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