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Two heart shaped valentine's day cookies in front of a glass of milk.

Valentine's Cookies

A simple, easy, and fun sugar cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day. These heart shaped sugar cookies are perfect for parties, gifting to friends, or indulging in yourself.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Valentine's Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Karen



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour divided


  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4-5 Tablespoons milk
  • 4-5 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • Gel Food Coloring


  • Cream together the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer set to medium speed.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt; continue blending until combined. Slowly add the flour, mixing just until combined. Be careful not to overmix!
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out onto a floured surface about ½-inch thick and cut into hearts (or another desired shape) with a cookie cutter. Place them onto the lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are set.
  • While baking, prepare the icing by combining the confectioners sugar, milk, and corn syrup in a small bowl. Adjust the milk measurement as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  • Squeeze a small amount of food coloring into the icing and use a toothpick to swirl it around for the marbled effect.
  • Once the cookies are done cooking and have fully cooled, dip each one into the icing face down. Lift them up and allow the excess to drip off. Add icing or edible glitter, if desired.
  • Place on a plate or cooling rack and allow the icing to set for about an hour. Serve with milk and enjoy!


Expert Tips for Making Valentine's Cookies:
Don't forget to soften the butter. This makes it easier to combine with the other ingredients to create a smooth cookie batter.
Use unsalted butter when possible: it's a better option for baking Valentine's sugar cookies since even a tiny bit of salt content can throw off a recipe. You'll find that different manufacturers have different amounts so it's easier to opt for unsalted butter and control the salt yourself in the recipe.
Do not skip chilling the dough: No matter how badly you might want to skip this step, chilling the dough hardens the fat content, making your cookies less likely to spread during baking.
Be careful not to overmix: Overmixing makes cookies with a very tough, gummy, or just an unpleasant texture. Stop mixing when you see just a bit of flour left at the bottom of the bowl.
Always cool your cookies first: It can be tempting to add the icing immediately, but this will result in cookies that are a mess. Cookies right out of the oven are very fragile and can break, make a mess of the icing, and otherwise not be usable. Wait until cooled.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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