Share the love this Valentine’s Day with these tender and delicious Valentine Sugar Cookie.
I always make heart shaped sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. These fun and delicious valentine sugar cookies are a sweet treat for your valentine. And decorating them is a fun Valentine’s day activity for the family. I love thin sugar cookies, but this recipe works great if you want to make a thicker sugar cookie too.
Can I Use butter instead?
This recipe uses butter flavored shortening. I know some of you don’t cook with shortening, so you can check out my decorated sugar cookie recipe for an all butter version. But there is something about using shortening in certain recipes that just works better.
Sugar Cookie Tips
Allow dough to soften slightly before working with it. It is easier to work with slightly chilled dough. If dough gets too warm just put it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes to firm up a bit.
Divide dough into 2-4 pieces and work with one piece at a time, rolling it out and cutting out cookies. Keep the other pieces covered and refrigerated until ready to use.
Freeze cookies before decorating if you are making them ahead. In an airtight container they will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. Cookies will last for up to a week if not frozen.
How to Make Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies
- Mix together ingredients and chill dough for at least one hour.
- Roll dough out to desired thickness.
- Use your favorite heart shaped cookies cutter to cut out your valentine sugar cookie hearts.
- Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure not to put your cookies too close together on the cookie sheet. Nothing worse than two cookies that bake together!
- Bake until slightly browned on edges
- Cool completely.
How to Frost a Sugar Cookie
For these valentine cookies, I used my favorite cookie glaze frosting. It gives you a nice, shiny flat finish. And it dries hard so they are easy to stack and package. If you prefer a buttercream frosting use this recipe.
- Mix together ingredients. You want the glaze to be runny, but not too runny. It should be thin enough that it is easy to spread, but thick enough that it doesn’t run off the edges of the cookie.
- Use a spoon to place a nice spoonful right in the middle of the cookie.
- Take a knife and spread it in a nice even layer. I always leave a bit of the edge of the cookie showing.
- Before the frosting sets up and dries add your sprinkles.
- Allow the frosting to set. The glaze frosting will set up firm, just be sure to let them set up long enough.
- After they are nice and dry it’s time to package them up and deliver them to people you love!
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Valentine Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie Dough
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup butter flavor Crisco
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla or almond extract. I prefer almond.
- 5 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
Sugar Cookie Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp milk or whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- 1 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- few drops of flavoring of your choice I like almond
For the Sugar Cookie Dough
- Combine butter, Crisco and sugar in bowl and beat.
- Add in eggs and extract and mixed until combined
- Add in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Roll out cookies to desired thickness and cut with cookie cutter.
- Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes depending on thickness of cookie. If you like them softer, bake less.
- Combine powder sugar, extract and corn syrup in bowl.
- If you are using a liquid food coloring, you will need to use LESS milk. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same. Add in milk to desired consistency. It will get too runny fast so be careful.
- The corn syrup gives the “shine” to the frosting that you want.