Jam Heart Cookies

Jam Heart Cookies, a recipe that embodies love in every bite you take! Made with rich and tender pasta frolla, these cookies offer a melt-in-your-mouth experience, making them the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day or to add a touch of elegance to any wedding celebration.

Each cookie cradles a heart of delicious jam, symbolizing the heartwarming love that couples share. These Jam Heart Cookies promise to capture hearts and delight palates with their exquisite blend of sweetness and affection!

Italian jam heart cookies

Jam Heart Cookies are romantic heart-shaped pasta frolla cookies, generously filled with jams or creams of different flavors.

The recipe is really quick and easy to make. To the classic pasta frolla with butter, flour, eggs and sugar you add a pinch of baking powder to make it more crumbly.

I used an electric stand mixer to make the pasta frolla, but if you prefer, you can make the dough by hand.

Italian jam heart cookies

Roll out the pasta frolla into a thin layer and cut out heart-shaped cookies. When all the cookies are baked, stack the heart-shaped cookies on top of each other. Use jams or other creams as glue. I used strawberry jam, cocoa cream, and white chocolate cream. Of course, you can choose any filling you like.

Perfect for celebrating the most romantic days of your life! You can enjoy these jam heart cookies for a romantic breakfast or snack with a cup of coffee or tea. You can also put them in a bag or box, tie them with ribbon and give them as a loving thought made with your own hands!

Italian jam heart cookies


Ingredients

  • Prep Time: 15 Min + at least 1 hour in the fridge
  • Cook Time: 12 Min
  • Servings: About 20 Cookies

Doses for about 20 Cookies (it depends on the size of your molds)

For Pasta Frolla

  • 250 g (~2 cups) of “00” flour
  • 100 g (~1/2 cup) of granulated sugar
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) of unsalted cold butter
  • 1 whole medium egg at room temperature
  • 1/6 teaspoon of fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of the pulp and seeds of 1 vanilla pod (optional) or the zest of 1/2 organic lemon (optional)
  • icing sugar for decoration

For the Filling

I used these ingredients, but you can still use just jam. Maybe use different flavors!


Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Jam Heart Cookies Recipe: Instructions

The Pasta Frolla

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Step 1) – In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the chopped butter, sifted flour, egg, sugar and baking powder. Flavor to taste with the grated zest of half a lemon or the seeds of the vanilla pod.

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Step 2) – Start the stand mixer at medium speed for about 30 seconds with the leaf attachment to mix all the ingredients well. Then insert the dough hook to knead until a firm ball of dough forms.

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Step 3) – Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pastry board. Compact the dough ball well with your hands. It should be smooth and homogeneous. Wrap the pasta frolla with a sheet of plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

After the resting time has ended, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of 1/2 cm (0.2 inch) on a lightly floured work surface.

For more information, steps, tips and curiosities read Pasta Frolla Recipe (Italian Sweet Shortcrust Pastry).

The Shape

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Step 4) – Now, with the largest cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as possible until you run out of dough.

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Step 5) – With the smaller cookie cutter, cut out half of the cookies in the center.

PLEASE NOTE: Of course, cutting out the middle parts as well will make delicious and beautiful little heart-shaped cookies!

The Baking

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Step 6) – Place all the heart-shaped cookies (whole and cut out) on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 10-12 minutes.

The Cookies

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Step 7) – Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Spread 1 teaspoon of your chosen filling (jams or creams of different flavors) over the whole heart-shaped cookies.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not overdo the amount to prevent the filling from leaking out of the cookies.

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Step 8) – Overlap the carved shortbread cookies onto the whole heart cookies with the filling in the center. Your jam heart cookies are ready! Buttery and fragrant!

Italian jam heart cookies

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Storage

You can prepare the pasta frolla 2 or 3 days before making the cookies. Store in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap.

You can also freeze the pasta frolla and keep it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Jam heart cookies will keep at room temperature for about 4-5 days if stored unopened in an airtight container.

Jam Heart Cookies: Some Variations

As you can imagine, there are many variations of these heart-shaped cookies. You can also flavor the cookies in different ways. This way you can make the cookies unique each time, while keeping the recipe very simple.

  • In addition to the fillings I used, you can also try pistachio or extra dark chocolate cream.
  • The most popular flavors, as we have seen, are lemon zest or vanilla. You can also add a little cinnamon or almond flavoring.
  • If you like, you can add 50 ml (3 1/3 tablespoons) of aniseed liqueur or limoncello to the dough.
  • You can also use chocolate shortcrust pastry and make the hearts in two colors.

Italian jam heart cookies

Italian jam heart cookies
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Jam Heart Cookies
Jam Heart Cookies, a recipe that embodies love in every bite you take! Made with rich and tender pasta frolla, these cookies offer a melt-in-your-mouth experience, making them the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day or to add a touch of elegance to any wedding celebration.
Each cookie cradles a heart of delicious jam, symbolizing the heartwarming love that couples share. These Jam Heart Cookies promise to capture hearts and delight palates with their exquisite blend of sweetness and affection!
Course Cookies
Cuisine Italian
Keyword heart cookie recipe, heart cookies, jam heart cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 13 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 20 Cookies
Calories 123kcal
Ingredients
For Pasta Frolla
  • 250 g flour 1 ⅔ of “00” flour
  • 100 g granulated sugar ½ cup
  • 120 g butter ~1 stick - unsalted and cold
  • 1 egg medium size, at room temperature
  • 1/6 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla pod pulp and seeds of 1 vanilla pod or the zest of 1/2 organic lemon, both are optional
  • powdered sugar for decoration
For the Filling
  • 2 tablespoons jam strawberry or the taste you prefer
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa cream spread (e.g. Nutella)
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate cream spread
Instructions
The pasta Frolla
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the chopped butter, sifted flour, egg, sugar and baking powder. Flavor to taste with the grated zest of half a lemon or the seeds of the vanilla pod.
  • Start the stand mixer at medium speed for about 30 seconds with the leaf attachment to mix all the ingredients well. Then insert the dough hook to knead until a firm ball of dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pastry board. Compact the dough ball well with your hands. It should be smooth and homogeneous. Wrap the pasta frolla with a sheet of plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  • After the resting time has ended, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of 1/2 cm (0.2 inch) on a lightly floured work surface.
The Shape
  • With the largest cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as possible until you run out of dough.
  • With the smaller cookie cutter, cut out half of the cookies in the center.
The Baking
  • Place all the heart-shaped cookies (whole and cut out) on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 10-12 minutes.
The Cookies
  • Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
  • Spread 1 teaspoon of your chosen filling (jams or creams of different flavors) over the whole heart-shaped cookies.
  • Overlap the carved shortbread cookies onto the whole heart cookies with the filling in the center.
Nutrition
Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 162IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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