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Happy Valentine’s Day! I have the most delicious heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sugar cookie recipe that you are going to LOVE. (See what I did there??) 😉
Highlights of these amazing heart-shaped sugar cookies:
- Perfect balance of buttery and sweet
- Dough does not have to be refrigerated before rolling out (time saver!!)
- Clean, precise cut-out edges even after being baked
- Frosting is SOFT with just enough firmness to hold its design and be stacked when dry
I make these heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sugar cookies every year with my kids. They LOVE to make cookies. Mostly, I think they just like to pile on as much frosting and sprinkles on the cookies as they possibly can. But hey, if they’re having fun, I’m having fun. 🙂
What Tools Will You Need?
We decorate our cookies using these Wilton cookie decorating tips and bags. I make sure to keep some extra Wilton disposable decorating bags on hand, especially if we are planning to make a lot of different colors of frosting. And it is really nice to just throw the frosting-covered decorating bags away after we use them! And lastly, we use the Wilton’s GEL icing colors to color our frosting. I prefer the gel and it seems to be true to color and mix easily and evenly.
I use my silicone rolling pin and pastry mat ALL THE TIME. I use it for these sugar cookies, my 5-minute pie crust, my easy 10-minute homemade pizza crust, and for anything that requires food coloring so I don’t stain my granite counter tops! If you don’t have a silicone rolling pin and pastry mat, I would definitely recommend you pick one up.
As you can see, these cookies hold their shape perfectly after they have been cut out and cooked.
We made some unicorn cookies too because…well…why not?
Let me just say that this is NOT your average sugar cookie recipe.
I don’t even like sugar cookies, and that is why I researched and baked my way to this ONE-OF-A-KIND recipe. These cookies have a delicate balance of buttery and sweet, and they are super SOFT. This recipe is the same recipe I use for my Christmas Sugar Cookies. There is NOT A BETTER sugar cookie recipe out there. Trust me.
So are you ready to make some heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sugar cookies? They would be perfect for dessert for the whole family tonight! I know we will be enjoying them with our kiddos this evening!
If you try this recipe, I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ahouseahappyhome so I can check it out. Enjoy, friends!
The Perfect, Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe
These sugar cookies are soft, flaky, and the perfect balance of buttery and sweet. They are excellent for cut-outs and they hold their shape perfectly. This dough does not need to be chilled. Make these cookies with the Perfect Sugar Cookie Frosting and you will have a perfect holiday sugar cookie every time.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour plus a little more for rolling out dough
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the vanilla and egg.
In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder with flour. Then add a little bit of the dry mixture at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it gets too stiff for your mixer, simply finish mixing the dough by kneading it with your hands on a clean, floured surface.
Do not chill the dough. Divide it into 3 batches and roll it out onto a clean, floured surface, one batch at a time, in sheets that are about 1/4 inch thick.
Use your cookie cutters to cut out your cookies and place them on a cookie sheet at least one inch apart.
Bake them at 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Let them cool on a cookie sheet for about 2 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
If you need to chill the dough then roll the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic-wrap, and make sure to set it out on the counter for about 10 minutes before rolling it out.
If you would like your cookies more crispy then cook them for 7-8 minutes, instead of 6 minutes.
The Perfect Sugar Cookie Frosting
This frosting is creamy, soft and not too sweet. It will be soft while you decorate with it but it will crisp up slightly as it dries, which makes it the perfect frosting for decorating cookies!
- 1 cup shortening (I use Spectrum Organic!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Food coloring if desired
Mix together the shortening and vanilla with an electric mixer. Beat until creamy (at least 1 minute).
Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
As the mixture starts to become dry, begin adding the milk a little bit at a time alternating with the powdered sugar.
Beat until smooth and creamy. Use more or less milk to reach desired consistency.
Add food coloring, if desired. (It makes decorating more fun!)
I know many people are against using shortening, and I was too, but the shortening is what makes this frosting firm up, so it's really the best. I use Spectrum Organic Shortening, which is healthier than the regular brands. You can swap half the shortening for butter but the frosting will have a softer finish and will not stack well.