The BEST Valentine’s Heart Sugar Cookies are fun to make and extra tasty! Share these heart sugar cookies with your sweetheart!
Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies- so easy and so delicious you will never make sugar cookies any other way!
Growing up I was NEVER a fan of sugar cookies, but now I have a recipe that makes the best sugar cookies ever.
Originally, I shared this recipe when making my Disney inspired Sugar Cookies with a chocolate ganache, but I thought I'd share how to turn them into a tasty Valentine’s Day treat!
Not only is the cookie top notch in flavor, but topped with my buttercream makes these so good amazing!
For more Valentine’s Treats check out:
- Easy Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
- Strawberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
- Easy Valentine Cupcakes
- The BEST Chocolate M&M Valentine’s Cookies
- Chocolate Cherry Heart Cookies
Alright let’s make the best sugar cookies!
How to make the best Valentine’s Heart Sugar Cookies
- Process sugar in a food processor to make ultra-fine (but not powdered sugar cookies)
- Add in cold butter, process, egg and vanilla, process, flour, baking soda, and baking powder and process.
- Divide dough in half then roll out and refrigerate for at least 1.5 hours.
- Cut out your cute heart shapes then bake until the edges are just golden brown
- Let cool and whip up some vanilla buttercream dyed different colors
- Decorate with frosting, candies, sprinkles and you can even write sweet messages on the cookies!
Do I have to use a food processor?
I use a food processor for two reasons:
- I am able to get the sugar ultra-fine which adds to the delicious texture of the cookie
- Using the food processor cuts in the cold butter without having to melt it which helps the texture of the cookie as well
If you don't have a food processor that fine. They will still be amazing.
Where to get Valentine cookie cutters?
I found mine at Walmart- but this set is very similar to what I used.
I’m not able to pick up and move my cut-out hearts to the baking sheet?!
Depending on how cold the dough is, it might be hard to lift it off the parchment paper. If that’s the case just use scissors to cut parchment paper around the cookie and place cookie and parchment directly on baking sheet.
What kind of baking sheet should I use?
If you have a baking sheet without edges use it (like this one)! It will allow the air to circulate better and bake your cookies more evenly. You can also turn a rimmed baking sheet upside down and bake on the bottom side!
How to dye and flavor frosting?
I recommend using gel food coloring to dye your frosting and using either extracts or emulsions to flavor the frosting. All of these items can be found in the cake decorating isle of craft and grocery stores. For these cookies I used almond extract in the frosting for a tasty treat!
You can dye your frosting any color! Leave some white to write cute messages!
How to decorate sugar cookies and what tips did I use for decorating these cookies?
I primarily used a writing tip for dots and writing, a leaf tip for making ribbon details, and a star tip for making some of the other designs. Getting a Wilton decorating tip kit like this is great to have on hand for decorating! I also recommend using piping bags and piping couplers. The couplers allow you to switch out the decorating tips really easily!
Other than that I used sprinkles and m&m candies to decorate! Have fun decorating!
What if you don’t want to frost the cookies or make a batch of buttercream?
You can enjoy these sugar cookies plain (they are that good!) or simply gently press sprinkles onto the cookies before you bake them. Then you will have pretty and delicious sugar cookies without having to frost them. See picture below for how they turn out!
What are your favorite Valentine’s Treats to make? Let me know in the comments below! Plus make sure to tag me in any of your cookie pictures (@atablefullofjoy on IG)! I can’t wait to see them!
For more tasty treats check out:
- Homemade Brownies (the best ever!)
- Easy Chocolate Cake Pops
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars
- Easy Lemon Bars
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Valentine’s Heart Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cold butter cut into pieces
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract or any other extract you want!
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
batch of Vanilla Buttercream*
- Candies and Sprinkles
- Piping Bag and a few writing tips to use for decorating
- How to make heart sugar cookies:
- In a food processor, process sugar for 30-45 seconds to make superfine sugar (not powdered!)*
- Add in cold butter pieces and process for another 30-45 seconds. Until the butter and sugar are just combined.
- Add in egg and vanilla extract. Process until just combined. You may need to scrape down the sides at least once. Then add in the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Process until combined.
- Divide dough in half. Take half of dough and place in-between two large pieces of parchment paper. Roll dough into a flat layer about an ⅛th inch think. Do the same with the other half. Refrigerate the flattened dough for at least 1.5 hours.
- Preheat oven to Preheat oven to 300°F and line several baking sheets* with parchment paper.
- Cut out heart cookie shape and place prepared baking sheet. Any scraps of dough leftover can be rerolled and refrigerated while the other cookies are baking. Try to use a cold baking sheet for every new batch.
- Bake for 20 minutes, on the second to lowest rack, or until edges just start to turn golden.
- Frost with my best vanilla buttercream with half dyed pink* and the rest left white for writing cute messages*!
Tips and Tricks
- I used almond extract instead of vanilla in this batch of frosting, but you can use whatever extract you want.
- Processing the sugar in the food processor isn’t an absolute requirement but it sure does make a huge difference in texture- so if you skip this step the cookies will still taste delicious.
- Depending on how cold the dough is, it might be hard to lift it off the parchment paper. If that’s the case just use scissors to cut parchment paper around the cookie and place cookie and parchment directly on baking sheet.
- If you have a baking sheet without edges use it! It will allow the air to circulate better.
- I recommend using gel food coloring to dye your frosting
- *Use a few different piping tips, piping bags, and piping couplers (to switch out your tips easily), plus sprinkles and candies!
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Post updated on 12/5/2020