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Easy Valentine Message Sugar Cookies Recipe

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This easy Valentine cookies recipe is a fun way to send a special Valentine’s Day message to your kids and family members. Not only are these cookies delicious, but they are also a fun activity for your kids to do too!

Valentine themed cookies sitting on a wooden board.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about classroom parties and family celebrations. These Valentine’s Day cookies are the perfect way to celebrate the love holiday.

Why You Should Make These Valentine’s Message Cookies

  • Fun – These cookies are a fun way to send a special Valentine’s Day message.
  • Delicious – They taste great and they’re easy to make. What more could you ask for?
  • Great for Parties – Valentine’s Day message cookies are perfect for classroom parties and family celebrations.
  • A great activity to do with the kids – Kids can make their own messages, cut them out, and decorate them by pasting on candy pieces, etc.

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes recipe.

Ingredients For Valentine Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for cookies sitting on a marble countertop.
  • Flour: A staple in any baking endeavor, flour forms the structure of your cookies. It’s like the building block, providing the base for your delicious treat.
  • Baking powder: Acting as the leavening agent, baking powder helps your cookies rise, giving them a light and fluffy texture.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt can intensify the sweet flavors in your cookie, making it a crucial, though often overlooked, ingredient.
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature: The fat in the butter adds richness and flavor to your cookies, while its water content, when heated, aids in leavening. Room-temperature butter ensures even distribution throughout the dough.
  • Sugar: Sugar doesn’t just add sweetness; it also contributes to the browning and crispness of your cookies.
  • Egg: Eggs bind the ingredients together and add moisture, making the cookies chewy.
  • Milk: Milk adds moisture and helps to create a tender texture in cookies. It also reacts with the baking powder to aid with rising.
  • Powdered sugar for rolling: Rolling your cookies in powdered sugar before baking gives them a sweet, decorative coating, perfect for a festive touch.
  • Food coloring (optional): A few drops of food coloring can turn your cookies into a fun and visually appealing treat, especially for holidays or themed parties.
  • Large heart sprinkles: These add an adorable aesthetic touch, perfect for Valentine’s Day or any love-themed occasion.
  • White cookie frosting: Frosting allows you to add a layer of sweetness and also acts as an adhesive for any additional decorations.
  • Chocolate writing frosting in a piping bag: The ultimate tool for cookie customization, this allows you to add personal messages, intricate designs, or just some flavorful drizzles to your cookies.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use food coloring gel to change up the color of your cookie dough, if you want a colored cookie.
  • Top the cookies with festive sprinkles to match the occasion.
  • For extra flavor add 1 teaspoon of vanilla, almond, or lemon extract to your cookie dough.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to your cookie dough for a spicier cookie.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make Easy Valentine’s Cookies

Collage of creating cookie dough.
  • Combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set it aside. (Photo 1)
  • In another medium bowl, mix butter and sugar until smooth. (Photo 2)
  • Add egg and milk. (Photo 3)
  • On low speed, gradually add flour to the mixer until it separates from the bowl. (Photo 4)
  • Knead the dough until mixed well.
  • If you want to add food coloring, knead it into the dough until it spreads evenly.
Collage of assembling the cookies.
  • Shape the dough into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap, and cool it in the fridge for 2 hours. (Photo 5)
  • Cut the dough into cookies and bake cookies at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. (Photo 6)
  • Let the cookies cool on a wire cooling rack and then frost them with white icing. (Photos 7 & 8)
Collage of decorating the cookies.
  • Use chocolate icing or royal icing to write messages on the baked cookies. Cut a small hole in the corner of a piping bag or a plastic bag for this. (Photo 9)
  • Put a heart sprinkle on each cookie. Enjoy! (Photo 10)
Two cookies with white frosting decorated with heart sprinkles and with a writing that says "always."

Expert Tips 

  • For best results, make sure that your butter is at room temperature. This will help you get the fluffiest and softest Valentines day homemade cookies.
  • Do not overmix your cookie dough once you add in the flour. The best way is to mix until just combined once you add the flour. Overmixing the flour will cause your cookies to be tough.
  • Be sure to chill your cookie dough before baking so that the cookies hold their shape well during the baking process.
  • If you do not have a piping bag on hand, you can use a storage bag with a corner cut-off.

Storing Tips 

Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

You can freeze these cookies baked or unbaked for up to three months.

What To Serve With Valentine’s Cookies

These Valentine’s Day message cookies are a delightful treat on their own, but pairing them with other items can create a more comprehensive festive spread. You can serve them alongside a warm cup of hot cocoa or milk for a comforting treat. 

Their sweet nature also makes them a perfect dessert following a romantic dinner. Consider a light meal like a pasta dish or a gourmet salad, which won’t be too heavy before indulging in these sweet treats. 

Additionally, fruit salads or a selection of fresh fruits can complement the cookies, providing a refreshing and healthier option. A glass of dessert wine would also pair nicely, enhancing the overall indulgence.

Frosted cookie topped with three heart sprinkles.

Valentines Message Cookies FAQs

Can I use gluten-free flour in this recipe?  

Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour with an equivalent amount of gluten-free baking flour. Just make sure it is a 1:1 baking blend, which usually contains xanthan gum.

Can I use a different type of sugar, like brown sugar or coconut sugar?  

Yes, you can. However, this may slightly alter the texture and flavor of the cookies. Brown sugar will make the cookies softer and chewier, while coconut sugar will impart a slightly caramel-like flavor.

I don’t have large heart sprinkles. Can I use other types of sprinkles?

Absolutely! Feel free to use any sprinkle design or even chocolate chips you prefer or have on hand. The heart sprinkles are just a suggestion for Valentine’s Day.

I’m vegan. How can I modify this recipe? 

You can substitute the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil, the egg with a flax egg, and the milk with non-dairy milk like almond or oat milk. As for the frosting, there are vegan options available on the market, or you can make a simple glaze with powdered sugar and non-dairy milk.

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Cookies decorated with red hearts and black words like "always" and "love."
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Easy Valentine Message Sugar Cookies Recipe


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 23 minutes
Yields 24 Cookies
Looking for a fun and unique way to show your loved ones how much you care this Valentine's Day? Try making this Valentine Cookies Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups (375 g) flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup (227 g) Unsalted Butter room tempurature
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar for rolling
  • Food coloring optional
  • Large heart sprinkles
  • White cookie frosting
  • Chocolate writing frosting in piping bag

Instructions

  • Combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set it aside.
    3 cups flour,¾ teaspoon baking powder,¼ teaspoon Salt
  • In another medium bowl, mix butter and sugar until smooth.
    1 cup Unsalted Butter,1 cup sugar
  • Add egg and milk.
    1 egg,1 tablespoon milk
  • On low speed, gradually add flour to the mixer until it separates from the bowl.
  • Knead the dough until mixed well.
  • If you want to add food coloring, knead it into the dough until it spreads evenly.
    Food coloring
  • Shape the dough into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap, and cool it in the fridge for 2 hours.
    Powdered sugar for rolling
  • Cut the dough into cookies and bake cookies at 375℉ degrees for 7-10 minutes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Let the cookies cool on a wire cooling rack and then frost them with white icing.
    White cookie frosting
  • Use chocolate icing or royal icing to write messages on the baked cookies. Cut a small hole in the corner of a piping bag or a plastic bag for this.
    Chocolate writing frosting in piping bag
  • Put a heart sprinkle on each cookie.
    Large heart sprinkles

Notes

  • For best results, make sure that your butter is at room temperature. This will help you get the fluffiest and softest Valentines day homemade cookies.
  • Do not overmix your cookie dough once you add in the flour. The best way is to mix until just combined once you add the flour. Overmixing the flour will cause your cookies to be tough.
  • Be sure to chill your cookie dough before baking so that the cookies hold their shape well during the baking process.
  • If you do not have a piping bag on hand, you can use a storage bag with a corner cut-off.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Cookie Calories: 244kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 34g (11%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 11g (17%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 27mg (9%) Sodium: 76mg (3%) Potassium: 44mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 21g (23%) Vitamin A: 247IU (5%) Calcium: 15mg (2%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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