Chilli Cheese Hearts

My Chilli Cheese Hearts are the perfect treat for that special someone in your life that is more in love with cheese than chocolate. They also have a subtle chilli kick because everyone needs a little spice!

Chilli Cheese Hearts

Do you love cheese more than chocolate?

I know a fair few people that love cheese more than any other food. Those people shouldn’t miss out on Valentine’s Day and  have to make do with chocolate. They want cheese so that is what they should get!

Obviously these Chilli Cheese Hearts aren’t only for Valentine’s Day. You can make them at any time of year and make them any shape you like. I’ve made these at Christmas before and cut them into hearts which looked lovely.  If you’re a cheese fan, make sure you check out my Cheese Scones and Cheese & Marmite Palmiers

Simple to make and incredibly delicious

I’ve been making Cheese Straws for as long as I can remember. They were one of the first thing I remember baking as a child. They are incredibly easy to make because you don’t need a mixer and it is easier to make them by hand. My Chilli Cheese Hearts are an elevated version of the original recipe which is even more addictive.

These are incredibly moreish and you will find it very hard to stop yourself from eating the whole batch. If you are making these for  group of people, I would definitely recommend doubling the batch as they will be gone in the blink of an eye. 

These have a warmth of chilli – they aren’t too spicy but you can taste the chilli which is the whole point! If you use a large red chilli, then this will be milder than using a smaller chilli. Also you can dictate how spicy the Chilli Cheese Hearts will be by the chilli powder that you use. I used chipotle chilli powder which is quite mild but you can use a hotter chilli power if you are a fan of spice.

Chilli Cheese Hearts baking tips 

When you are rolling the dough, make sure you handle it as little as possible.  The more you handle it the higher the risk of it becoming tough. If you didn’t want to cut them into any shape at all, just roll the dough out and cut it into rectangles. 

The size of you cutter will obviously dictate how many hearts you will make. I used a medium sized cutter and made 22 hearts. These will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days; but lets face it, they will be gone the day you bake them!

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Chilli Cheese Hearts

My Chilli Cheese Hearts are the perfect treat for that special someone in your life that is more in love with cheese than chocolate. They also have a subtle chilli kick because everyone needs a little spice!

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Chilli, Cheese, Pastry
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 22
Calories 55 kcal
Author Curly


  • 100 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 50 g margarine
  • 100 g stong cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 red chilli finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of milk


  1. Heat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted or 200ºC non fan) and line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone mat

  2. Mix together the flour, salt, mustard, cayenne pepper and chilli powder
  3. Add the butter and rub into the flour mix using the tips of your fingers and your thumbs until you get the consistency of breadcrumbs
  4. Stir in the half of the diced chilli and cheese keeping roughly 15g of the cheese back. Add enough egg to form a stiff dough – depending on the size of your egg, you may not need to use all of it so add a little at a time
  5. Lightly dust your surface with flour and roll the dough until it is a couple of millimeters thick

  6. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts and lay them on the prepared baking tray
  7. Gather up and re-roll the dough as few times as possible but also cutting out as many hearts as possible
  8. Once all of the hearts are on the baking tray, brush them with what is left of the egg. If there isn't much, or none at all, use a splash of milk
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of each heart and then finish by sprinkling the remaining chilli
  10. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden
Nutrition Facts
Chilli Cheese Hearts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 129IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 thoughts on “Chilli Cheese Hearts

  1. Jenny Paulin

    I LOVE THESE CAT! oops sorry my caps lock was on! When I saw these on FB at first I assumed they were sweet biscuits, but then I saw the title and I thought what a clever thing you are. They look so cute and I really like how they are savoury. xx

    1. Cat Post author

      Haha thanks. People love cheese as much as other’s love chocolate so I wanted to make something for the cheese fans!x

  2. Corina Blum

    I love savoury cheesy biscuits and these a step up from cheese straws in sophistication. I think it’s a great idea to make them heart-shaped as after all, not everyone just wants sweet chocolatey biscuits, even at this time of year!

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