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Queen of Hearts Tarts

Updated on March 2, 2011

Learn how to make Queen of Heart tarts for a fun heart themed food! These heart shaped jam tarts are perfect if you want a sweet treat for an Alice in Wonderland party, a Valentine's Day surprise or simply for someone you love,

Heart jam tarts are really easy to make, whether you use ready-to-roll shortcrust pastry or choose to make your own. Here you'll find an easy Queen of Hearts Tarts recipe, along with ideas for presentation and other heart jam tart recipes.

Serve these for your loved one on Valentine's Day, make them a centerpiece sweet treat at your Alice in Wonderland party (or other heart-themed party) or make them as a fun surprise for the family!

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The Queen of Hearts, She Made Some Tarts

Originally published in 1782

"The Queen of Hearts

She made some tarts,

All on a summer's day;

The Knave of Hearts

He stole those tarts,

And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts

Called for the tarts,

And beat the knave full sore;

The Knave of Hearts

Brought back the tarts,

And vowed he'd steal no more."

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  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 3-6


  • 16 oz Ready-to-roll shortcrust pastry
  • 15 -18 tsp Strawberry or raspberry jam
  • A sprinkle of icing sugar
  • 1 large and 1 small heart-shaped cookie cutter (ideally 2 sizes that have about 1cm of space between them when placed one inside the other)


  1. This is the recipe I use to make mine at home. We only want a few at a time and with a small toddler I don't have much time, so this is the super quick and easy version using ready-made pastry. However, if you would like to make yours from scratch, check out the recipe links further down the page. This makes about 6 large tarts depending on the size of your cookie cutters, so if you're making these for a party, double/triple etc the ingredients to make the amount you need.
  2. 1, Preheat the oven to 230C (Gas mark 8)
  3. 2. Roll out your shortcrust pastry on a floured board. Using your large cookie cutter, cut out 6 large hearts
  4. 3. Place them on a greased baking tray and spread your jam reasonably thickly in the center of each one, leaving approximately 1cm around the edge free from jam. Wet the edges slightly with some water
  5. 4. Roll your pastry out again. Cut out a heart shape by using both cookie cutters this time - press down with your large cutter, then place the smaller cutter inside (aim to be as central as possible) and press that one down too. Repeat 5 times. Carefully remove the outer large heart outlines and place them on top of your 6 large hearts
  6. 5. Pinch them down around the edges to seal and prevent any jam from leaking
  7. 6. Bake the tarts for about 25 minutes
  8. 7. Cool on a wire wrack and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve
  9. TOP TIP: Use your leftover heart centers to make jammy parcels by putting some jam on three of them and using the other three as tops (remember to pinch down the edges!). You can bake them at the same time as your tarts.
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Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters

R & M Heart 5 Piece Cookie Cutter Set
R & M Heart 5 Piece Cookie Cutter Set

Cookie cutters are a staple of the home baker's kitchen and hearts are a staple of your cutter collection! They are great for parties, special events, Valentine's Day. romantic surprises, kids - it is a very versatile shape!

I have a set very similar to this one and use the largest and third largest cutters for the tarts. This is a lovely set with pretty packaging that would make an ideal gift, too, and comes with 5 sizes of heart, so perfect for all kinds of biscuits, cookies, sandwiches, pastry shapes and more.


Serving your Queen of Hearts Tarts

The Queen of Hearts and her tarts were first made famous by the poem written by an anonymous author, that was published in 1782. It later became more famous due to its inclusion in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, in Chapter XI: Who Stole the Tarts?

The rhyme is given as evidence in the trial of the Knave of Hearts, who stands accused of stealing the queen's tarts.

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You can make these fun tarts anytime as a treat for the kids or a romantic gesture for your other half, but they make a superb special treat for a heart-themed occasion, such as Valentine's Day or a party.

You could serve these on a heart-shaped platter, or with other heart-shaped food on Valentine's Day, such as chocolates and cookies. Or present a complete course of heart-shaped food! There are lots of heart-shaped molds and cutters available including those suitable for chocolates, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches and more. You can also buy heart-shaped pasta, so perhaps a creamy Valentine pasta followed by these sweet tarts is on the menu?

If you are making these with an Alice in Wonderland theme in mind, here are some ideas to combine with your tarts!

Serve your Tarts as the Queen of Hearts!

Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts Crown
Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts Crown

What better way to serve your heart tarts than by wearing a Queen of Hearts' very own crown? This red and black finery features fleur de lis, heart, gems and a marabou trim. It has a velcro fixing so the size can be adjusted to fit both children and adults.

Bring out your delicious tarts and warn your party throng that they had better enjoy them or else you may declare "Off with their heads!"


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      KaneshiaKelly 5 years ago

      These tarts are the sweetest

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I LOVE tarts like these!!!!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Very cute ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sara Valor 6 years ago from Breezy Hills

      Wonderful idea for just about any type of hugs and kisses party theme and an excellent choice for any Alice in Wonderland theme parties!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The look and sound wonderful. Let me know when you are going to make some, and I'll be right over to help taste them. I can be you official taste-tester.

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      shandigp 6 years ago

      thanks for this great idea!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Omg.. there is something going on with the "Alice in Wonderland Theme" for me. The other day I was at the store looking for a planter for my kalanchoes and the only nice planter they had was a LARGE cup (which actually looks cools with the flowers in it) so I purchased it. I call it my Alice in Wonderland Cup.

      These cookies look so delicious!! Yum, I will have to try them!!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Such a cute idea. I like how you incorporated Alice in Wonderland:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh My! These look delicious! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 3/2/2011. Have a great day!