heart shaped cookies

Win their heart this Valentines – make perfect cookies!

You can do this! You need to do this! This is the perfect recipe, which makes perfect cookies, perfectly easily! Perfect! 😀 Well, you wouldn’t want anything less than perfection for your Valentine or Galentine would you! 😛

This a plant based shortbread recipe which can be customised to your liking with different shapes, different fillings, left plain, sprinkled with sugar, or cinnamon sugar, ?a dusting of cocoa, a drizzle of chocolate, a handful of chopped nuts or a mixture of them all!?

The hardest part will be not eating them all before you gift them! ?

The menfolk in my life absolutely love cookies! This week we’ve had crisp but gooey chocolate chip cookies, smarties cookies, and a double batch of these shortbread cookies.

Sugar speckled bitesize shortbread cookies… who could resist!

There are non left at all of anything! I wonder, if they might make these for me (hint hint)! I remember hubby making me cookies once as a surprise! Once that is! That was a hint in a blog post too! 😛 Anyway, I will probably end up making another batch myself for Valentines, although Angie gave me an idea which I might do instead! We’ve been making pretzels recently (recipe will come soon)! and Angie has made hers into Valentines pretzels – amazing!

Talking of Angie, I’m going to whizz these over to this weeks Fiesta Friday hosted this week by herself and the very creative Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook 😛 You really should pop over and join us, you’ll find loads of new ideas, recipes, home inspiration and meet a bunch of wonderful people! 😀 Make these cookies first though! 😛

Plain, strawberry jam filled, minty rock filled, hearts, stars, you choose!
5 from 2 votes
heart shaped cookies
Shortbread Cookies

Delicious vegan shortbread perfect for a Valentines gift!

Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 90 g caster sugar
  • 20 g icing sugar
  • 220 g butter (we used Vitalite)
  • 330 g plain flour (GF if reguired)
  • *strawberry jam/boiled sweets/rock (optional)
  • *chocolate chips/finely chopped nuts/shredded coconut (optional)
  • *sugar/cinnamon sugar (optional)
  1. Put the sugars in a large bowl and using a wooden spoon, beat the butter in until you have a smooth creamy consistency.

  2. Sift the flour in and mix until the dough comes together.

  3. (optional step) If you wanted to add small chocolate chips, or roughly chopped nuts to the dough, you can add these now (divide the dough if you wish). Alternatively use the chocolate/nuts for decorating once cooked.

  4. Roll out the dough to 0.5-1cm thick and cut in to shapes using a sharp knife or cutters. If you want to add centres to your cookies, cut two the same shape, then cut out the centre on one. Stack the cut out cookie on top of the whole cookie and gently press them together. 

  5. Put the cut cookies (allow some space between them) on a lined or greased baking sheet, use a fork to make a decorative pattern (or letters). Sprinkle with sugar if you wish, then place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

  6. Remove from the fridge and fill any centres with crushed boiled sweets, rock or jam (not too full). Bake (in a pre-heated oven) until slightly golden at Gas Mark 5 (375f / 190c) for 12-17 minutes.

  7. Once the cookies have cooked allow them to cool slightly on the tray (they will be soft at first but quickly firm up). Decorate with sugar, cinnamon sugar, drizzled chocolate, or dip half in melted chocolate then sprinkle with nuts or coconut.

  8. Arrange perfectly and wait to be swept off your feet (after all the cookies have been devoured)! 

  9. Enjoy! ?

Tips & Storage
  • Keep in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • Make the dough ahead, wrap and keep refrigerated until use (up to two days). Allow to come to room temperature before rolling and cutting.
  • Add some spices to the dough (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom).
  • Use letters to cut your cookies and spell out ‘I love you’ or ‘Will you marry me!’ or just their name!
  • Make different shaped and decorated cookies so there’s lots of choice.


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Right, back to that decluttering… have a look here if you missed this post!

Speak soon, Have a great week and Happy Valentines! ?

Laurena x


  • Eva 11th February 2019 at 11:22

    Yay, Jammy Dodgers lol. I like all these cute hearts dropping down the screen, by the way☺ Have a nice Valentine’s in advance.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 11:33

      Thanks Eva… I wondered if you might have noticed I had my days muddled up! lol… I spent ALL Friday decluttering my inbox!!! OMGosh! What do you have planned for Valentines?

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 11th February 2019 at 13:35

    They look wonderful, Laurena. No wonder your family inhaled them. And what’s this? It’s raining hearts over here, how cute!! Thanks for mentioning my Valentine’s pretzels ??

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 14:04

      Thanks Angie! 😀 They’re so good! 😀 Oh, but those pretzels though! I’ll try my best to get the shape right! Happy Valentines! ?

  • Judith Graber 11th February 2019 at 13:39

    Your Valentine treats are perfect Laurena – my family loves, loves shortbread cookies. The heart cutout is nice – I’ve made two different sizes of hearts and placed jam in the center of the large cookie and topped it with a smaller cookie. Always a crowd pleaser…

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 14:18

      Thanks Judi 🙂 and lovely to see you over here again! Yes, shortbread is always a winner here too! Ooo, I’ll borrow that big heart-jam-little heart idea! ? Thank you. Have a great week.

      • Judith Graber 11th February 2019 at 19:58

        The jam oozes out the sides of the small cookie – enjoy your busy week I’m sure 🙂

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 22:52

          Yummy! 🙂 I’ll buy more jam this week! You have a great week too! 🙂

  • Rita 11th February 2019 at 16:48

    Love love love, this recipe is a keeper. I buy these cookies, and will make them. HAPPY Valentines Day.

    From a designer angke How do get these hearts to float down on your website?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 16:54

      Hello Rita. Thank you so much (pin it so you can find it when you need it)! We try to make everything to reduce our plastic use! Plus we can make them exactly as we want them – and when we want them! I’d love to see how yours turn out!

      Aren’t the hearts great! 🙂 Just go to your plugins and search floating hearts! Happy Valentines Day! ❤️

  • Kelly | Foodtasia 11th February 2019 at 17:30

    I love the simplicity of these shortbread cookies. Perfect with a cup of tea!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 19:32

      Indeed! Or hot chocolate! 🙂 Thanks Kelly! 🙂 Do you have Valentines plans?

  • Eva 11th February 2019 at 17:33

    Haha, yes, I did notice the different schedule but just put it down to you changing things up like you mentioned a little while back?
    Wow, you must have had A LOT of emails to sort through!
    Hubby taking me to a Greek restaurant on Friday lol- I’ll be having the ‘giant beans’ in tomato sauce…there may be some feta involved?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th February 2019 at 19:40

      Yes! I’ll get there eventually! Still changing things! Making a ‘white space wall’ for better photos (we need a plasterer first)! then something new is coming! 😀 Yes… a tonne (or 40?!) of emails! All calm and lovely inbox at present! Ooo, Greek… dolma for me please, and the beans of course, or aubergine/tomato dish with Greek salad no cheese! 😛 Have a wonderful meal (will you order in English or German? ? ) Now I want to make baklava…

  • Eva Gallon 12th February 2019 at 01:22

    Now you’ve got me salivating at the thought of baklava?I think I’ll be having all those other foods you mentioned too. Actually, I’m never quite sure whether to order in German or Greek haha. The last time we went to one here, the lady was quite offended that hubby barely touched his taramasalata so I switched to Greek, giving an excuse to ‘let us off’- sounds silly, I know. Anyway, have a nice time too and good luck with your ‘white space wall’?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th February 2019 at 08:25

      Lol… that made me giggle. We only use our languages when needed too (sometimes it’s useful when they don’t know you understand?)! Sorting V day plans today, they back to the white space! Have a great day. x

  • Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook 12th February 2019 at 07:55

    “Make these cookies first though!” Ha! I love that. You are a person who knows priorities. 😛 These are so adorable, Laurena. Can you be my Valentine so you could make these for me? 😀 I love the “falling hearts”, btw. Thanks for sharing these at Fiesta Friday party!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th February 2019 at 08:32

      Awww Jhuls… I’d send you some if I thought the post would get them overseas quickly!? Thank you! Yes, priorities indeed- then you can munch and read!? The hearts are pretty cool aren’t they? Thank so much for co-hosting FF. Happy Valentines Day!


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