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Sweet Valentine’s Shortbread Bites

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These sweet Valentine’s shortbread bites are a wonderful way to say, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day. (Or any day for that matter!) The simple ingredients of flour, butter, sugar, and vanilla combine to create an irresistible buttery shortbread. A little food coloring and Valentine’s sprinkles make them extra special for the holiday.

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Sweet Valentine's Shortbread Bites in a jar with a ribbon around it.

These delicious little cookie bites practically melt in your mouth. They are the perfect little sweet treat to nibble on throughout the day and they go great with coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. Sweet Valentine shortbread bites make a great gift idea for the loved ones in your life too!

Find the full recipe with ingredients, measurements, and directions at the end of this post.

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I fell in love with this recipe last year when I made it for the first time for St. Patrick’s Day. After seeing how much people loved them, I have been anxiously waiting for the arrival of Valentine’s Day to make a special version for the holiday. Sweet Valentine shortbread bites are a wonderful way to say, “I love you.”

What You Need to Make Sweet Valentine Shortbread Bites

This is another one of those recipes with just a few simple and easy-to-find ingredients. When they all come together they make a mouthwatering sweet treat for Valentine’s Day.

The ingredients needed to make sweet Valentine shortbread bites including flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and sprinkles.

  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Almond extract
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Valentine’s Day nonpareils (typically red, pink, and white)
  • Parchment paper

How to Make Sweet Valentine Shortbread Bites

First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang, and set aside.

Next, combine the butter, almond extract, vanilla extract, and food coloring in a bowl. (I only use one to two drops of red food coloring.) Beat at medium speed with a hand mixer, scraping the bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add the flour, sugar, and salt. Beat until well mixed. Stir in nonpareils. The dough will be lumpy.

The crumbly dough for sweet Valentine shortbread bites in a glass bowl with a Valentine’s dish towel and wooden spoon next to it.

Pat the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate the dough in the pan for about 10-15 minutes.

Sweet Valentine shortbread bite dough pressed into an 8-inch pan.

Then, use the parchment paper to lift the dough from the pan and cut the dough into 1/2-inch to 1-inch squares.

Finally, gently place the shortbread squares, 1/2 inch apart, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the shortbread bites for 13-15 minutes or until the bottoms just begin to brown.

Sweet Valentine shortbread bites cutout in small cubes on a cookie sheet ready to bake in the oven.

Make Valentine’s Day Extra Special and Sweet 

Whether you make these sweet Valentine’s shortbread bites to have at home or to give to the ones you love they are sure to comes a new favorite sweet treat. I love to put them in jars, tie them up with some ribbon, and give them to family and friends for Valentine’s Day. They are the perfect gift for teachers, co-workers, and neighbors.

I hope you love these Valentine’s shortbread bites as much as we do here on the farm. There are so many reasons to love them. They are quick and easy to make, they melt in your mouth, and they are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday and spread some love. 

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If you are looking for more sweet treats, you may enjoy these too:

Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops

Valentine’s Day Cookie Mug Huggers

The Best Vanilla Strawberry Cake

Baked Apple Roses

Sweet Valentine's Shortbread Bites in a jar with a ribbon around it.
Yield: 4-6 servings

Sweet Valentine’s Shortbread Bites

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These delicious little cookie bites practically melt in your mouth. They are sweet, buttery, and the perfect treat to nibble on throughout Valentine’s Day. Keeping them in an airtight jar is a great way to store them and gift them to your sweethearts. Take them to work, school, or leave them on the kitchen counter to share with the ones you love. They go great with coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Valentine’s nonpareils (typically red, pink, and white)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang and set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, almond extract, vanilla extract, and food coloring in a medium-sized bowl. Beat at medium-low speed with a hand mixer, scraping the bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add the flour, sugar, and salt. Beat until well mixed. Stir in nonpareils. The dough will be lumpy.
  3. Pat the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate the dough in the pan for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Use the parchment paper to lift the dough from the pan and cut the dough into 1/2-inch to 1-inch squares.
  5. Gently place the shortbread squares, about 1/2 inch apart, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the shortbread bites for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms just begin to brown.
Pinterest Pin for Sweet Valentine’s Shortbread Bites.

  1. Jodie says:

    These look so good! I have to make them!! Yum!

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