Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Hearts

Pink Peppercorn Shortbread is a  rich crumbly buttery shortbread delicately flavoured with the spicy floral notes of pink peppercorn and so easy to make!

Shortbread is one of my favourite biscuits to bake, especially when I make them every Christmas as gifts. Although I love the buttery taste of shortbread, I do like to add a flavour every now and again – which is why I made dark chocolate and sea salt hearts for Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago.

This year I had some pink peppercorns leftover from a sauce I made where the I felt the more delicate flavour of the ‘pink pepper’ was preferable to the more usual black pepper. Bearing in mind the flavour of the pink peppercorns, I thought they would bring a subtle spicy twist to a shortbread – mild but still delivering a gentle peppery kick. Despite appearing very much like peppercorns, these little pink beauties aren’t actually a pepper at all but are the dried berries of the Brazillian Pepper Tree. Don’t they look so pretty ?

These Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Hearts are delicious on their own but I’m going to serve them with a creamy lemon posset for a Valentine’s Day dessert, I reckon OH will love it. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes. Have you got any culinary plans for Valentine’s Day this year ?


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Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Hearts
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A rich crumbly buttery shortbread delicately flavoured with the spicy floral notes of pink peppercorn and so easy to make !
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 24
  • 225 g softened butter
  • 110 g caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 110 g cornflour
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon lightly crushed pink peppercorns plus extra for garnish

Stand Mixer:
  1. Add butter and sugar to the bowl and beat until creamed, which should take between one and two minutes depending on how soft your butter is and your mixer speed; number 4 to number 6 speed.
  2. Sift flour and cornflour into a separate bowl and then add half to your creamed butter and sugar. Start your mixer on slow (number 2 speed) to prevent the flour flying out of the bowl - mix for a few seconds. Add the remainder of the flour mix and crushed pink peppercorns, combine until it all comes together around the beater - about 1 minute.

By hand:
  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the flour and cornflour in 3 or 4 batches adding the crushed pink peppercorns with the last batch, mix until the dough comes together. Don't overwork it.

Shape & bake your shortbread:
  1. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment and preheat your oven to 300°F / 150°C / Gas Mark 2
  2. Place your dough onto a floured work surface. Roll out the dough to just less than 6 mm (¼ inch) thick. Cut the dough using a shaped cutter and then place your shortbread hearts on a baking tray.
  3. Bake in the oven until pale golden in colour. Depending on the size of your cutter, your Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Hearts will probably take about 15 to 20 minutes to bake.
  4. If the shortbread begins to turn brown before it is cooked, turn your temperature down by 10 ℃
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack before sprinkling with caster sugar and crushed pink peppercorns.
I use a stand mixer to make shortbread, it keeps mixing to a minimum and ensures a tender crunchy shortbread. Alternatively, you can cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or a wooden spoon in a large bowl.


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68 thoughts on “Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Hearts

  1. Shortbread cookies are truly the most buttery, decadent cookie on the planet. I just love them and your twist to include the pink peppercorns.. .what a great idea. I just adore that little pop of pink. Great for Valentines Day. . .but how cute would they be for baby showers too?

  2. Such beautifully presented and delicious looking shortbread. Thanks for the recipe and the idea of how to make them look all the more cute and charming. The addition of pink peppercorns is so cool and yes bring about a different flavour profile compared to black pepper.

  3. I tried making shortbread cookies and it didn’t turn out too well… However, with the creativity with which you make these pink peppercorn shortbread is out of this world and makes me wanna make some. Thanks for sharing Sarah, always looking forward to what you’ll make next :).

  4. Valentin’s Day is one of my top two favorite holidays and I just love all the cookies and treats everyone makes for it. These heart shortbread cookies are so pretty with the pink peppercorns on top, I’m sure that makes for a delightful and unexpected flavor! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!

  5. Gosh these look lovely! I’m a big fan of pepper and I’m sure I’d love these beautiful little morsels! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! 🙂

  6. Thinking I need to be a bit more adventurous and bring in some more savoury spices and such in my baking! These shortbread hearts look great! Thank you for sharing with this month’s treat petite!

    • Thanks Lisa, it’s amazing how savoury spices can work so well in baking. A pleasure to share with Treat Petite.

  7. I would never have thought about putting peppercorns in the shortbread but they look brilliant and to serve them with lemon posset is right up my street!! Lemon desserts are my favourite. We don’t have any culinary plans as we are away for Valentines this year. Thank you so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week xx

  8. These look so pretty and I love the idea of serving them with lemon posset, I’m sure it will go down well. I’ve never tried pink peppercorns so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them. Would I find them alongside the “regular” pepper in the supermarket?

    • Thanks Charlotte, I’ve made the lemon posset today, we’re having a Valentine’s family meal to celebrate my sister’s wedding anniversary. You’ll find the pink peppercorns in most supermarkets in the spice aisle.

  9. These look like the sweetest (and tastiest) gifts for Valentines Day! I don’t think we’ve ever tried putting peppercorn in shortbread but we love shortbread so would love to try this! Thanks so much for linking to #YumTum this week x

    • Thanks and you’re most welcome. I hope you like Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins as much as we do, let me know how you get on 🙂

    • Thanks Camilla, so pleased you like the shortbread. I had pink peppercorns in a sauce with steak when we eating out and had to try some at home, they are delicious. A pleasure to link up with #CreditCrunchMunch 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, I didn’t know about pink peppercorns until I had some at a restaurant, they’re really worth trying.

  10. I think these are absolutely gorgeous and what a perfect Valentines treat. Love the way the pink peppercorns look. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare this week.

  11. These look so beautiful Sarah. I must admit I’ve never used pink peppercorns before, and had no idea they weren’t a pepper anyway…..thank you for enlightening me. I love the images you’ve taken too – especially the one with the shortbread laidout & dusted with one missing. #cookblogshare
    Angela x

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Angela, so pleased you like the photos. I couldn’t resist taking a shot of the missing shortbread x

  12. Like you, I can’t resist adding some flavour, colour or both to my shortbread. This pink peppercorn version is just the sort of thing that would go down well in our household. Thanks for sharing it with us. I look forward to trying it.

    • Thanks Julianna, the pink peppercorn does add another dimension to the shortbread. I’ve already had requests from the family to make some more, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  13. I love pink peppercorns, they have such a special taste 🙂 and cookies look lovely, great idea for the small gift 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying FF party and liking other posts! 🙂

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