These Valentine’s Day Cookies are soft and buttery with delicious marble icing on the top. They are beautiful and easy to prepare, making them the perfect treat for the special someone!
Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe
If you are looking to impress someone with a special dessert during this Valentine’s Day, then these Valentine Sugar Cookies are the ideal treats. They are festive, colorful, and quite delicious.
What I like the most about these cookies is how easily you can personalize them. For example, you can shape them in hearts, squares, or any form you love. Also, you can easily make them in various colors such as red, pink, or anything in between.
These treats are always a hit in my house. I tend to make a larger batch of them and gift to my friends and family. They are very similar to sugar cookies with the soft and buttery center, and crisp edges.
In addition, the glaze on top gives them a galaxy effect making these cookies very unique and special. Give them a try, and I guarantee that your loved ones will be very impressed with them.
How to make Valentine’s Day Cookies?
- Make the Dough: Start by whisking together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined. Next, add some flour and beat until combined.
- Roll the dough: Once the dough is fluffy, roll it into two balls. Press hard, and then wrap each dough with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about an hour.
- Roll and bake: Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place parchment paper over the baking sheets. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator, and roll it into about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut them individually into desired shapes. Once cut, refrigerate for another 10 minutes prior to baking. Next, bake for about 10 minutes.
- Decorate with icing glaze: In a bowl, combine sifted powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp milk, and light corn syrup. Whisk until smooth. Then, decorate the cookies.
- Rest and serve: Let them rest for about 3o minutes so the icing is hardened, and serve.
How do you get Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies to hold their shape?
The secret here is to let the dough rest and refrigerate it for about one hour. This will help to hold their shape while also making them soft and buttery.
Another way is to add a few tablespoons of cornstarch to the dry ingredients. This will save you some time on refrigerating while also making the dough easier to handle and of course spread less.
How to decorate Valentine’s Day Cookies?
- In this recipe, I love the galaxy effect when icing them. This gives them a super cool look that is ideal for special occasions. In addition to ice glazing the dessert, you can try some of the following:
- Use sprinkles: This is a quick and easy way to decorate the cookies. Feel free to use any shapes and colors, or a mixture of them.
- Hersey Kiss: You can also add a Hersey Kiss to the center of the cookies.
- M&M’s: Everyone loves M&M’s and it works great on them.
- Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries: Another great idea is to use fresh berries. Simply cut them uniformly, and decorate them on top. The fruits will give them a nice color and flavor.
How to store Sugar Cookies?
Another reason I love these treats is that they can be stored for a longer period. Simply, put them in an airtight container to expose the air, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
To freeze, use a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Let them thaw overnight on the counter prior to serving.
More easy treats for Valentine’s Day:
- Pink White Chocolate Fudge
- Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake
- White Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
- Red Velvet Creme Brulee
- Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue
- I highly recommend using room temperature ingredients. This way, everything incorporates together better and easier.
- Also, you can add a few drops of red or pink food gel coloring into the dough to make them extra-special for this day!
- Refrigerating the dough is essential. Therefore, plan ahead for at least 1 hour to give it some time to rest and chill.
- In addition, feel free to make this dough a few weeks in advance and keep it in the freezer. Simply wrap it well, and freeze. Then, thaw overnight prior to using.
- You can experiment with flavors by adding almond extract, vanilla extract, lemon or lime juice, etc.
- Use cookie cutters to cut them into your favorite forms and shape.
- As stated above, adding a bit of cornstarch will make the cookie’s buttery and prevent them from spreading while baking.
Valentine’s Day Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3-4 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Gel food coloring: purple, red, pink
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and set aside.
- In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined.
- Next, with the mixer on low speed, add flour mix gradually, and beat until fully combined.
- Roll the dough into two balls and press into thick disks.
- Wrap each dough disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Roll and Bake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cover two baking cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cover a flat surface with WAXED paper (no flour). Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and using a rolling pin, form a flat rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Remove the top waxed paper, and use heart cookie cutters to cut different size heart cookies. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, leave 1 1/2 inches distance between them.
- Chill for about 10 minutes. This will help to maintain the shape while baking.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden on the sides.
- Let cookies cool completely.
- In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and light corn syrup. Whisk until smooth. If the mixture is too dry, add additional milk, one teaspoon at a time.
- Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
- The glaze should be thick, and not run off the cookies, it is too thin add more powdered sugar.
- Divide glaze into four small bowls. Prepare 4 toothpicks.
- Working with one bowl at a time, use a toothpick to dip it into the food coloring bottle and then into the glaze. To just add a few droplets of food coloring about.
- Repeat with the remaining glaze and colors.
- Drag the toothpick through the food coloring droplets and glaze until it creates a nice swirl, marble effect.
- Dip the surface of each cookie into the marbled glaze, place on a cooling rack, and let the glaze settle. If using sprinkles, add them immediately after dipping the cookies into the glaze.
- Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.