Valentine Sugar Cookies (2024)

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By: Leigh Anne Wilkes

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Share the love this Valentine’s Day with these tender and delicious Valentine Sugar Cookie.

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I always make heart shaped sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. These fun and delicious valentine sugar cookies are a sweet treat for your valentine. And decorating them is a fun Valentine’s day activity for the family. I love thin sugar cookies, but this recipe works great if you want to make a thicker sugar cookie too.

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Can I Use butter instead?

This recipe uses butter flavored shortening. I know some of you don’t cook with shortening, so you can check out my decorated sugar cookie recipe for an all butter version. But there is something about using shortening in certain recipes that just works better.

Sugar Cookie Tips

Allow dough to soften slightly before working with it. It is easier to work with slightly chilled dough. If dough gets too warm just put it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes to firm up a bit.

Divide dough into 2-4 pieces and work with one piece at a time, rolling it out and cutting out cookies. Keep the other pieces covered and refrigerated until ready to use.

Freeze cookies before decorating if you are making them ahead. In an airtight container they will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. Cookies will last for up to a week if not frozen.

How to Make Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies

  • Mix together ingredients and chill dough for at least one hour.
  • Roll dough out to desired thickness.
  • Use your favorite heart shaped cookies cutter to cut out your valentine sugar cookie hearts.
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  • Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure not to put your cookies too close together on the cookie sheet. Nothing worse than two cookies that bake together!
  • Bake until slightly browned on edges
  • Cool completely.
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How to Frost a Sugar Cookie

For these valentine cookies, I used my favorite cookie glaze frosting. It gives you a nice, shiny flat finish. And it dries hard so they are easy to stack and package. If you prefer a buttercream frosting use this recipe.

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  • Mix together ingredients. You want the glaze to be runny, but not too runny. It should be thin enough that it is easy to spread, but thick enough that it doesn’t run off the edges of the cookie.
  • Use a spoon to place a nice spoonful right in the middle of the cookie.
  • Take a knife and spread it in a nice even layer. I always leave a bit of the edge of the cookie showing.
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  • Before the frosting sets up and dries add your sprinkles.
  • Allow the frosting to set. The glaze frosting will set up firm, just be sure to let them set up long enough.
  • After they are nice and dry it’s time to package them up and deliver them to people you love!
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Some of our other favorite cookies to make for Valentines include:

  • Jam Diagonals
  • Meringue Cookies
  • Shortbread Heart Cookies.

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Valentine Sugar Cookies

Recipe From: Leigh Anne Wilkes

Delicious heart shaped Valentine Sugar Cookies

serves: 36 cookies

Prep:1 hour hour 20 minutes minutes

Cook:10 minutes minutes

Total:30 minutes minutes

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Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup butter flavor Crisco
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla or almond extract. I prefer almond.
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Sugar Cookie Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk or whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Syrup
  • few drops of flavoring of your choice I like almond


For the Sugar Cookie Dough

  • Combine butter, Crisco and sugar in bowl and beat.

  • Add in eggs and extract and mixed until combined

  • Add in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.

  • Roll out cookies to desired thickness and cut with cookie cutter.

  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes depending on thickness of cookie. If you like them softer, bake less.

Glaze Frosting

  • Combine powder sugar, extract and corn syrup in bowl.

  • If you are using a liquid food coloring, you will need to use LESS milk. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same. Add in milk to desired consistency. It will get too runny fast so be careful.

  • The corn syrup gives the “shine” to the frosting that you want.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 162kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Cholesterol: 28mg (9%) Sodium: 176mg (8%) Potassium: 26mg (1%) Sugar: 14g (16%) Vitamin A: 145IU (3%) Calcium: 7mg (1%) Iron: 0.9mg (5%)

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  1. Laura Houchens says

    Hi Leigh Anne- I can’t wait to make these with my daughter for Valentines Day. She loves to bake and decorate with me. A new Kitchen Aid mixer would make the mixing even more fun for us! Please enter us in the drawing.


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What do you write on a Valentine's cookie? ›

Sweetness Level: A generous dollop!
  1. I will always love you.
  2. Together Forever.
  3. Happy ever after is easy with you.
  4. Love, Hugs and good fortunes.
  5. I believe in you.
Feb 4, 2021

How old is the sugar cookie? ›

History. Sugar cookies have a plain flavor and have been made for centuries. The popularity and availability of sugar cookies rose when sugar became widely available. The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Can you over beat sugar cookie dough? ›

Over-working the dough yields a tough cookie, which is not at all what you want. The very best sugar cookies are soft and tender. → Follow this tip: One of the keys to great sugar cookies is mixing the dry ingredients only until they're just incorporated, and not a second longer.

How do you keep cookie cutter shape? ›

To help cookies keep their shape, freeze them! I freeze each batch of cut-out cookies for 5 to 10 minutes before baking. They rise just slightly higher and keep their shape better. This really helps when using an intricate cookie cutter, but I do this even when baking circles.

How do you write perfectly on cookies? ›

Place tissue over printout and trace with edible marker (I use a fine point edible marker). 3. Take your traced tissue and set it over a completely dry cookie and trace lightly on the cookie (not necessary but here I use an extra fine point edible marker to get a thinner line).

Is cookie male or female? ›

This adorable gender-neutral name has Latin, English, Dutch, and modern roots, all revolving around cooking and baking. The traditional Latin and English meaning of Cookie is "cook," perfect if you want to raise a little future chef.

What is the oldest cookie? ›

Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie and originated in the mid-section of Italy. They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico”.

Is caramel cookie a girl? ›

Caramel Arrow Cookie is a determined, supremely loyal individual with a strong mental fortitude. As the First Watcher of the Dark Cacao Kingdom and the head of its most elite troops, she is as ardent towards her nation as one can be and refuses to back down when it and her comrades are threatened.

Why are my sugar cookies greasy? ›

Why are my sugar cookies greasy? This is most likely because of the butter. If your butter is too soft, as in, starting to melt or have hot spots, it will affect your final cookie. The best way to avoid this is to allow your butter to warm to room temperature on the counter for about an hour.

Should you refrigerate sugar cookies? ›

Choose to store them at room temperature or in the freezer instead of the fridge. If you can store your cookies at room temperature or in the freezer - do it. The fridge should be your last resort because of the moisture that can make your cookies soggy. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

Why are my cookies flat? ›

If your cookies consistently come out flat, you may have selected the wrong baking temperature. If you bake cookies using too much heat, the fats in the dough begin to melt before the other ingredients can cook together and form your cookie's rise.

Why do my sugar cookies break? ›

Let them cool completely before moving them around. Warm cookies are fragile and prefer to be left alone. If you move fresh cookies while they're too warm, they may crumble. Let them be until they cool off and firm up.

Why do my sugar cookies puff up? ›

Q: Why are my cookies so puffy and cakey? Whipping too much air into the dough. That fluffy texture you want in a cake results from beating a lot of air into the room temperature butter and sugar, and it does the same for cookies. So don't overdo it when you're creaming together the butter and sugar.

What keeps sugar cookies from spreading? ›

Chill the Cookie Dough

Chilling your cookie dough is the single biggest piece of advice I give people to stop their sugar cookies spreading too much. By allowing your cookie dough to chill and rest in the fridge for between 24-72 hours allows the fat in your cookies, to solidify.

What are cookie quotes? ›

Cookie Quotes
  • “A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – ...
  • “C is for cookie that's good enough for me.” – Cookie Monster Sesame Street.
  • “If you can't change the world with chocolate chip cookies, how can you change the world?” – ...
  • “Make the world a better place one cookie at a time.” – Unknown.

What are popular words for Valentine's Day? ›

Fall In Love With 14 Captivating Valentine's Day Words
  • cupid. A cupid is kind of like the official mascot of Valentine's Day. ...
  • star-crossed. People sometimes mistake the term star-crossed to mean that people are destined to be together. ...
  • admirer. ...
  • smitten. ...
  • unrequited. ...
  • woo. ...
  • lovebirds. ...
  • betrothed.
Feb 14, 2024

What does snow sugar cookie say? ›

I love it when the weather is cold! Let's have a big snow fight! Will you be my friend? Let's make a giant snowman friend!

How do you write on cakes and cookies? ›

For best results, we recommend using a piping bag and tip to write on your cake. You can use any round tip to write your letters, though smaller tips may make it difficult to smoothly squeeze the icing out while larger tips can lead to a messier script.

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