The BEST Valentine Cookies– easy, no chill, no spread, soft cookies keep their shape perfectly, and the chocolate ones taste like brownies!
We turned our Best Christmas Cookies into our Best Valentine Cookies. Keep them as they are, or make a few small changes. Either way, these vanilla and chocolate cut out cookies are a Reader Favorite with thousands of reviews and millions of saves every year.
- There is no need to chill the dough before rolling. Just mix, roll, cut, and bake!
- The chocolate cut-out cookies taste just like brownies.
- These Valentine Cookies are soft and can be rolled thick.
- Frost with buttercream, royal icing, chocolate glaze, or enjoy them plain.
Valentine Cookies that keep their shape!
Finally! Readers love this recipe because the cookies keep their shape. Can your cookies spell out cursive words?
You should be able to dent the butter slightly by pressing your finger to it. Your finger should not be able to make a significant mark into the butter or press through to the bottom.
Cream the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
Measure flour in grams for the best, most consistent results (but not necessary if you do not own a kitchen scale).
The dough may feel dry at first, but we suggest allowing your mixer to go for 30 seconds to one minute longer than you think is necessary. The dough will begin to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
The chocolate cookies with rich chocolate glaze are a Valentine Cookie must-make combination!
They are so thick and fudgy that you will think you are biting into a brownie. Add your favorite sprinkles, or keep them classic and simple.
How to frost Valentine Cookies
Don’t let the name fool you- our favorite Christmas Cookie Frosting is sweet and delicious for any holiday sugar cookie. It is a crisping buttercream (sometimes called a crusting buttercream) that dries firm enough to stack but stays soft on top of the cookie. We love this one because the cookies get even better in the following days after frosting them!
You can also use a simple powdered sugar and milk glaze or make our Small Batch Royal Icing. Keep it white or tint it pink and purple. Food gel colors give a vibrant shade without changing the consistency of the frosting. You can even use food gel to tint the dough itself. See our Patchwork Winter Mitten Cookies, for example.
Finally, our Three Ingredient Chocolate Glaze is so popular on Christmas cookies that we had to drizzle it all over these Valentine Cookies. The fudge chocolate glaze dries firm so you can stack the cookies. If it is too firm to pipe or spread easily, you can warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds. Do this as many times as necessary.
Flavor extracts for Valentine Cookies
Make these Valentine Cookies really stand out by swapping vanilla extract for another flavor.
These extracts can be used in the cookies or frosting, or both. Chocolate cookies with strawberry frosting is a treat!
Can Valentine Cookies be made gluten-free?
Yes! To make these the best gluten-free Sugar Cookie, swap out the flour for your favorite gluten-free 1:1 flour.
These Valentine Cookies are a mashup of all of our favorite, most popular cookie and frosting recipes. We will link them here and in the recipe card as well. Follow the links for Ingredient lists and Printable Recipe Cards.
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- Prepare cookies as directed.
- Frost and decorate with sprinkles or colored sanding sugars.