Heart Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies
Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies are heart cut-out cookies great for Valentine’s Day. Made with an almond cookie base, covered with creamy white chocolate and freeze-dried strawberry powder. You’ll make a heart whole with this bite!
The inspiration behind this recipe was this dreamy cake from my childhood. Which I believe was called Framboisier. It was a basic moist vanilla cake filled with fresh raspberries and topped with loads of shaved white chocolate pieces! It was, and still up to this day, my dream bite! The bite I would dream of finding back, a taste I’ve tried to reproduce in the form of cookies. I can confirm: Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies are a bite closer to heaven!
Almond Cookie Base
The bottom cookie is a simple one, not a soft chewy one. Although, I’ve tried to lower the sugar amount since the cookies were getting covered in white chocolate. It’s a standard cut-out cookie, that needs to rest in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes, to be able to cut the heart shapes. From there, the kids can step in and make the hearts and paint them with a bit of egg wash.
The Ultimate Duo of Strawberry & White Chocolate
This is where I’ve tried to bring in the flavour! White chocolate is already pretty bold flavorwise. As for the strawberries… 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 fruits sachet 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 got yourself a powerful ingredient to finish those yummy cookies!
I tried to mix the freeze-dried strawberries inside the cookie batter at first but I didn’t like the colour it turned and the flavour wasn’t too present. However, this way, added on top as decoration it brings in the nice red colour and its bold taste!
A Kid-Friendly Recipe
This is a fun recipe to make with the kids! Make them cut the hearts and do the egg wash, and in the end, decorate the cookies! Make those little chefs proud of their cookies! I love cooking with my boy! This way, he always doubles like it when he does it himself! Of course, for a cookie recipe it’s a given, 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 boiling water underneath a bigger metallic bowl. This way you won’t burn your chocolate as easily and it will melt without problems. Otherwise, if you choose to melt your chocolate directly in a saucepan, make sure to do it gently and turn constantly to prevent a catastrophe.
Also, you can use whatever shape you prefer, whether it’s chocolate chips or the actual bar. Be careful to choose chocolate made of cacao butter and 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 also cooler, 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!
Also, the toppings would be whatever dry fruit you fancy. Could be blueberries, mango, berries, etc. but keep in mind it needs to be an acidic fruit to counter the sweetness of the chocolate. Dried bananas or coconut for example wouldn’t work.
I would, as with any other cookies, leave these in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 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, up to 2 months easily. Make sure to cool down your cookies on a wire rack before freezing them. Check these recommendations for perfect storage.
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
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp water
- 150 g white chocolate
- 12 g freeze dried strawberry powder
- sparkles optional
- Start by mixing in a large bowl the cookie batter's dry ingredients; the flour, almond powder and baking powder.
- Mix, by hand or in 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 minimum 30 minutes.
- On a clean surface, take out the cookie batter and cut into two. Then lightly flour the working space and with the help of a rolling pin make flat sheet of 3mm thickness (Half a penny).
- Cut the cookies with a heart cookie cutter (5cm or 1-1/2in), add them to a baking sheet or parchment paper.
- Make the egg wash, and brush on each cookies.
- 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.
- In a mortar or sealed bag make a powder with the freeze-dried strawberries.
- 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 set for 5-10 minutes before eating.
These turned out so well! Making them again for Valentine’s Day
I made these cookies with the kids over the weekend and they were so fun! The kids love them!
These are so fun, festive and fabulous!
How cute are these?! Perfect to celebrate the day of love with!
Love this combo of strawberries and white chocolate in the cookies – absolutely delicious!
How sweet! I know my husband would love a few of these on Valentine’s Day. I bet that dried strawberry powder really adds a pop of flavour and it looks pretty too!
- Priya Srinivasan
Oh these strawberry white chocolate cookies look gorgeous and perfect for the valentine’s day celebrations!
how cute are these Strawberry & White Chocolate Cookies!! they totally saved the day for my DD’s bake sale. everyone loved it and was SOLD out!
The sweetest little cookies. We are making them for my daughters birthday as she wants to share them with her friends.
- passionate foodie
very nice recipe. Love this combination of white chocolate and strawberry. Can we make this strawberry powder at home by drying strawberries?
These look so pretty, and they sound so delicious. I can’t wait to make them!