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