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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

By Tessa Arias
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February 3rd, 2022
5 from 4 votes
5 from 4 votes

The best Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies feature heart-shaped classic sugar cookies and decorated with chocolate dip or drizzle plus sprinkles of your choice. These are the most adorable Valentine’s cut out cookies your entire family will love.

Yield: 40 cookies (depending on size)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Simply sweet, but I also love adding in almond extract to this recipe to complement the white chocolate drizzle! Texture: I love that these cookies hold their shape without getting too hard or crunchy. Ease: A little more time consuming than drop cookies but super easy thanks to the dough recipe. Pros: Perfect Valentine's Day treat to make with your kids or to bring into work. Cons: None! Would I make this again? Definitely. They're just too cute not to.

There’s no need to order from a bakery when you can make easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies that are beautifully decorated right at home.

My classic sugar cookie recipe but heart-shaped. Easily decorated with a white or semisweet chocolate dip or drizzle. Sprinkles of your choice. No need to spend hours tediously decorating these cookies.

Yep, I think your kids, co-workers, friends, significant other, etc. will LOVE these easy sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day.

How to Make Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Ingredients for Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies:

  • Butter – make sure to use unsalted butter that is at a COOL room temperature, about 67°F. Butter at the proper temperature should give just slightly when pressed with a finger and not appear greasy at all. It also shouldn’t be so cold that it’s brittle.
  • Granulated sugar – the star ingredient!
  • Eggs – these are essential to forming a beautifully pliable dough and cookies that stay soft for days.
  • Vanilla extract and (optional) almond extract – no sugar cookie is complete without vanilla extract. A dash of almond extract helps give these cookies an extra depth of flavor but is totally optional.
  • All-purpose flour – measured correctly.
  • Baking powder – gives the cookies a slight lift without adding too much spread so the cookies keep their shape.

Tools for Valentine’s Heart Cookies:

PRO TIP: Make sure to cream your butter properly!

Have you ever ended up with dense cookies? Or cookies that spread into sad, flat puddles? You may have accidentally under-creamed or over-creamed your butter and sugar mixture.

There are a few important factors to know when creaming butter and sugar so that you end up with cookies that are perfectly light and fluffy.

Check out my How to Cream Butter & Sugar article for the full breakdown, side-by-side comparisons so you can see exactly how your mixture should look, and lots more of the sweet science behind this critical step.

under-creamed, perfectly creamed, and over-creamed butter and sugars on spoons

Tips for getting perfect heart cut-out shapes:

Roll your un-chilled dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to make it quick and easy. Honestly, it’s almost like rolling out Play-Doh it’s so easy! Run your hands across the top of the parchment to feel for areas that may be thicker or thinner than others. Aim for as even of thickness as possible.

(Note: I recommend using parchment for this step versus plastic wrap, as the dough will stick to plastic wrap)

The key to perfect sugar cookie shapes is allowing the rolled out dough to chill completely before stamping out shapes. This allows for crisp, clean cuts and easy maneuvering of the shaped dough onto the baking pan. If your dough starts to feel too soft to shape cleanly, simply return it to the fridge until it’s chilled again.

How to decorate sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day:

  • Dip half the cookies into melted chocolate
  • Use a ziptop bag or piping bag to drizzle cookies with melted chocolate
  • Easy cookie icing
  • Royal icing

Can you make sugar cookies ahead of time?

Yes! The baked cookies store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or, you can store the decorated cookies at room temperature for up to 2 days. In this case, make sure the chocolate has fully set, then layer between sheets of parchment to protect it from smudging onto other cookies when stored.

Unlike most drop-style cookie dough recipes (with the exception of oatmeal cookies) which actually benefit from chilling in the fridge, this cut-out sugar cookie dough can only be stored in the fridge for up to 1 day. It’s crucial for this dough to stay soft and not dry out.

How to freeze cut out sugar cookies:

These sugar cookies freeze particularly well after baking. Simply store the baked cookies in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Defrost to room temperature before decorating or serving.

More Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes:

Want even more Valentine’s Day recipe ideas? Check out our entire list of recipes your whole family will love HERE.

5 from 4 votes

How to make
Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies (depending on size)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 3 sticks (339 grams) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 4 1/2 cups (572 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the chocolate dip or drizzle:

  • 1 cup (170 grams) semisweet or white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons refined coconut oil or shortening
  • Food coloring, if using white chocolate, if desired
  • Sprinkles, for decorating, if desired

Directions

Make the cookies:

  1. In a large bowl, use an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer to beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract (if using) and beat until combined. Slowly add in the flour and baking powder and beat until incorporated.

  2. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Place one dough portion between two sheets of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with the remaining portion of dough. Place the two sheets of dough on a baking sheet and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. You can also freeze for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into heart shapes with a 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter, gently rerolling any scraps and cutting more shapes. Transfer the shapes to the prepared baking sheets. If the dough shapes are too warm to maneuver, freeze for 15 minutes or until firm again.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and very lightly golden at the edges. Be careful not to over bake. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Baked, un-iced sugar cookies can be sealed and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

For the chocolate dip:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and oil. Microwave in 15-second bursts, stirring between bursts, until melted and smooth. If using white chocolate, add a couple drops of red, pink, or purple gel food coloring if desired and stir.

  2. Dip in half of each cookie to the chocolate mixture. Or, place the melted chocolate in a small ziptop bag and cut a tiny hole in one corner (a piping bag works great too). Drizzle over cookies.

  3. Garnish with sprinkles while the chocolate is still warm. Let set slightly before serving. If not serving immediately, make sure the chocolate is completely set before layering rows of decorated cookies between sheets of parchment to protect the chocolate, in an airtight container for up to 2 days .

Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : heart shaped cookies, valentine’s day sugar cookies

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Lindsey — January 4, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Made these today while stuck inside due to a storm going on and these were just perfect! Not too hard to make and just beyond yummy! Cant wait to make them again when it gets closer to Valentine’s Day! ❤️

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    cupcake 2048 — May 27, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Delicious cookies with just the right amount of spread! The entire family decorated them, and I froze some plain ones to use for class festivities next week. Another fantastic dish, Tessa!

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    Debra Pepin — February 14, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Third pan in oven. What a delightful recipe. Winter weather in Ct no need for freezer…use outdoor air….dough great to work as a frozen sheet. Valentines Day hit at this household. Using air bake sheets cooking 13 minutes. THANK You

    • #
      Emily — February 15, 2022 at 9:49 am

      So happy you love this recipe!

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    Jessica Hobbs — February 4, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Absolutely delicious cookies with not too much spread! The whole family are them up and I froze some undecorated to use for class parties next week. Another awesome recipe, thanks Tessa!

    • #
      Emily — February 9, 2022 at 11:13 am

      Love that you froze the cookies for next week’s parties too! Glad you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

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