Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies are slice-and-bake treats that are loaded with sprinkles, perfect for Valentine’s Day, and don’t even require a cookie cutter!

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies ~ slice-and-bake treats that are loaded with sprinkles, perfect for Valentine's Day, and don't even require a cookie cutter! | FiveHeartHome.com

It’s often the case that the simplest recipes I post end up being the most popular, and this is certainly true when I share any variation of shortbread cookies. I personally adore shortbread because it’s both buttery and sugary which, let’s face it, is what any good cookie should be. It’s also extremely quick and easy to throw together. And while plain, classic shortbread cookies are delicious, shortbread is also fun to jazz up with nuts or coconut or sprinkles or even by turning it into sandwich cookies!

Easy Shortbread Cookies

Today’s Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies are everything their title implies. Making them requires the most basic of fridge and pantry staples. Between their fun shape and their festive red, pink, and white sprinkles, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re super simple to make thanks to the use of a trusty food processor. And best of all, that cute heart shape is achieved without any dough rolling or cookie cutter cutting!

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This recipe was inspired by the Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies that I shared just last month. Remember how I previously mentioned that simple recipes typically do really well? Well, those cookies spread like wildfire immediately! And I have to confess that I made them myself multiple times over the span of December. In fact, I whipped them up pretty much every time I found myself needing a plate of holiday cookies! They were just too quick and easy to make, and everyone who tried them invariably loved them.

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So I decided that if sprinkle-loaded shortbread made great Christmas cookies, it would also make great Valentine’s Day cookies! But instead of just swapping out the red and green sprinkles for Valentine’s Day colors and teensy little hearts, I decided to also try forming my log of shortbread dough into the semblance of a heart. That way when I sliced the cookies, they would automatically be heart-shaped!

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I don’t know about y’all, but I typically avoid cookie recipes that require me to roll out dough and pull out the ol’ cookie cutters. I mean, cut-out cookies are beautiful and I love them and I do make them on occasion, but they’re a lot of work and they take a lot of time. So I’m much more of a drop cookie or homemade slice-and-bake cookie kind of gal. Meaning these Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies are right up my alley!

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Now, I’m going to attempt to show you how I formed the log of dough into a heart through a series of photos below. But I also filmed a few InstaStories when I was making these cookies, and if you’re on your phone and you click over to my Instagram account, you can watch the short instructional “Easy❤️Cookie” clips in my InstaStory Highlights row, which is found between my bio and my photo feed.

Okay, so first I assembled my cookie dough in the food processor. I creamed together the butter and sugar and flavorings…

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…pulsed in the flour, and then quickly blended in the sprinkles.

Valentine Cookies with Sprinkles

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Then I dumped the shortbread crumbles onto a sheet of wax paper.

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Usually, I form and wrap logs of shortbread cookie dough in plastic wrap. But since I knew I would be firmly pressing into the dough to make an indentation for my heart shape, I thought plastic wrap might tear. So I used wax paper instead, though parchment paper would also work.

I first formed my log into a triangle…

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…and then I used a wooden ruler to press an indentation down the center of one flat side to make the top cleft of the heart.

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I did my best to round either side of the indentation for the curved parts at the top of the heart.

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Then I carefully transferred the log to a cookie sheet, tucked the wax paper ends underneath, and popped it into the freezer.

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After about 15 minutes, I pulled the log out of the freezer to mold the heart a bit more (which was easier once it was a little firmer). Then I put it back into the freezer for a few more hours until it was frozen solid.

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Once the log of shortbread dough was frozen, I let it come to room temperature for about five minutes before slicing it with a sharp knife. I aimed to make my cookies between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thick…3/8-inch to be exact, but who’s counting? 😉

Heart Shaped Cookies

If any of the hearts were a little wonky, I shaped the edges a bit with my fingers, and I also pressed an errant sprinkle back into the dough here and there. Overall, though, these heart-shaped cookies were super simple to achieve!

Easy Heart Shaped Shortbread Cookies

And aren’t they cute?! My daughter came home from school and she was totally enamored. I told her we could make them again before Valentine’s Day and that next time, she could help me.

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I actually think these sweet, sturdy little cookies would be perfect for stacking up, wrapping in cellophane bags, and gifting to neighbors, friends, and teachers…for V-Day or simply as a thoughtful, loving gesture! I wrote a simple little gift tag with a sharpie, but if you’d prefer a love-themed note card to accompany your gift, you can find some cute free printables that I shared a few years ago right here.

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Also, I’m totally going to try this log-shaping trick with other types of cookie dough, and perhaps I’ll even attempt other shapes. Heart-shaped slice-and-bake sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookie parallelograms, anyone?

Let me know if you give these Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies a whirl, y’all! They’re fun and yummy and I hope you love ’em. From my heart to yours…💕

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Helpful Tips, Tricks, & Equipment
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  • This is my favorite large rimmed baking sheet.
  • And this is my beloved food processor, which was a wedding gift almost 14 years ago(!) and is still going strong.
  • If your dough is too frozen, the cookies will crumble when you slice them. So allow it to sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting, or until the dough slices cleanly without crumbling but still maintains its heart shape.
  • You could use any long, thin, hard object to make your indentation, but I had a ruler handy and it worked great.

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookie Recipe ~ slice-and-bake cookies that are loaded with sprinkles, perfect for Valentine's Day, and don't even require a cookie cutter! | FiveHeartHome.com

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies are slice-and-bake treats that are loaded with sprinkles, perfect for Valentine's Day, and don't even require a cookie cutter!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  1. Add butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the bowl of a large food processor. Process until smooth (about eight 1-second pulses). Add flour and pulse until mixture looks crumbly and chunky (about six 1-second pulses). Add sprinkles and quickly pulse several more times, until the sprinkles are just evenly incorporated.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of wax paper and form the crumbles into a log that's about 14 inches long. Shape the log so that it has three flat sides, giving the ends a triangular shape (the log should look like a long triangular prism).
  3. Wrap the triangular log with the wax paper. Take a wooden ruler (or another long, thin object) and press an indentation into one flat side of the log. Round the edges of that side to form a heart-shaped log. Place the wrapped cookie dough on a baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes. Fine-tune the shape of the heart (if necessary) and freeze for 2 to 3 more hours or until solid.
  4. Place rack in center position of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove log of dough from the freezer. Allow the cookie dough to come to room temperature for 5 minutes or until just soft enough that it doesn't crack or crumble when sliced. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into slices that are approximately 3/8-inch thick. Arrange cookies an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until cookies just barely turn a light golden color around the edges, between 12 and 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets.
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Adapted from Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

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  1. I think that your blog recipes are the best!

  2. Hi, I am new to your blog, altho, I do own your crockpot cookbook, which I like very much. I couldn’t wait to try your cute heart shaped cookies. I had a problem with the dough, even after the first freezing it crumbled and fell apart. As I can’t stand to waste ingredients I did the only thing I could think of and formed the dough into balls, flattened slightly and baked for 8 minutes. They are delicious but I really wanted then to come out like they were suppose to. What do you think I did wrong? Thanks, Linda

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Linda! I’m sorry your dough turned out crumbly but I’m glad you were clever enough to salvage your cookies. 🙂 The most likely culprit was too much flour…it could have been packed down when you measured it out. Or, if you tried slicing your cookies when they were still frozen solid (before they had a chance to come to room temperature just a bit), that’s probably why they crumbled. Hope this helps and that your dough holds together better if you decide to give the recipe another try! 🙂

  3. Valerie Lane says:

    Can we replace the flour with coconut flour.. I try to make low calorie as well as lower carb.. any tips.. definitely sugar free.. so I will get a sugar free sweetner for the powdered sugar

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Valerie! I’m sorry, but I’ve never made this recipe with coconut flour so I’m not sure if it would work. I have a feeling changing any of the ingredients could result in shortbread dough that doesn’t hold together for slicing, but I could be wrong. Please let me know how your substitutions turn out if you decide to give them a try!

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