Guava Shortbread Cookies

guava shortbread cookies

You may have noticed that I love posting recipes for Valentine’s Day. I swear I’m not one of those lovey-dovey cheeseballs. But, I can’t help but get excited about a holiday that’s semi-revolved around sweets. Frankly, I can use all the excuses I can to bake. And, uuum, eat.

In the past I’ve made lots of delicious sweet treats like…

Conversation Heart Cookies..

Brownie Marshmallow Sandwiches with Strawberry Sauce

and His n’ Hers Ice Cream Floats.

All of these were fun, but this year I recreated my Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Shortbread recipe with a new twist: the sweet and tangy flavor of guava. And with that, I give you… drumroll… Guava Shortbread Cookies. Ta dah!

guava shortbread cookie

These treats are essentially thumbprint cookies made with guava paste instead of  traditional jam. Guava paste is thicker than jam, but packed with the delicious flavor of fresh guava fruit. It sounds pretty exotic, but guava paste is fairly easy to track down these days. I found a container in the cheese section at my local grocery store, but you can also try a Latin American grocery store, or of course, ordering online. Amazon carries just about every brand and price range imaginable. And on that note, guava paste is really delicious with cheese and crackers, too (not just Guava Shortbread Cookies!) – so go ahead and buy the larger box!

Whether you choose to use a heart-shaped cookie cuter or keep these in traditional thumbprint cookie format, your valentine is going to love these cookies! xo

guava shortbread cookies



Guava Shortbread Cookies

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1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup flour
1 container guava paste

Cream the butter until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. When combined, slowly add the flour and beat until incorporated. Pat the dough into a ball and refrigerate in a large ziplock bag or plastic wrap for 2 hours. Heat the oven to 300 degrees and remove dough from refrigerator. Roll out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick, and stamp with round cookie cutters (or, simply roll into a log and slice).
Remove the block (or round) of guava paste from container and slice into sheets aprox. 1/4 inch thick. Stamp sheets with heart cookie cutter, and press pieces gently into previously prepared cookie dough.
Place pieces on ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies turn golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and place cookies on a cooling rack.

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