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Valentine's day can inspire a wide range of emotions. I wanted to create a series of cookies that could express some of these emotions in a visual and edible way. This batch of stamped heart shortbread cookies celebrates all the feelings - whether you're sweet, spicy, sour, bitter or salty this valentine's day... there's a cookie for you!

This recipe makes 5 mini batches of 8 cookies, for a total yield of 40 cookies.

The base recipe for these cookies is shortbread, and each mini batch is stamped, colored, and flavored to match the emotion with which they represent:

  • Sweet (pink; raw sugar toping)
  • Spicy (orange; cinnamon)
  • Sour (yellow; lemon),
  • Bitter (green; matcha/green tea)
  • Salty (blue; sea salt)

Happy Baking!

Step 1: Ingredients / Tools

Picture of Ingredients / Tools
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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 15 Tbs salted butter **just under 2 sticks/cups
  • 15 Tbs of sugar ** just under 2 cups
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 tsp cinnomon
  • 1 Tbs raw sugar
  • 1 Tbs lemon zest **about half a lemon
  • 1 tsp matcha/green tea powder
  • 1 Tbs sea salt ** I used a fancy smoked sea salt


  • Food colouring


  • 5 small bowls
  • 1 medium bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • baking sheet / cookie pan ** I use two at a time
  • parchment paper
  • spatula (the pancake flipping kind)
  • plastic wrap


  • 3d printed stamps **I had mine made by the wonderful Paige Russell ( check out her instructables page here ). She used Tinkercad to make the stamps. Two great resources that can aid you in making your own are this class or this pendant instructable that can easily be modified to be a stamp. Just don't forget to reverse the test :)
  • Letter Stamps for papercraft ** The imprint is not as deep or clear as the 3D stamp, but in a pinch it works. Line up the letters and tape them together for easier use.
  • Alphabet cookie stamps ** I have never tried these and cannot vouch for their performance, but they look promising.
Cherrypip1 year ago

These are amazing! For the spicy ones, you could do red chilli and cherry flavour!

Elaina M (author)  Cherrypip1 year ago

What a great idea !! That sounds like a delicious flavor combo :)

rmolinero1 year ago

These are so great! Thanks

Elaina M (author)  rmolinero1 year ago

Thank you !

Guh! These came out so cute! Also that finger spatula is just about the best novelty kitchen tools I've ever seen.
Elaina M (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago

Awwww thank you Audrey. And YESSSS this spatula was purchased solely on because of it's branding ( it's called the batter finger) , but quickly became one of the most useful utensil we own! So glad you picked that out :)

Natalina1 year ago
These are so great! They turned out really well :)
Elaina M (author)  Natalina1 year ago

Thank you Natalie ! You're spectacular contributions really made this ible super awesome!! Thanks for the feedback :)

ClareBS1 year ago

Ultra cute and beautifully presented when wrapped. Great instructable too. Anyone would call the giver sweetheart after receiving such a nice gift.

Elaina M (author)  ClareBS1 year ago

Thank you ClareBS. That's so "sweet" of you to say !

These are just the cutest cookies! I want to try one of each :)
Elaina M (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you! The lemon and the sea salt one's were my favorite :)