Crisp crumbly strawberry heart shortbread biscuits made with freeze-dried strawberries. These cute biscuits are perfect as a snack at any time of year or as a Valentine's gift. My kids also love them in their lunch boxes or as an after school snack.
These strawberry flavoured shortbread biscuits have a delicate strawberry flavour and a light crisp texture. I used quite a small heart-shaped cutter so each shortbread biscuit was only a couple of mouthfuls. This means you really don't need to feel guilty about eating them! And as it's Valentine's Day soon, it's the perfect time to make them as well.
These strawberry heart shortbread biscuits are perfect to take into work, to carry around in your bag as a snack or to give as a gift. But they are especially good to put in the biscuit tin at home, which is where mine are right now! Or at least they were when I last looked.
I made these shortbread cookies using freeze-dried strawberries which are a great way of flavouring shortbread. I first used freeze-dried berries in some lovely blondies and I knew that freeze-dried berries would be just as good in a shortbread biscuit.
A biscuit idea for Valentine's Day?
Shortbread is lovely at any time of year but make strawberry flavoured shortbread and it's the perfect romantic bake. Apart from chocolate, berries have to be the next most popular Valentine's ingredient. This fruity flavoured shortbread is very hard to resist!
So, what are you waiting for? If you need a Valentine's day baking project, get on it!
What ingredients do you need for these?
To make these strawberry flavoured biscuits I used:
- Butter - I use unsalted and add just a little salt but you can use salted butter too.
- Caster sugar
- Flour - I use a mixture of plain flour and cornflour. It gives the biscuits a lovely light texture.
- Salt - This is optional and the biscuits don't taste salty but I do think it helps with the flavour.
- Strawberry flavouring - I have used both liquid strawberry flavouring and freeze-dried fruit powder to bump up the strawberry flavour. Both work well so it depends what you prefer. You can even miss it out and just add the freeze-dried strawberry pieces.
- Freeze-dried strawberry pieces.
How do you make these strawberry flavoured shortbread biscuits?
I make these biscuits in the same way that I make my regular shortbread biscuits. I just add in the freeze-dried strawberry pieces and the freeze-dried strawberry powder if I'm using it.
Before starting I line a couple of baking trays with non stick baking paper so the biscuits don't stick in the oven.
To make the process easier I use the food processor to mix the butter and sugar together and then I blitz in the flour, cornflour and salt. Once they are combined I just need to quickly bring the dough together on the work surface with my hands, adding in the freeze-dried strawberry pieces.
At this point you can put the dough in the fridge to rest before rolling out the biscuits. Or, you can roll out the biscuits and then put the biscuits in the fridge to rest before baking them. It is best if the biscuits are cold when they go in the oven so they keep their shape and don't spread as much.
They will bake quickly in the oven if they are small like these ones. I find 12-15 minutes at 160C is enough.
How do you flavour the shortbread?
I use freeze-dried strawberry pieces to flavour these shortbread biscuits as they are the ultimate romantic berry.
To use freeze-dried berries, you just add the pieces to the shortbread biscuit dough. It's as simple as that! So, if you do have a favourite shortbread recipe, just add some freeze-dried berries. You don't need to alter the rest of the recipe in any way.
To add a little extra flavour you can add a little strawberry flavouring or some freeze-dried powdered fruit. I think it enhances the taste just a little. However, this is totally optional and you can leave it out. Don't feel you have to buy strawberry flavouring or two kinds of freeze-dried strawberries just to make these!
Can you adapt these strawberry heart shortbread biscuits?
Yes of course! To begin with, they don't need to be heart shaped. Any shape will do!
If you don't need to use freeze-dried strawberries. Try another freeze-dried fruit.
If you don't have cornflour, use all plain flour.
If you want to change the colour, add some gel food colouring to make them a romantic pink or red.
Can you decorate them?
Yes, why not drizzle them with white, milk or dark chocolate? Or dip one side in chocolate?
How long do these shortbread biscuits keep for?
These strawberry heart shortbread cookies keep really well in an airtight container. They will stay fine for at least a month although they never last that long in our house!
Can you make your own powdered freeze-dried fruit?
If you just have freeze-dried fruit pieces and want to make them into a powder you can blitz the fruit pieces in a blender or food processor.
Can children make these biscuits?
Yes, these biscuits are great for making with your kids. The children and I make homemade shortbread biscuits all the time in our house. We make them for fun: kneading, squashing, squeezing and moulding the dough, just like play dough.
We manage to get about half of it on the baking trays ready for the oven and the rest gets swept up from underneath the table and thrown in the bin. It's not a good idea to overwork biscuit dough but I've given up and we still enjoy the biscuits.
Sometimes though, not very often, just very very occasionally, I sneakily make biscuits all by myself. I follow the rules and try to make something a little bit special, just like when I made these 5 little ducks went swimming one day biscuits!
Are you looking for more valentine's Recipes?
These heart shaped treats are the perfect way to spoil your loved ones this Valentines day. Or any day. After all, you don't just have to make these biscuits for Valentine's day or even for a special day.
Strawberry Shortbread Hearts
- 225 g unsalted butter softened
- 110 g caster sugar
- 225 g plain flour
- 110 g cornflour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon strawberry flavouring
- 7 g freeze-dried strawberry pieces
- Cover 4 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
- Put the sugar and butter in a food processor. Blitz until thoroughly combined.
- Put the dry ingredients in another bowl and stir together then add to the food processor along with the strawberry flavouring. Blitz again until a dough just starts to form and then add the freeze-dried strawberry pieces.
- Blitz again then turn out onto a work surface. Bring together to form a dough. Roll out to a thickness of about 5 millimetres and use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes you want. Place them onto the baking trays.
- Put the baking trays into the fridge for half an hour to chill.
- Preheat the oven to 160C
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Let the biscuits cool on the trays for a couple of minutes then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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