide the dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for minimum 2 hours.
- Preheat oven at 300 F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut out cookies using heart shaped cookie cutter (the bigger one, about 2 or 3 inches). Place cookies at cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart.
- Bake at 375F up to 10 minutes, or until edges start to get lightly brown.
- Meanwhile, cut out more cookies, and cut out their centers with 1 ¼ - 1 ½ cookie cutter (to make top-layers). Repeat, rerolling scraps, until you spend the whole dough.
- Take out cookies of the oven, leave on baking sheet 1-2 minutes and cool completely at the cookie rack.
- Sift confectioners’ sugar over cookies.
- Spread jam on each plain cookie and top with cut-out tops.
Valentines Vanilla Shortbread Cookies can be stored in your cookie jar up to two weeks.