February 10, 2013

Sweetheart Tarts


My husband and I knew each other for 12 years before we finally got married. During that time we were best friends and helped each other through the good times as well as the bad. One particular evening, we were together with other friends and decided to make these heart-shaped tarts for a homework assignment I had in a college cooking class. We had both recently been through terrible breakups with other people and were feeling a little down. When one of the heart-shaped tarts broke straight down the middle, we joked about our figurative and now literally broken hearts. We broke a few more hearts and laughed away our troubles together that night.
I would never have imagined, that years down the road, I would be making these same tarts with him in OUR kitchen. I did not dare dream that the boy who helped to heal my broken heart would be the one to fill it. Now, this Valentine’s Day instead of breaking the hearts we were filling them – full as can be! We decided to call these “Sweetheart Tarts” and whatever your love story – we hope you will fill yours to the brim this Valentine’s too!
  • 2 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2/3 C. butter (softened)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 sp. baking soda
  • 3/4 C. strawberry, raspberry or cherry preserves
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter


1.         Preheat oven to 350°
2.         In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the preserves.
3.         Beat at low speed, scraping the bowl often, until well mixed (3 to 4 minutes).
4.         On a well floured surface, roll half of the dough to 1/8” thick.  Cut out rounds with a 2 ½” heart-shaped cookie cutter.
5.         Place the cookies on two un-greased cookie sheets.
6.         Place a teaspoon of the strawberry, raspberry or cherry preserves in the center of each.
7.         Roll out the second half of the dough.  Cut out an equal amount of rounds using your heart-shaped cookie cutter, then cut an X from the center of each cookie with a knife.
8.         Place these cookie rounds on top of the first cookies, centering the cut out over the preserves.
9.         Seal the two cookies together by pressing around the edges with a fork. Sprinkle with sugar.
10.      Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned.  Remove immediately.  Cool.
Finally – enjoy!
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11 Responses to “Sweetheart Tarts”

  1. Julie Julie says:

    Sarina, These look so delicious! I love the story that goes with them and your pictures are so cute!! I think we are going to give these a try- what a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

  2. Heather C. says:

    for the Ultimate valentine’s day give away of course i am most excited about the dating divas giveaway but after that my next favorite is mya bruce designs.. but really everything looks wonderful!!

  3. Shannon says:

    These look great! I may try them this afternoon! Thank you so much for sharing:) Visiting from Reasons to Skip The Housework link party!

  4. So adorable (&DELICIOUS! ;)) Pinned! Thanks for sharing … have a lovely Valentine’s Day! <3

  5. Christa says:

    YUM! Made these last night and it’s only by sheer willpower there are any left. Thanks for a great new recipe!

  6. Michelle Michelle says:

    Sarina, this is adorable! They are just way to cute to eat! Thanks for sharing the story and the recipe!!! I’ve bought a mini pie maker, that I’m excited to use, but I might have to put on the back burner so I can try these!!! xox

  7. These look delicious, but your story is just the sweetest! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,


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