Valentine Sugar Cookies

Soft and sweet valentine sugar cookies are the perfect way to say I love you! They are super simple and make a great treat for gifting.

Cookies are always a good idea in my book. And when it comes to holidays they are especially sweet and festive. For more Valentine dessert magic try Cherry Almond Cupcakes, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Chocolate Lava Cake.

Heart shaped valentine sugar cookies with red and pink frositng

Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day like a red or pink heart. What could be better than an edible one (based off of our classic sugar cookies)? These heart cookies are not only adorable, but delicious.

The kids love to decorate these sweet treats together to give out to friends. They are perfectly customizable making them the perfect gift-able treat. You could even use a smaller tip and wright a name on the cookie, or even a sweet something.

Frost and sprinkle, and then wrap these up in cellophane and tie with a bow for a little something for that special someone.

Heart shaped sugar cookies on a baking pan

Making Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

PREP. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

DOUGH. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.

ROLL & CUT. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about ⅜ in. {NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}

BAKE. Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan. Let cool.

Decorating

FROST. Make frosting by mixing all ingredients with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tad more milk. Frost the cookies with pink and red frosting.

DECORATE. Use the decorating gel to add texture to the valentine sugar cookies. Sprinkle with red and pink sugar sprinkles and let set to harden before gifting or delivering.

Decoration Variations – Heart shapes, pink, and red scream Valentines, but you don’t have to stick to those exclusively. 

  • Frost the heart shaped cookies with any color 
  • Use other cookie cutter shapes and frost with pink or red. 
  • Adding “valentine” sprinkles or writing on loving words will help give the cookies a Valentine’s feel.
Valentines Day sugar cookies in the shape of a heart

Getting the Right Texture

One thing I have noticed about cooking is that people using the exact same recipe can get a little different results. Maybe the unnoticable quirks in peoples cooking methods come to play. Perhaps it’s the oven or even the weather. No matter what it is I like to provide information about commonly asked questions.

For sugar cookies it’s about texture. 

  • Avoid over-mixing the dough as it can cause it to toughen. 
  • Rolling the dough too thin will give a crunchy cookie. Too thick and the middle won’t bake completely. I stick to about ⅜” thick
  • If you think your dough is too crumbly and wont hold its shape, wet your hands and knead the dough until it will hold its shape. Rewet hands as needed. 
  • If the dough is too sticky simply sprinkle in a bit of flour until it’s workable.
Valentines Day sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles

Make Ahead + Storage Tips

Make ahead Dough: There are a couple ways that you can store the dough to be baked later.

  • Dough log: Roll the dough into alog and wrap them with plastic wrap then again with foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the fridge then roll and cut out shapes. 
  • Dough Shapes: Cut out the cookie shapes and line them up on a pan. Place them in the freezer until they are solid. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake them place the shapes on a cookie sheet and allow them to thaw before baking.

You can STORE the baked cookies unfrosted or frosted. Unfrosted cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

If you have frosted the cookies the storage times are the same you just need to be more careful about stacking the cookies. Make sure that the frosting has set and that you put parchment paper in between layers.

A stack of red and pink valentines day sugar cookies

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Valentine Sugar Cookie Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Soft and sweet valentine sugar cookies are the perfect way to say I love you! They are super simple and make a great treat for gifting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 293 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Cookie

  • ¾ c butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • ½ c powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 ¾ c all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Frosting

  • c butter softened
  • 4 ½ c powdered sugar
  • ¼ c milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • orange food coloring

Topping

  • Red and pink decorating gel, Valentines sprinkles

Instructions
 

Cookie

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.
  • Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about ⅜ in. {NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}
  • Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan. Let cool.

Frost and decorate

  • Make frosting by mixing all ingredients with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tad more milk. 
  • Frost the cookies with pink and red frosting.
  • Use the decorating gel to add texture to the hearts. Sprinkle with red and pink sugar sprinkles and let set to harden before gifting or delivering.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. In the ingredients you list powdered sugar twice. Instead of 2 3/4 powdered sugar. Do you mean flour? Thanks in advance.

  2. 5 stars
    I really love this cookie recipe. They’re super soft yet firm enough to use buttercream or flood frosting. I love the bright red frosting you used for these heats!