Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe (2024)

Who needs flowers when you can have these delicious Valentine's sugar cookies?! They are full of that vanilla buttery flavor but yet wonderfully soft and topped with fantastic frosting.

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You will more than enjoy this Valentine sugar cookies more than probably want because it will be hard to say no to more than just one cookie. Believe me these heart sugar cookies are just that good.

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So, if you are looking for a good Valentine cookie recipe to make, this soft sugar cookie recipe is the one you want to make. It is even a fun craft to do with the kids that they can help make, decorate and eat!

This is our mom’s sugar cookie recipe that she has made forever and it’s easy to see why this delicious treat has become a permanent fixture in her favorite recipe box. It is literally what I look forward to making every year. The sugar cookies are incredibly soft and slightly puffy, packing a little piece of heaven in every bite.

For more amazing Valentine’s dessert recipes try our Valentine’s Day neapolitan cupcakes, Valentine Cookie pops, and our lover muddy buddies recipe. They are all wonderful and perfect for Valentine’s day.

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Ingredients You’ll Need For Our Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe:

Sugar Cookies

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream

Buttercream Frosting

  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Salt
  • Heavy cream
  • Food coloring

How To Make Our Valentine’s Sugar Cookies Recipe:

Sugar Cookie Instructions:

Begin by whisking together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large mixing bowl and then set it aside.

Then in another large bowl beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until they become light and creamy.

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Next add in the eggs one at a time and beat it all together until they are well combined.

Now add the vanilla extract and sour cream, and beat it together on low speed until it is well combined.

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Then add in the dry ingredients. The perfect way of doing this is to set aside a little at a time on slow speed until they are just combined.

The dough will be a little sticky, so that is when you will throw the dough in the fridge for it to chill for 2 or more hours.

While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and then line the baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

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Once the dough is done chilling, lightly flour your counter and sprinkle a little bit on top of the dough and then roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about ¼ of an inch thick.

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Then use your cookie cutters to cut the dough to the desired shape. Heart-shaped cookie cutters are preferable if you’re going for the heart shape. Proceed and place your valentine cookies on the baking sheet.

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After the cookie sheet is full, place it in the oven for 7-9 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden around the edges.

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Pull the freshly baked cookies from the oven, and immediately move them to the cooling rack. Let them cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting:

While the cookies are cooling down, cream together the butter and vanilla extract.

Then gradually add in the powdered sugar and a pinch of salt and beat it together until it is smooth and creamy.

Once that is all mixed together, add in the heavy cream and continue mixing it on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.

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Then divide the frosting up based on how many different shades you want to do for frosting and then mix in the food coloring.

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Once the cookies have cooled down, use a piping bag or a butter knife to frost them to your liking. Whether it’s polka dots, diagonal lines, or a classic frosting technique, let your creativity flow. Serve and enjoy!

To Make This Valentine Dessert You Will Need:

  1. Large mixing bowl (2)
  2. Medium mixing bowl
  3. Baking sheets (THESE are good!)
  4. Hand mixer or stand mixer
  5. Spatula

What to do When You Don’t Have Heavy Cream

I often have heavy cream somewhere in my fridge, but sometimes when I reach for it expired so then I have to think on my feet about what to use instead.

Once decorated, these delightful Valentine Sugar Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, ready to be enjoyed as a delicious treat or a thoughtful gift. Whether you’re baking these cookies for your family, friends, or your significant other, they’re the perfect way to spread love during this special time of year. Don’t forget to check out the printable recipe card for an overview of the recipe and a summary of the nutritional information. Remember to explore our website and socials for more easy recipes! Until next time, happy baking.

That’s when I need to think of substitutions to use in place of heavy cream. The Pioneer Woman has a good list of 7 best heavy creamy substitutions.

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Serves: 48 cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe

3.60 from 5 votes

Who needs flowers when you can have these delicious Valentine sugar cookies?! They are full of that vanilla buttery flavor but yet wonderfully soft and topped with fantastic frosting.

Prep Time 2 hours hrs 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 7 minutes mins

Total Time 2 hours hrs 22 minutes mins



Sugar Cookies

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • cups sour cream

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • food coloring optional


Sugar Cookies

  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

  • In a bowl, beat together butter and sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is mixed in well.

  • Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

  • Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined. Dough is supposed to be a little sticky. Chill in the refrigerator for two hours or more.

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats; set aside.

  • Lightly flour the work surface and top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.

  • Using cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cool the freshly baked cookies completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting

  • To make the frosting, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and the pinch of salt. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, then beat at medium-high speed for a minute or two until light and fluffy. Add food coloring, if desired, and beat until combined.

  • Once cookies have cooled, frost and eat!


Here are a few of our favorite ideas for decorating these Valentine Sugar Cookies:

  • Holiday M&M’s
  • Twizzler Nibs
  • Red Hots
  • Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries
  • White, Pink, and Red Sprinkle
  • Valentine’s Sixlets
  • Any Valentine Seasonal Candies
  • Sprinkles


Calories: 221 kcal · Carbohydrates: 31 g · Protein: 2 g · Fat: 10 g · Saturated Fat: 6 g · Cholesterol: 37 mg · Sodium: 68 mg · Potassium: 34 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 18 g · Vitamin A: 324 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 20 mg · Iron: 1 mg


  • Mixing Bowl

  • Stand Mixer (optional, but makes this recipe so much easier)

  • Baking Sheet

  • Rolling Pin

  • Cookie cutters

  • Cooling Rack

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  1. Jacqueline says:

    Is 6 cups the correct amount of flour? Seems like way too much flour.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    The santa sugar cookie recipe is exact same recipe except there it calls for 4 cups flour - so which recipe is the correct one?

  3. Cyd says:

    The two recipes are very different. Santa sugar cookies have 1/2 cup sour cream. The valentine cookies have 1 1/2 cups sour cream. Many other ingredient amounts are totally different. I guess it depends on how many cookies you need. If you need more, go with the recipe with the larger amounts.

  4. Mira says:

    💝 the Heart Cookies!!!

  5. Marilyn says:

    Weird sugar cookie. Puffed up like it was a cake. Not very good in taste

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  6. Kim says:

    Loved these cookies. Very cake like soft and still keeps shape! I added almond to the buttercream and they were all gone quickly

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  7. Mary Johns says:

    This is my go-to sugar cookie recipe! I prefer sugar cookies to be thick and soft and these turn out perfect every time!

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  8. maya says:

    These were so fun to make with my kids! We loved the cookie part, but we used store bought frosting and it was awesome. Thanks for a good cookie recipe!

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  9. Emily J. says:

    Mine did the SAME thing… it should be stated anywhere in the recipe that these puff up and turn out very cakey. I’m sure some people want that but I do not. aaaand once I made the cookies, there’s no goin back. So 2/5 stars because they’re still edible

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Based on this article, it appears to be a recipe for Valentine's sugar cookies. The article includes the ingredients and instructions for making the cookies and the buttercream frosting. It also suggests various ways to decorate the cookies and mentions that they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Ingredients for Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe:

  • Sugar Cookies:

    • 6 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1½ cups sour cream
  • Buttercream Frosting:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
    • Food coloring (optional)

Instructions for Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream on low speed until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. The dough will be slightly sticky.
  6. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to a thickness of about ¼ inch.
  9. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place them on the prepared baking sheets.
  10. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden around the edges.
  11. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In a bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla extract.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and salt, beating until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the heavy cream and continue mixing on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Divide the frosting into separate bowls if you want to use different colors.
  5. Add food coloring to each bowl of frosting and mix until well combined.
  6. Once the cookies have cooled, use a piping bag or a butter knife to frost them with the buttercream frosting.

Please note that the article also includes comments from readers who have tried the recipe and shared their experiences. Some readers mentioned that the cookies turned out soft and cake-like, while others enjoyed the taste and found the recipe easy to follow.

I hope this information helps you in making Valentine's sugar cookies! Enjoy baking and decorating!

Valentine Sugar Cookies Recipe (2024)


How far in advance can you make decorated sugar cookies? ›

On the counter in an airtight container, I'd say up to 3-4 weeks. Personally, I prefer to eat them within 1 week or freeze them. Frozen properly, they can easily lats 3-6 months (or more!). You can even freeze dough before it's baked (just makes sure it is VERY securely airtight!).

What is a Nazareth sugar cookie? ›

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. German Protestant settlers created a round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth cookie. Jumbles are the earliest form of sugar cookies.

What is the best sugar for cookies? ›

In that role, white sugar aerates the dough when creamed with butter for thick and puffy cookies. Brown sugar, meanwhile, is dense and compacts easily, creating fewer air pockets during creaming—that means that there's less opportunity to entrap gas, creating cookies that rise less and spread more.

How to jazz up sugar cookies? ›

Take plain sugar cookies up a notch with exciting mix-ins like chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, toasted chopped nuts, chopped dried fruit or M&M's. Add these after blending your butter and egg into the sugar cookie mix.

Should you refrigerate sugar cookies before decorating? ›

*Use my royal icing recipe. Icing will completely set in about 2 hours at room temperature. If you're layering royal icing onto cookies for specific designs and need it to set quickly, place cookies in the refrigerator to speed it up. It's important to have the correct cookie decorating supplies on hand, too.

What is a Navy Seal sugar cookie? ›

McRaven describes the experience of Navy SEAL trainees who are subject — often randomly — to a punishment where they are directed to get wet and sandy on the beaches. By the time they are finished the trainees, covered in sand, look like “sugar cookies.”

Why are they called cowboy cookies? ›

Some claim cowboy cookies hail from Texas, a state many cowboys call home. Others say the treats were named for their ability to withstand long days in saddlebag.

What is Snoop Dogg cookies? ›

Snoop Dogg's peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe - His original cookie features creamy peanut butter and semisweet chocolate morsels, making it the perfect indulgence this holiday season. #

Is it better to use powdered sugar or granulated sugar in sugar cookies? ›

All levels of powdered sugar grind can be used interchangeably with each other in cookie recipes. But take note: powdered sugar is not to be substituted for granulated sugar or brown sugar, since the added cornstarch in powdered sugar changes cookie chemistry and texture.

What happens if I use powdered sugar instead of regular sugar in cookies? ›

You'll end up with a grainy, unappealing texture. Lastly, store-bought powdered sugar generally includes corn starch, which prevents it from caking together. This can lead to unpredictable outcomes when you interchange the two.

What can I add to sugar cookies for flavor? ›

Why buy ready-to-bake when it is really easy to make sugar cookies? You can add citrus zest, cinnamon, or almond extract to the dough. You could also ice them with a tasty frosting and add some nuts or toasted coconut.

Can you over mix sugar cookies? ›

Over-working the dough yields a tough cookie, which is not at all what you want. The very best sugar cookies are soft and tender. → Follow this tip: One of the keys to great sugar cookies is mixing the dry ingredients only until they're just incorporated, and not a second longer.

When should I add sprinkles to sugar cookies? ›

Dip cookie dough rounds in sprinkles or sugar before baking. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cookie dough rounds about 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

How many days in advance can you make decorated cookies? ›

Although I've tested them for longer and the batches I've tried seem fine for up to 4 weeks, my general rule of thumb is up to 2 weeks.

How do you keep sugar cookies fresh before decorating? ›

Baked, undecorated cookies can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. When you're ready to decorate, remove the cookies from the freezer and allow them to thaw until they are room temperature.

How many days will sugar cookies stay fresh? ›

“Homemade sugar cookies should ideally be consumed within two to three days, but can last up to one week at room temperature if stored properly in an air-tight container in a dry, cool place,” Mok says.

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