These cut-out, quick, easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies are the perfect holiday treat or activity. Simple enough to do with kids. Delicious enough for adults.
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I was intimidated to post these because other blogs have such BEAUTIFUL Valentine sugar cookies. BUT, this Sugar Cookie Recipe is simple, fast, and tasty. The dough retains shape (no chill required). The cookies are soft, chewy, and perfectly sweet.
Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies
Because the dough retains shape, this recipe is PERFECT for cut-out hearts. I like to make different sizes of hearts with various cookie cutters. I bought this set of cookie cutters – Wilton Cookie Cutters. It was the best purchase. I can create ANYTHING. I use them for baking AND crafts. It includes several different heart shapes and sizes.
How to Decorate Valentine’s Day Cookies
There are many different, EASY ways to decorate Valentine’s Day Cookies. I wish I could draw perfect lines and designs while icing… I’m working on it. Unfortunately, when I try, it takes HOURS. The methods below are quick, effective, and ADORABLE.
First, the icing is just milk and powdered sugar. I usually start with 2 Tbsp of milk and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Sometimes, I need more milk. Other times, I need more sugar. I play with it until I like the texture.
The next step, if you want white icing, is to just dip the sugar cookie, face down, into the icing. That’s it. Sprinkle any toppings before the icing dries. I love the following sprinkles.
How to Color Icing (and Create a Marble Effect)
I created a light pink icing and a cool pink marble icing. Marble icing always looks so pretty to me. I’m also obsessed with making everything marble or tie-dyes. You need to see my “Lisa Frank Cupcakes”. I should post them soon!
Pink Icing… After mixing the icing (as described above), add a drop of red food coloring then mix completely. Add more red to get your desired pink. I always add one drop at a time because red is STRONG. It’s very easy to go far. Unless you want red icing, then do it up.
Marble effect… After mixing the icing, add a couple drops of red coloring. Yes, break the above rule. BUT, drop the coloring in two different places. Take a toothpick and swirl the dye throughout the white. When you like the design, dip the sugar cookie, face down, and let dry.
Easy, Fast, and ADORABLE.
Ingredients for Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened (not melted. It affects the texture.)
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Almond extract
2 tsp. Baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsp. Milk
Sprinkles are optional. (See my favorites above.)
Directions for the Cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and granulated sugar. Do not melt the butter completely. This changes the dough’s ability to retain shape during baking.
3. Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg. Stir!
4. Add the baking powder and flour. Mix it well! I usually abandon my spatula and massage the dough by hand.
Spread & Shape
- On a sheet of parchment paper (Reynolds Kitchens Pop-Up Parchment Paper Sheets are my absolute favorite), sprinkle a little flour. Plop the sugar cookie dough on the paper.
- Spread the dough out and roll it to your desired thickness with a rolling pin. If you have a wooden rolling pin, spread flour on it first! This prevents sticking. (My friend has this Marble Rolling Pin. It works INCREDIBLE. Smooths. Nonstick. Easy to clean.)
- Use heart cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
- Place the cutouts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes.
- Let cool completely.
Directions for the Icing
- In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix it well. If the icing is too dry, add more milk. The icing should look like Elmer’s Glue.
- Please refer to “How to Color Icing (and Create a Marble Effect)” above.
- If you just want white icing or you already made the color/effect you want, dip each cookie, face down, into the icing.
- If using sprinkles, sprinkle them on while the icing is still wet.
- Let dry.
- ENJOY your Easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies!
These easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies are such a fun holiday activity, especially for families. They also taste GREAT! And take no-time at all!
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Please let me know what you think! I’d love to see photos and hear about your Valentine’s Day cookies!
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