The Best Shortbread Cookies

Sharing the most adorable Shortbread Cookies with you today, perfect for Valentine’s Day! This is the best shortbread cookie recipe you’ll need, buttery sweet perfection!

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Shortbread cookies are some of my favorite cookies to make and of course EAT! The buttery sweet combo is dangerously delicious. Hope you enjoy my cookies perfect for Valentine’s Day….or really any occasion.

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You only need a few ingredients to create these perfectly adorable Valentine cookies so let’s get started 🙂


What Is A Shortbread Cookie?

Did you know shortbread cookies consist of mainly just 3 ingredients? Butter, Sugar and Flour! I mean, how could they not be delicious? Such a simple recipe with sweet buttery crisp flavor. My favorite!

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Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy like this.

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Add your flour and salt to the bowl.

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There we go, now time to roll it out. No need for chilling in the refrigerator.

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Find some heart cookie cutters in your supply. I used a 3 inch and then a 1 inch to create these cookies.

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Transfer them to your baking sheet.

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Use a spreadable jam of your choice for the 3 inch cookie shapes.

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Perfect, now time to bake!

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While the cookies are baking, make the icing. All you need is powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream.

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The icing should be nice and thick, but spreadable just like this.

Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, place the heart centered cookie on top of the solid heart jam covered cookies. Make sure you spread jam on the inside of the small hearts and top with icing.

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Spread with icing and sprinkle with your favorite sprinkles 🙂

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Aren’t they pretty?! Can’t wait for you to try these!

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Valentine Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches

Give your Valentine the gift of these homemade jam-filled cookies!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 sticks/1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup spreadable jam
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 jar sprinkle balls


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper. Place butter, sugars, flour and salt into stand mixer, mix until well combined and dough forms. Transfer to a parchment lined countertop and roll to about 1/4 inch thick round. Use heart cookie cutters to form cookies and transfer to baking sheet.  Spread a thin layer of jam on only the whole hearts.  Freeze sheet of cookies for 10 minutes before baking. This helps the cookies hold their heart shape.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden. Let cool for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. I like to spread another light layer of jam over the warm cookies that had jam already, this helps the cookies stick together nicely.
  • Place powdered sugar and cream into a bowl, whisking to combine. Add additional cream to desired icing consistency. Frost over cooled cookies and sprinkle with sprinkles. Make sure to use the mini heart shapes to make cookie sandwiches. Sandwich with jam then top with icing. Enjoy!


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Keywords: heart shaped cookies, shortbread cookies, valentines cookies

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42 Responses
  1. Ashley

    These cookies are adorable and look so tasty! I would like to know where you got that jam from, it sounds yummy! Thank you!

  2. Deemarie

    I will be making them with my little Princess for Valentines Day. I told her and She is excited. We made Linzer cookies like this for Christmas.

  3. Blair Lonergan (The Seasoned Mom)

    They’re beautiful! They would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a girlfriend or mom. I appreciate the patience that this type of cookie requires!

  4. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    My Valentine would LOVE these little cookie sandwiches! They’re precious!

  5. Joanne

    These look adorable and very tasty.

    I just tried to make them following your written recipe at the bottom of the page, instead of looking at the pictures and instructions in the blog post (thinking that was an abbreviated version of the recipe that would help me not get greasy fingers on my iPad). The line where you said “Place butter, sugars, flour and salt into stand mixer, mix until well combined and dough forms” I took literally. Now I need to throw it out because obviously all that does is create a dust that will not adhere, not a dough. Just a warning not to follow the written recipe card (or that perhaps it needs to be updated to be a little more specific about creaming butter with sugar first etc.)

    We’re looking forward to eating them, so my little guys and I are going to try it again the other way. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Joanne

      Okay, so a little update: I didn’t throw the dry dough out, I just mixed a bit of heavy cream in with it and it binded it together very nicely. The cookies turned out great! They’re cute and very delicious. Highly recommend.

      1. Orla

        Joanne, thanks so much for commenting here! I made the same mistake as you! I was making these for my sister’s engagement party (they went down a storm!) But made the same mistake. I was so flustered and upset but I saw your comment and regained some composure! I didn’t have any cream so I added an egg instead. It bound the ingredients together perfectly and everybody loved the cookies!

  6. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Such a sweet cookie for , I bet, very sweet valentines! I like that mixer, too!

  7. Terri C

    These are beautiful ! Your mixer is too love that color, and the straws are darling! Happy V Day :).

  8. Deborah Carlson

    Oh these are beautiful!!!
    Perfect for every “love” in our lives!
    Thanks for the share and your photos are gorgeous!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xo

  9. Amanda

    I need to start with that pink mixer and glass bowl! Love it. And then I will make these and eat ALL of them. #justsayin #nosharing

  10. Sadie

    I think the only thing that can make shortbread better is to add some jam and put it in the shape of a heart. I love it! I definitely look for any reason to make things in the shape of a heart this time of year!

  11. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    So cute and (I can tell) tender and flavorful! This is MY kind of cookie. 🙂

  12. shelly (cookies and cups)

    I love jam and shortbread…add some icing to that and you have the perfect cookie!

  13. bridget {bake at 350}

    Jenny! These are so perfect and pretty! That strawberry/raspberry filling sounds amazing, too!!!

  14. Julie @ Table for Two

    I want that jam!! Strawberry & raspberries sound so perfect together. I love these shortbread cookies – they’re just way too cute and super festive 🙂

  15. Heidi @foodiecrush

    I would have to say these are indeed fancy, and look divinely buttery and flakey, my favorite cookie.

  16. Cassie | Bake Your Day

    These are stunning, Jenny! I love the sound of that combo preserve you used!

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Jenny they’re beautiful! You have more patience than I do, but clearly, they’re worth it!

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