Valentine’s Day Cookies – Lauren’s Latest

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These Valentine’s Day Cookies are the cutest little treats for Valentine’s Day! Perfectly sweet with a red heart in the middle of each cookie! If you want to try an amazing traditional sugar cookie, I have a great Sugar Cookies with Icing recipe on my site too. It’s an amazing fail-proof cookie that is literally one of my favorite go-to recipes.

white cookies with red hearts in the middle spread out on parchment paper and cooling rack

These Valentine’s Day Slice and Bake Cookies are a fun variation to traditional sugar cookies! I’m sure you’ve seen the pre-made slice and bake dough with holiday images at the store. While store bought dough is great when you are short on time, nothing is better than a homemade sugar cookie. I promise these are easier than they look, but you can totally take all the compliments when your friends gush over how fancy these are. 😉

valentine's cookies loaded on a plate

Fun Holiday Variations

The fun thing about this recipe is that you can make it for nearly any holiday! Here are a couple of fun Slice and Bake Cookie variations:

  • St. Patricks Day – dye some dough green and find a shamrock cookie cutter for a cute Irish cookie!
  • Easter – add less food dye for a pastel look and find a bunny or egg shaped cookie cutter.
  • Christmas – skip the middle part and instead roll the edges of the dough in red, green and white sprinkles for a simple Christmas cookie.
  • Fourth of July – taking some notes from the Christmas sections, use red, white and blue sprinkles!
  • Halloween – dye the outside dough purple, black or orange and keep the inside dough plain for some spooky contrast!

How to Make Valentine’s Day Cookies

For full recipe details, including ingredients and measurements needed, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is step by step what to expect when making these fun Valentine Slice and Bake Cookies:

In a small bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg and vanilla. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients.

Add Red Fooding Coloring to Smaller Portion of Dough

Once dough has come together, remove 2/3 of dough to a separate bowl. Stir in the red food coloring to the smaller portion of dough until uniform in color.

Roll Out Red Dough

Next, roll the red dough out pretty thick, about 1 inch thick, and start cutting out hearts with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Once you have them all cut, line them all up and do your best to stick them together without ruining their shape. I ended up with 3 stacks of hearts.

*Hot Tip! I have found that freezing the stacks for 30 minutes or so makes them easier to work with and not loose their shape. Lightly cover stacks with plastic wrap on a baking sheet and place into the freezer. The regular dough is actually better to be softer (at room temp) so it can stick well to the hearts, otherwise there are going to be some holes between the two colors. 

Roll Remaining Dough Out

Divide your remaining uncolored cookie dough into 3 (since I have 3 stacks of red hearts) and cover each tower of stacked hearts, being careful to keep them together.

Hot Tip! I found that rolling out snakes of dough and sticking them down the sides was the easiest and fastest way to get them covered.

Wrap + Refrigerate 1 Hour

Once the heart stacks are covered completely, give each a gently roll to create a smooth, round edge. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour to overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Remove the cylinders of dough from fridge and slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Place onto the prepared baking sheet leaving 1 inch around each cookie.


Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookie is barely {and I mean barely} brown on the bottoms, if brown at all and isn’t shiny. Remove from oven and cool 2 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.

Hot Tip! Wanna know the trick to having perfectly round cookies? Before removing from the baking sheet, take a large round cookie cutter and swirl the cookies around it immediately after they come out of the oven and are still hot. This is called “cookie scooting”. This will fix some of the edges and give them a rounder shape.

stacked Valentine's Day cookies

Make Ahead + Storage Directions

Store Valentine Cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 3 days.

To Freeze + Bake Later– prepare dough as the recipe instructs up until placing the dough in the fridge. At this point you can place wrapped dough cylinders into a freezer safe bag and into the freezer until ready to bake. When ready to bake, allow the dough to thaw overnight in the fridge before baking.

stacked valentines cookies, top cookie has a bite missing

Love Sugar Cookies? Give These Recipes a Try!

Be sure to make these soon for the ones you love! The printable recipe card is below. Enjoy! 🙂

white cookies with red hearts in the middle spread out on a board