Strawberry Heart Shaped Cookies

40 minutes

easy

50

Strawberry Heart Shaped Cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day—an almond cookie base covered with creamy white chocolate and freeze-dried strawberry powder.

The inspiration behind this recipe was this dreamy cake from my childhood, my favorite! A simple sponge cake filled with freshly done whipped cream and strawberries. Well, the perfect cookie with whipped cream is hard to make, so the closest sidekick to strawberry was the smooth white chocolate. So easy to make the kid can help you with the cutting and decoration. Strawberry Heart Shaped Cookies are sugar cookies with a twisted, nuttier, fruitier, and chocolatier touch that is perfect for your Valentin!

Almond Cookie Base

Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies

The bottom cookie is a simple one, a dry or hard cookie, a bit like a sugar cookie but made with almond powder and flour. It’s a low-sugar cookie, mainly because the white chocolate topping will do the job. The most important step is to make it rest in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to cut the heart shapes, but frankly, one hour would be the ultimate. From there, the kids can step in and cut out the hearts, paint them with the egg wash, and decorate them. Great project for the family on Valentine’s Day!

The Ultimate Combo

Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies

This is what makes those cookies special! White chocolate is already pretty bold flavorwise. As for the strawberries, there is no way a fresh strawberry would work with all its water… So, what tastes about three times as strong as fresh strawberries? Freeze-dried strawberries! Bingo! Plus, being a mom of minis, we all have these dried fruit sachets lying in the pantry, right? Otherwise, it’s easy to find anywhere in the baby food section. Pick a simple freeze-dried raspberry or strawberry bag, and you have a powerful ingredient to finish those yummy cookies!

I tried to mix the freeze-dried strawberries inside the cookie batter at first, but I wouldn’t say I liked the color it turned, and the flavor wasn’t too present. However, this way, added on top as decoration, brings a lovely red color and bold taste!

A Kid-Friendly Recipe

Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Make those little chefs proud of their cookies! I love cooking with my boy! This way, he always eats double when he does it himself! Of course, it’s a given for a cookie recipe, but make him participate in the dinner salad preparation, and you’ll see… when they do it themselves, they can unblock from certain meals by magic!

Tempering of White Chocolate

To melt and temper the white chocolate, I recommend a bain-marie for best results. A small saucepan with barely simmering water underneath an oversized glass or metallic bowl. This way, you won’t burn your chocolate as quickly, and it will melt without problems. Otherwise, if you melt your chocolate directly in a saucepan, do it really gently and turn constantly to prevent a catastrophe.

Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies

The type of chocolate used is up to you, whether chocolate chips or the actual bar. Be careful to choose chocolate made of cacao butter, sugar, and nothing else. Otherwise, you won’t get this nice silky finish you need.

Once melted, keep stirring occasionally the chocolate until cooler (30°C or 87F°). Once the cookies are colder, you are ready to decorate them! A trick to know if your chocolate is ready: dip a small spoon and let it on the counter for 5 minutes if it hardened! You are all set!

Variations

The toppings could be whatever dry fruit you fancy: blueberries, mango, berries, etc., but remember it needs to be an acidic fruit to counter the sweetness of the chocolate. Dried bananas or coconut, for example, wouldn’t work.

Storage

As with other cookies, I would leave the Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. If you want to conserve them a little longer, put them in the fridge for up to a week. Cut-out cookies also freeze well for up to two months. Make sure to cool down your cookies completely on a wire rack before freezing them. Check these recommendations for perfect storage.

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Heart Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies are heart cut-out almond cookies made with smooth white chocolate and freeze-dried strawberry powder. Great project for Valentine's Day with the kids!
4.85 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Other
Keyword: almond, cookies, strawberry, valentine’s day, white chocolate
Servings: 50 cookies
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

The Cookie Batter

  • 200 g white flour
  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 80 g white sugar
  • 80 g almond powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Eggwash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp water

Toppings

  • 150 g white chocolate
  • 12 g freeze dried strawberry powder
  • sparkles optional

Instructions

  • Mix the cookie batter's dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, almond powder, and baking powder.
    ingredients strawberry and white chocolate cookies
  • Mix, by hand or in a stand mixer, the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, water and yolk until homogenous.
  • Pour slowly the flour mixture in.
  • Reserve the cookie batter in a plastic wrap in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • On a clean surface, please take out the cookie batter and cut it into two. Then lightly flour the working space and, with the help of a rolling pin, make a flat sheet of 3mm thickness (Half a penny).
  • Cut the cookies with a heart cookie cutter (5cm or 1-1/2in), and add them to a baking sheet or parchment paper.
  • Make the egg wash and brush on each cookie.
  • Bake on a large baking sheet for 8-10 minutes at 180°C (350F°) (2-3 batches).
  • Melt the white chocolate (technique above in post) in a bain-marie and let rest 5-10 minutes while the last cookies are in the oven.
  • Make a powder with the freeze-dried strawberries in a mortar or sealed bag.
  • Let the last cookie batch cool for 5-10 minutes before decorating with white chocolate, strawberry powder, another layer of white chocolate and sprinkles.
  • Let them cool down for 5-10 minutes before eating.

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Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Heart Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies
Amount per Serving
Calories
118
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
25
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
60
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
30
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
144
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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