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Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies have been a favorite of mine for many years. When I looked back, I could not believe I’d never shared this classic recipe from my kitchen.

I absolutely adore these cookies. They are buttery and soft with a cracked sugar glaze that balances the salty cookie, add a layer of dark chocolate, and well I am in heaven!

The dough is simple to make and yields about 12-16 cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutter. If you don’t already have an assortment of heart cookie cutters, click here.

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Once the dough is mixed, place it into a zip-top bag. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into an even block before chilling for a few hours.

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Using scissors, cut the bag, off of the dough block. I love this method for cut-out cookies, it makes rolling the dough out a breeze. Once the bag is removed, you can roll the dough a bit more with a floured rolling pin until it is even and ready for the cookie cutters.

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Cut out the shapes and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Brush the dough with an egg wash and sprinkle with course or decorating sugar. It’s the egg and sugar combination that gives these cookies that glistening finish and crackle crunch once they are baked!

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Is that a beautiful site or what?

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

I used decorating sugar, that’s why the cookies almost glimmer.

Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies

Shortbread Black and White Hearts

1 cup butter softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg

¼ sanding or coarse sugar

1 ½ cups 60% cocoa Ghirardelli’s chocolate chips

Cream Butter and sugar together using an electric mixer.  Add egg yolk, vanilla, and salt, and mix well.  Add flour slowly.  Beat until incorporated.  Place dough into a zip lock bag and press flat.  Chill dough in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll dough on a lightly floured surface cut heart shapes, and place on greased cookie sheets.  Beat egg and brush the tops of cookies, then sprinkle with sanding sugar.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool completely.  Prepare the chocolate by melting it in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each time.  Once smooth, dip cookie hearts into the chocolate ½ way.  Place the hearts on parchment paper until set. 

Pro Tip- For easier dipping, freeze cookies before dipping in chocolate.

I hope you’ll make Shortbread Black and White Heart cookies for someone you love this Valentine’s day, or any day! And be sure and tell me how you like them!

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One Reply to “Shortbread Black and White Heart Cookies”

  1. Always making cookies at home is really a fun. Baking hot cookies with buttery salty flavor is the one that should not be missed. This heart shaped cookie is so appealing to the eyes with double shades to it. Nice.

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Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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