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.
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.
How to Decorate Valentine Sugar Cookies
After you have made the dough and rolled it out to your desired thickness, use your favorite heart shaped cookies cutter to cut out your valentine sugar cookie hearts.
Make sure not to put your cookies too close together on the cookie sheet. Nothing worse than two cookies that bake together! I also like to use a silicon baking mat or parchment paper to ensure they come off the pan easily. And once baked, make sure they cool completely before frosting.
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.
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.
I just use a spoon to place a nice spoonful right in the middle of the cookie.
Then use a knife to spread it in a nice even layer . I always leave a bit of the edge of the cookie showing.
Then 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. Of course after they are nice and dry it’s time to package them up and deliver them to people you love!
Valentine Sugar Cookie Recipe
Valentine Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie Dough
- 3/4 C butter
- 3/4 C butter flavor Crisco
- 2 C sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla or almond extract. I prefer almond.
- 5 C flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
Sugar Cookie Glaze
- 1 C 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.