Old-Fashioned Pastry Hearts

heart-shaped pastries

Are you looking for a tasty, fun-to-make Valentine’s Day treat? Well, I may have found the perfect recipe for you. Pastry Hearts are made by spreading jelly on pastry dough, rolling into a log, slicing, and then shaping into hearts. The process of squeezing and pressing the dough to create the hearts was fun and felt a bit like playing with play dough.

Here’s the original recipe:

recipe for Pastry Hearts
Source: Recipes for Everyday by Janet McKenzie Hill (1919)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Pastry Hearts

  • Servings: approximately 12 hearts
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Print

pie pastry for a 1-shell pie (or use scraps of pastry dough left-over after making a pie crust)

1 egg white

red-colored jelly – red raspberry, cherry, etc. (I used red current jelly, but if I made this recipe again, I’d select a redder jelly.)


Preheat oven to 425° F. Roll pie pastry into a rectangle 1/8 inch thick. Thinly spread with jelly. Starting at the narrow end, firmly roll into a log-shape. Cut into 1/4 inch slices.

Place slices on a greased cookie sheet. Shape into hearts by pulling into a point at one end, and pressing in at the other end. Use a paper towel to dab away any excess jelly. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for approximately 10 -15 minutes (or until lightly browned).

37 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Pastry Hearts

  1. That’s a great twist on how to use left over pie crust,I always did cinnamon and sugar. I’ll have to give this a try. Might even do a few with cinnamon and sugar shaped to hearts then color the icing to red to drizzle over top.

          1. No wonder you are so good at picking100-year-old recipes to share! There aren’t many mystery ingredients. I’m still wondering about the taste of chocolate Jell-O from a previous post.

            1. I tend to think that chocolate Jell-o wasn’t very tasty. Chocolate Jell-o hasn’t been available for a long time. I don’t think that it was around when I was a child.

  2. These look terrific! I always made a crispy treat for my kids with the leftover pastry pieces, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked. Where has this been all my life? My kids would have loved this! I’ll be doing this for myself! 🙂

    1. I had similar thoughts. This such a simple idea – and I can’t figure out why putting jelly on pastry scraps never caught on like cinnamon and sugar did.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s