Cherry Bakewell Shortbread Hearts

Buttery melt-in-your-mouth Shortbread, bursting with the Cherry and Almond flavours of the classic Bakewell. These biscuits are the perfect Valentine’s treat!

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If you know me, you know I have a long standing love affair with Bakewell Tarts. Specifically the Mr Kipling variety, which I’ll happily gobble up an entire box of in one afternoon! That’s where the inspiration for these Cherry Bakewell Shortbread Hearts came from.

I chose Shortbread as my biscuit type because firstly, it’s my favourite kind of biscuit (sharing the title with Custard Creams and Malted Milks – I just can’t choose!) and secondly, because Shortbread has been so popular with you my lovely readers! In my top recipes of 2015, Lavender and Vanilla Shortbread came in top and my Orange & Vanilla Chai Shortbread has met with similar success, so it made sense to pair my favourite flavour, one of my favourite biscuits, and what you love!

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This is the first of two Valentine’s themed recipes that I’ll be sharing in the run up to February 14th. Whether you’re celebrating with a loved one or with family and friends, these biscuits would be a delicious treat to take along.

This recipe makes about 20 biscuits.

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Ingredients

200g plain flour
100g ground almonds
100g caster sugar
200g butter, diced
200g glace cherries, quartered
1 1/2 teaspoons almond essence

  1. Briefly mix the ground almonds, plain flour, and caster sugar together in a mixing bowl until well combined. Then add the diced butter and rub in with your finger tips until the mix resembles buttery bread crumbs.
  2. Add the glace cherries and almond essence, then bring the dough together into a ball. If you have time, wrap in cling film and chill for half an hour.
  3. Preheat your fan oven to 160’C, line two baking trays with baking paper and then roll out your Cherry Bakewell Shortbread dough to about 1cm-1.5cm thickness. Cut out into heart shapes and place on the baking trays. Leave room for them to spread a little during baking.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until very lightly golden. Keep an eye on them and remove from the oven before they become golden for a classic shortbread bake and look. Enjoy dusted with icing sugar and ice cream for dessert, or simply with a good cup of tea!

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What are your go-to bakes for Valentine’s Day? Do you have exciting plans or prefer a cosy night in to celebrate? Let me know in the comments below or over on my Facebook page!

Happy baking,

Lauren x

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21 thoughts on “Cherry Bakewell Shortbread Hearts

  • February 2, 2016 at 9:11 am
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    These look absolutely delicious and so pretty, perfect for Vantine’s Day. I love Bakewell tart and the mix of almond and cherry flavours. Super recipe thank you for sharing. Sammie.

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    • February 2, 2016 at 9:12 am
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      So happy you like them Sammie! 🙂 with the bakewell flavours I think we can definitely get away with eating them all year round! Enjoy xx

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  • February 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm
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    these look fantastic! I love the heart shapes and the cherries add a red pop for colour too. I love shortbread and I think cherry and almond combo would be wonderful. I’ve never had a bakewell tart before, I’m assuming it’s a shortbread cookie brand? Actually I’ve never heard of it, perhaps we don’t have them in Canada, or at least where I’m from (Ontario). I’m going to try these with my GF AP flour, and make them for my friends and partner for Valentines Day! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂

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    • February 3, 2016 at 7:44 am
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      I’m so glad you like the recipe idea, I’d love to see a photo when you try it out and hope your partner and you love them! 🙂 Bakewell Tarts are a British bake, they are small pastry cases filled with frangipani and raspberry or cherry usually which is where my Bakewell shortbread come from. They are shortbread biscuits inspired by the flavours of the Bakewell Tart 🙂 thank you for your lovely comment!

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  • February 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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    Shortbread rules, so good. I bet even better with cherries!

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  • February 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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    Wow, these sound amazing. I wonder if I can drop some hints to my boyfriend about this recipe…

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  • February 7, 2016 at 5:27 am
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    They look really cute! And they don’t look too difficult to make, but a really pretty result.

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  • February 7, 2016 at 8:05 am
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    These are so pretty and look absolutely delicious. 🙂 Shortbread is my weakness for sure.

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  • February 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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    Me and shortbread have had one very happy and healthy relationship. Lol! Far out but I love it, add some cherry in… Yarm! 🙂 I like to make my colleagues Valentines gifts, this year… this year shall be your biscuits. 🙂

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    • February 8, 2016 at 7:40 am
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      Awwh Anna that is a real compliment, thank you! I hope your work friends enjoy them! May you continue to have a long and happy relationship with shortbread hehe! 🙂

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  • February 9, 2016 at 1:45 am
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    This would make for a wonderful Valentine gift! I think any guy wouldn’t be able to resist hahahaha…

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