Valentine cookies

Share the love with a batch of easy, homemade valentine cookie recipes.


Lemon Butter Valentine Cookie recipes


Makes about 4 dozen (2¼- inch) or 2 dozen (3¼-inch) Valentine cookies.

Hands on time: 30 min. Total time: 1 hr., 29 min (including icing and clade)

You will need:

1 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 cup powdered sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼tsp. salt

Parchment paper

Royal Icing

Colorful Glaze

Valentine cookie recipes


  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Beat butter and zest at medium speed with heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well.
  2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Shape dough into a disc.
  3. Roll dough to ⅛-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2¼ or 3¼-inch heart-shaped cutter; place ½inch apart on parchment paper-lined backing sheets. If desired, cut 1 or 2 holes at top of each Valentine cookies (to hang or thread ribbon through after baking)
  4. Bake at 325º for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, cool completely (about 20 min). Decorate as desired with Royal Icing and Colorful Glaze.

Royal Icing

Makes about 1¾ cups hands-on time: 5 min. Total time: 5 min.

You will need:

3 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. meringue powder

¼ cup cold water

Food coloring paste

  1. 1.   Beat first 3 ingredients at high speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, using whisk attachment, until glossy, stiff peaks form. Tint icing with desired amount of food coloring paste, and beat until blended. Place a damp cloth directly on surface of icing (to prevent a crust from forming) while icing your Valentine cookies.

Colorful Glaze (for your valentine cookie recipes)

Makes about 1 cup hands-on time: 5 min. Total time: 5 min.

You will need:

16-oz. package powdered sugar

Food coloring paste

  1. Stir together powdered sugar and 6 Tbsp. water. Tint glaze with desired amount of food coloring paste, and stir until blended.


*You can purchase food coloring paste at cake-supply and crafts stores or supercenters.



Valentine cookie recipes