Whether you are celebrating the “V” Day or not, you have to make this Sweetheart Shortbread Cookie. Call it shortbread cookie if you like and treat yourself to this easy delicious cookie. You deserve it, any day of the year.
If you are following my blog, you probably know that I am all for anything shortbread cookie. I’ve made several variations of shortbread cookie and o still feel I cannot get enough of it. Shortbread is so easy to make, so versatile and so delicious. Whether you make it plain, dipped or flavored, you always get the creamy buttery cookie which makes this cookie a favorite of many people.
I do not celebrate Valentines Day but I like the idea of making something for that day, for those people who celebrate it. In general, I use baking as an excuse to bake something for any occasion. Shortbread Cookie is so far my most used cookie of all tine. I use it for any day cookie, Holiday cookie, Valentine’s Day cookie, Easter Cookie, Mother’s Day, this is just to name a few. They are so versatile it can easily be transformed to fit the occasion. So, this time around, we are transforming this shortbread cookie into a Valentine’s Day theme cookie. Bring out your cookie cutter, let’s start rolling and cutting this dough!
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The steps are very simple, the ingredients are very basic, you only have few key things to remember if you want to have a nice buttery crisp smooth shortbread cookie. Since this cookie does not have a lot of ingredients, a lot of the taste will be coming from the butter and vanilla extract for flavoring. So, use a good quality butter and only pure Vanilla Extract (if using). Spending few more for quality ingredients can go along way. Let’s get started!
About This Recipe
- Ease in Making the Recipe:
- Super easy! You can make this with stand or hand mixer. The dough itself comes in just few minutes, just like any of my shortbread cookie recipe. I used my Classic Shortbread recipe which is very versatile and a good start to many shortbread variations. The good thing about shortbread cookie is that not only they ate quick to make, but it also requires only few ingredients. If you are a beginner in baking and looking for a cookie to start with, try making shortbread cookie. You don’t have to worry about over spreading, being to thin or thick. This cookie is very easy to make. Trust me. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this.
- Ingredients: Shortbread cookie uses very few ingredients. Butter, flour, sugar, salt are the basic. You can add vanilla extract for flavoring but it is optional. Most of these ingredients are probably something that you already have if you had been baking, and if not, no worries as they are basic and easy to find. Now, with regards to the dipping chocolate, you can use and type of melting dipping chocolate. I happen to have this Strawberry flavored white chocolate which I bought just for this recipe. You don’t have to go crazy finding the same one, you can use dark or semi-sweet chocolate. I often go for dark as it is my favorite, it’s your choice.
- Texture, Taste & Flavor: Oh!!! I always say this for all my shortbread cookie if I am ask how it taste. Buttery & creamy which is how shortbread should be. The cookie itself have a nice snap when you bite into tip. It holds its shapes nicely and doesn’t crumble apart. Now the chocolate flavor of this cookie is one of a kind. I do not expect you to find the same, but if you happen to see something similar, go for it. I used a Strawberry flavored melting chocolate. It uses powdered freeze dried Strawberry mix with white chocolate. All pure, no food colouring or artificial flavoring. The chocolate taste so good! It has the tangy taste of Strawberry which worked well with the creamy shortbread cookie. I’ve made this before using dark chocolate and they were also amazing.
- Make-Ahead: You can make the dough 3 – 5 days in advance. Wrap it in a plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. Another option is to roll and cut the cookie and freeze it for future baking. This is what I do all the time. It’s easier amd the cookie is ready to bake straight from the freezer when you have a cookie craving or you have friends coming over.
How to Make Sweetheart Shortbread Cookie
This dough can be made using a stand mixer, hand mixer or food processor. The instructions below uses a stand mixer, while the video uses food processor. As you can see, using food processor is the easiest way to make this cookie dough. But you do not have to have one, a stand mixer or hand mixer is the common way most people do it. The only difference is the state of the butter. When using stand or hand mixer, use softened butter. This will allow the mixture to combine easily. While when using food processor, since it can easily handle hard butter, cold butter is the best one to use. Food processor method is simply putting all ingredients in the processor. Here is how you do it.
Make Shortbread Cookie With or Without Food Processor, It’s Possible
Using Food Processor – Recommended
There are two ways in which I normally make my shortbread cookie, but often times I used my food processor to make the dough. Using a food processor allow me to use a really cold butter that’s straight out of the fridge. Using cold butter makes the dough firmer and more manageable, it lessen the spreading of the cookie and early browning of the cookie during baking. Oftentimes, I don’t even have to chill the dough as it is good enough to to immediately roll and cut. But there’s exception, Summer time! Yes, I find that making a mostly butter based cookie is tricky when the weather it hot. The heat in the kitchen soften the dough quite easily, which means more chilling is required before rolling and cutting it. But that’s me really an issue here, we only have 4 months of warm weather, and there’s always my fridge to help me chill the dough. So, if you have a food processor, take it out and make use of it to make Shortbread Cookie. It will be such an easy breezy process.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a food processor, you can still make this Shortbread Cookie. Use a room temperature butter and use a hand mixer instead. Hand mixer should be able handle soften butter without any problem. The downside of this method is that the dough will require chilling to make it easier to handle. The cookie dough will be soft and it will be sticky to roll and cut, and so chilling is mandatory. Simply chill the dough in the refrigerator until it is manageable for rolling and cutting. You will know if it was chilled properly when it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin or on the surface when you start rolling it, or when it doesn’t break or tear easily. You can also use a soften butter in food processor, just remember when a butter is soften you will need to chill the dough, ALWAYS!
Tips in Making Shortbread Cookie
- Sift the Confectioner’s Sugar: Icing Sugar or confectioners sugar tends to have lumps, so sifting is recommended for a smoother cookie texture. Sift the sugar first using a flour sifter of a regular sieve then measure the required amount.
- Chill the Dough After Cutting: Regardless if you use soften butter or cold butter, it is still suggested that you chill the cut cookie in the freezer at least 15 – 30 minutes. This is VERY important to help retain the shape when you bake the cookie. A soft cookie when baked will spread a lot, resulting to a thin cookie, and worst a deformed cookie.
- Same Size, Same Thickness: It is very important to have the same size and thickness for the cookies so that they all bake at the same time. If you have some thicker and bigger than the other, it will not be bake the same time as the other pieces. 1/4-inch thickness is the ideal thickness for this cookies. Make it too thin and it will get burnt or crunchy too soon. You can use a ruler to measure the thickness. Sometimes it is quite easy to spot a thin cookie once you get the hang of making it. I would say thicker is better than thinner. Thicker will require more baking time, but at least it will not burn as easily when you have it thin.
- Do NOT Over Bake: You’ve probably heard this countless times when making a cookie, Do NOT over bake. Bake at 18 – 20 minutes only, check at 15 minutes mark. If the side starts to brown already while the center is still white and soft, that is ok. Shortbread cookie are very fragile cookie, plus it is a butter based cookie which makes it susceptible over baking if not monitored. Take the cookie out when you notice the side starts browning while the top is still pale. The cookie will continue to cook as it cools. Baking time should be adjusted if baking a frozen shortbread cookie straight from the freezer. Add 1-2 minutes (more or less).
Can I Use Granulated Sugar Instead of Icing Sugar
Technically, you can but the texture will NOT be the same. Icing sugar have a fine powdered texture that makes the cookie smooth and creamy. It also blends well, and dissolve easily thus producing a better cookie texture.
The Dipping Chocolate
You can serve this plain, but why would you when you can dip it in chocolate? You can use dark, semi sweet or white chocolate. You can even make it Matcha flavor like what I did in my Matcha Shortbread Cookie. The chocolate coating makes this cookie extra special, so do not skip it. Trust me on this, I am a self confess Shortbread addict and I have several shortbread variations below to prove this. Check them out and watch some of the videos.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Butter – softened at room temperature if using hand-mixer (If using a food processor, use COLD butter)
- 1/4 cup Confectioner’s /Icing sugar (Sifted – Sift first before measuring) – for sweeter cookie, make it 1/3 cup
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/3 teaspoon Salt (you can increase the salt up to 1/2 teaspoon maximum)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)
- 240g Dipping /Melting Chocolate
- 20g melted Chocolate (for drizzling on top)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a silicone mat or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar using hand mixer (or stand mixer if making a larger batch) for about 1 minute.
- Food Processor Method: Alternatively, this can also be made using a food processor, which is my recommended method just because it is faster and easier. No need to manually mix it with your hands as it come together into a cookie dough in juts few minutes. This method gave a better manageable cookie dough, it also lessen spreading of the cookie and early browning while baking. If using this method, use a COLD butter instead of softened butter. Add all ingredients in the food processor and process until dough start to clump together, about 2 minutes.
- Add Dry Ingredient: Add salt and flour and continue to mix until mixture forms a soft dough (it will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing and it will form a dough). Once the mixture becomes crumbly, use your hands to mix the dough until it clumps together to form a cookie dough. You can of course continue using the hand mixer until it start to clump together but be patient as it will take a bit of time using hand-mixer.This is why I suggest mixing it using your hands once it gets crumbly.
- Shape the Cookie Dough: Take the dough out from the bowl and form into a cohesive ball. If it is too soft, wrap it with plastic-wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or until manageable to shape without sticking to the rolling pin too much. So far I had great success on using it immediately without chilling. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thick on a surface dusted with flour or powdered sugar (recommended) with a well-dusted rolling-pin. If your dough is not sticky, you can skip the dusting of sugar. Cut into heart shape (or any shape you like) and place on prepared baking sheet, spacing about at least 1-inch apart. Repeat as necessary. The cookie will not spread, the spacing is just for the air circulation and even baking.
- Alternatively, you can also use cookie press to shape the dough. Use the dough without chilling it. If using for cookie press, stick to 1/4-cup icing sugar. Adding more sugar will make the dough more compact and will not be suitable for use in cookie press.
- Other options are to bake it in a 5-inch square (shortbread stick) or round pan (small batch) or 7 – 8 inch tart pan and cut it into wedges.
- Chill: Chill for 30 minutes in the freezer. This will help the cookie hold its shape while it bakes. Do not skip this step as it is crucial to retaining the cookie shape as it bakes especially if you are using more than just basic shape like round or square. You can also freeze the cookie dough up to 3 months. Shape before freezing. No need to thaw when ready to bake.
- Bake: Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until the edge of the cookies starts to turn golden brown and the center is still pale and soft. Check on 10 minutes mark to avoid over baking. Let cool on baking sheet. Baking time depends on the size and thickness of the cookie, adjust as necessary.
- Store baked cookies in a resealable container or plastic bag. I like to store mine in the refrigerator but it can also be stored in room temperature provided it is not coated with chocolate.
- Dip in Chocolate: To make this themed to Valentines day, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter. And to make it even more align with the occasion, I had it dipped in a Strawberry flavored melting chocolate. I dipped the entire top with melted chocolate and also drizzled some white chocolate on some. You can use dark, semi-sweet, white or any flavor you like. Matcha or espresso flavored white chocolate is a good option too.
Makes 15 heart shaped cookies (this could depend on the size of the cookie cutter)
How to Freeze Shortbread Cookies
One of the thing I like about shortbread cookie is it freezes well. To freeze the shortbread cookie, you have two options to do this.
- Slice & Freeze: Slice into the size and shape that you like then arrange it in a pan lined with parchment paper. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until solid hard and no longer sticky. Transfer in a ziplock bag and freeze up to 2 – 3 months.
- Shape as a Log & Freeze: Shape the Shortbread Doug into a log shape and tightly wrapped with plastic wrap. Store in a ziplock bag and freeze up to 2 -3 months. Thaw for about an hour before slicing and baking.
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie
If you want to make this cookie extra special and extra sinfully delicious, I highly recommend dipping it in melted chocolate. You only need to add 1 extra step, and that is dipping it in melted chocolate.
- To do this, let the Shortbread Cookie cool down first.
- While waiting for it to cool down, melt your chocolate. If you can find a dipping chocolate, that would be the best option. Dipping chocolate hardens as it cools and is not sticky, unlike chocolate chips that remains slightly sticky even when it solidify. You can find melting or dipping chocolate in specialty store, just ask for a melting or dipping chocolate. If you cannot find one, use at least the baking block chocolate (like Baker’s Chocolate, Ghirardelli, Godiva etc). Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt it in the microwave at 30 seconds interval until completely melted. Do this gradually as chocolate could burn easily when heated in high heat in microwave.
- Alternatively, you can also melt it over a simmering water. Pour water in a pan, bring it to a boil then lower the heat just enough to keep the water hot but not boiling. Transfer the chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl and place it on top of the simmering water, making sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water. Keep stirring until fully melted.
- Dip each cooled cookie in the melted chocolate and arrange in a pan lined with parchment paper or on a silicone mat. Leave at room temperature to harden or if you are in a hurry, put it in the refrigerator until the chocolate coating is completely solid.
How to Use Shortbread Cookie Dough as a Tart Crust
This Shortbread cookie dough can be used as tart crust. This makes a perfect tart crust for fruit tarts and custard tarts. It is still the same creamy and butter shortbread, but molded in a tart pan. Watch the video on how to do this.
I love eating shortbread cookie on its own, but I enjoy it even more when dipped in melted dark chocolate. The smooth buttery texture complements well with the dark chocolate. Every bite melts in your mouth! Such an easy breezy treat for something so deliciously good.
- You can use either flour or powdered sugar to roll out your cookies of it is sticky, but I prefer powdered sugar. Too much flour can toughen the cookie, but as long as you watch the amount of flour, it should be fine. I did not have to use any for this recipe as it always comes out perfect for rolling and cutting.
- Remember, size and thickness matters. The bigger and thicker your cookie, the more baking time you need. So, adjust your baking time accordingly.
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie
If you want to make this cookie extra special and extra sinfully delicious, I highly recommend dipping it in melted chocolate. You only need to add 1 extra step, and that is dipping it in melted chocolate. Watch the video to see how to make it.
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Strawberry & White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie is a lovely delicious twist to my classic Shortbread Cookie recipe. The base is a creamy, buttery shortbread cookie with a layer of white chocolate and Strawberry paste and finish off with slice of fresh Strawberry coated with white chocolate. Every layer of this shortbread is perfection, they just seem to work well together.
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This Match Glazed Shortbread Cookie has a smooth, creamy and buttery texture plus a heavenly white chocolate matcha glazed on top. Yes, it is over the top sinfully delicious just like my other Shortbread cookie recipes. Shortbread cookie is one of my favorite cookie of all time. For me, nothing beats a simple satisfying cookie that always comes out perfect. There’s no hit and miss here, what you see is what you get.
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