I love making holidays special for my family. Whether it’s by decorating the house or making special treats or big meals, doing something a little extra special goes a long way to making great memories together.
These heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sugar cookies are just the thing to bring a smile to your sweetheart’s face this year. They look like a fancy, gourmet treat, but in reality, are pretty easy to make.
The cookies are made from scratch, but I did take a little help from the store and used store-bought strawberry frosting and sprinkles for the decorations.
If you want to make your own frosting, I recommend the strawberry frosting in this cupcake recipe from my friend Shelly at Frugal Family Home. (The cupcakes are great too!)
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To make your heart-shaped cookies, start by creaming sugar and butter together in a large mixing bow, using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, whipping until creamy, 2-3 minutes.
Add in vanilla extract and egg, continue to mix, then sift in flour and baking powder. The mixture will be stiff so you might have to use your hands to finish mixing, if needed.
Divide the dough into 3-4 smaller batches, and then use a rolling pin to roll out one batch of dough at a time onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/4″ thick.
Use heart cookie cutters to cut out the heart shaped cookies. You will want a even amount of cookies to make the treats.
Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2″ apart, then bake for 7-9 minutes and let cool completely.
When the cookies are completely cool, you can start decorating. The easiest way to apply the frosting is with a piping bag. These disposable piping bags are easy to use and don’t require any clean-up…you just toss them out when finished.
Pipe a line of frosting around the edge of a cookie with your piping bag. I like a rather thick line of frosting, but you can choose how much frosting you use depending on the size of the tip on your piping bag. This set of tips has a good variety of sizes.
To make the sandwich, place a second heart cookie on top of the frosting, and tap it gently to adhere.
To apply the sprinkles, pour them into a small bowl, then gently press the frosted sides of the cookies into the sprinkles until they stick.
Valentine Heart Sandwich Cookies
- 1 C. butter softened to room temperature
- 1 C. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 3 C. flour
- strawberry frosting (I used strawberry)
- heart cookie cutter
- round frosting tip
- disposable piping bag
- Valentine sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, combine the softened butter. Whip until creamy, 2-3 minutes.
Add in the vanilla extract and egg, continue to mix.
- Sift in the 3 cups of flour and baking powder.
- The mixture will be stiff so use your hands to finish mixing, if needed.
- Divide the dough into 3-4 smaller batches.
- Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thick.
Use the heart cookie cutters to cut out the heart shaped cookies. You will want a even amount of cookies to make the treats.
Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2" apart.
- Place the cookies in the oven.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes and let cool completely.
- Attach the frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and fill with strawberry frosting.
- Gently frost the edges of the bottom of a heart shaped cookie.
- Gently place another heart shaped cookie bottom side down on the frosting so it creates a cookie sandwich.
Pour the Valentine sprinkles into a small dish and gently press the sides the cookie sandwich into the Valentine sprinkles.
- Repeat with all the cookies.
Wasn’t that easy? The kids could even do most of the work on these yummy treats! (You still want to supervise around the oven though!)
Your family and friends will love these beautiful gourmet-looking Valentine’s Day sugar cookies, and love you even more for taking the time to make them 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day!