German Heart Cookies


This heart cookie recipe is from Germany where they are called Herrnhuter Herzen. They are the perfect cookies for Valentine's Day or other romantic occasions.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
50 cookies


  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more as needed

  • 1 tablespoon raspberry syrup, or more as needed


  1. Combine flour, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, white sugar, and eggs in a large bowl and knead into a smooth dough. Shape into a ball. Flatten, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

  3. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and arrange cut-out cookies on prepared baking sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheets carefully and transfer to wire racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  5. Mix 1 cup of confectioners' sugar with as much lemon juice needed to form a thick icing. Cover half of the hearts with the white icing. Mix the remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar with raspberry syrup and cover the other half with pink icing. Let cookies stand until icing dries completely, about 2 hours, or up to overnight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

105 Calories
4g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 50
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 13mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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