Craving > Sweet on Sugar Cookies Plus Valentine’s Day Hearts

by heidi on February 9, 2012

Foodie Crush Sugar Cookies

When I was in 7th grade I was OBSESSED with hearts. Anything hearts. Everything hearts. Hearts, hearts, hearts. I’d draw fat bubble hearts over and over, making my mark on just about everything my magic markers could get close to. Oh and rainbows and juicy red lips.

So its no surprise that my Smudge is now equally obsessed with the red pulsating symbols of happiness. She hasn’t quite hit the “love” obsession yet—she still has penguins and puppies inside of hearts on the brain—so in the voice of ex-NFL QB Kurt Warner, “Thank you Jesus!” that we have a few more years before teenage love=angst hits our doorstep.

Foodie Crush Sugar Cookies

So Smudge’s request for sugar cookies was no surprise. Of course she had to choose the ittiest, bittiest cookie cutter to create her love cookies and we broke out ALL of the decorating fixins. We made minis, maxis, and cookies on sticks. And then we ate. A lot. And then we made more cookies that may or may not make it into our valentine’s hands featuring these adorbs downloadable tags in one of my fave Foodie Crush fonts from Emily at Tar-Tryin.

This recipe is seriously the bomb and like my other childhood fave—my mom’s fudge—is the one Miss P (my mom) broke out anytime a cookie cutter and rolling pin were involved.

Way more flavorful than other doughs I’ve tried, this is one that you’re lucky if you have any left to actually bake cookies with. Hello beaters! Thanks to a dose of almond flavoring they’re a bit more unique and subbing granular white sugar with powdered sugar gives these cookies a more delicate bite that is far from cakelike that so many other sugar cookies recipes hold dear.

Foodie Crush Sugar CookieI sometimes frost these sweeties with a cream cheese powdered sugar old fashion down and dirty frosting, but have lately been giving them the royal icing treatment.

Need tips on how to line and flood—yeah, that’s cookie speak, are you impressed? Check out this terrific video from Marian at Sweetopia and her royal icing recipe.

These babies are F-I-N-E! Come on, give ‘em a go.

Almond Flavor Sugar Cookies

Yield: makes 3-4 dozen


1 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. With a hand or stand mixer, cream together powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg, almond and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Sift together flour, soda and cream of tartar and add to sugar mixture, mix until well combined.
  5. Divide dough into two disc shapes, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll out dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and cut into cookie shapes. Place on lightly greased or silpat covered cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove and cool on cookie sheet. Frost with royal icing.
  6. ** dough can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 3 days.

There’s a little heart beat for every food fetish, from bacon lovers, to sweethearts to raw foodies, there’s a food blogger recipe for everyone. Make yourself and your lover happy with any one of these gems.

Foodie Crush The Paper Mama Bacon Hearts

The Paper Mama’s Bacon of Hearts

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Food Plus Words’ Sugar Cookie Bracelets

Foodie Crush Holly's Helpings Heart Shaped Sushi

Holly’s Helpings’ Heart Shaped Sushi 

Foodie Crush Annies Eats Red Velvet Whoopi Pies

Annie’s Eats’ Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Foodie Crush Sophistomom Chicken Soup with heart shaped carrots

Sophistomom’s Chicken Soup with Heart Shaped Carrots 

Foodie Crush Camille Styles Heart Shaped Pancakes

Camille Styles’ Valentine’s Pancakes

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6 Bittersweets’ Chocolate Nutella Alfajores

Foodie Crush Barbara Bakes Vanilla Pana Cotta

Barbara Bakes’ Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis 

Foodie Crush My New Roots Heart Beet Rawvioli

My New Roots Heart Beat Rawvioli with Pesto Oil

Hey, what’s in store for your valentine? Come on, share with me so I can be sufficiently jealous of all the romance in the air! ARE YOU LISTENING G??

More Foodie Crush Valentines Day eats:
Alaskan King Crab Legs
Snickerdoodles with White Chocolate Chips
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Stuffed Mushrooms
Red Velvet Cupcakes 

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Posted in: baking and breads,desserts and sweets,recipes

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

They’re awesome and I’m going to link your cookies up in a VDay roundup post I’m doing. They are gorgeous, Heidi. That icing is SO SMOOTH!


heidi February 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

Thanks Averie, getting them smooth wasn’t all that hard thx to the tips in Sweetopia’s video that is SO great. Man does she have a steady hand! I cannot wait to see your round-up, my teeth are already aching from the sugar rush I’m anticipating!


The Cozy Herbivore February 10, 2012 at 6:55 am

I was also obsessed with hearts in my younger days! These cookies look just like the doodle hearts I used to scrawl in the margins of my math notebooks. How cute, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!


heidi February 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

What better way to distract yourself from math than doodling hearts and love links?


Jennifer @ Mother Thyme February 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

These are just adorable! I loved hearts when I was younger too. Now I find myself doing little things with hearts again, especially this time of year with my kids. These are the perfect Valentine’s Day sweet!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes February 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

Your cookies are so fun. Love that you made different sizes. Sounds like a great way to spend time with Smudge. Thanks for the link love!


Michelle February 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

perfect timing! making them this weekend :) Will be a great end to our valentines celebration with sleigh riding. I wish you and smudge were joining us ;)


Lauren from Baklust February 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

So cute! I love how vibrant they are!

And I’m 28, and still love hearts! :)


Emmy Kastner February 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

Oh! Thanks for sharing my gift labels! I’m having a kiddo sugar cookie decorating party on Valentine’s Day and just sat down to find a recipe! You knew just what I needed! TGFFC! (That’s Thank God for Foodie Crush, of course) xoxoxo


Annalise February 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

So glad you were able to make and post these cookies– they are SO CUTE! I’m definitely craving a frosted sugar cookie now.


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

Maybe we can make you some pickle and peanut butter sugar cookies :)


Chelsey The Paper Mama February 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

Wow. Those cookies are beautiful! Paired with my bacon: perfect. ;)

Haven’t stopped by since Alt yet. It was so lovely meeting you! You’re so sweet.


Deborah February 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I always use my mom’s sugar cookie recipe, which I love, but I’m totally tempted to make a batch of these right now!!


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

Oooh yum, mom’s recipes always seem to be the best since they remind us of being kids with no responsibilities :) is it on your blog?


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray February 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Gorgeous cookies and probably my favorite V-Day round-up so far!


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:13 am

Wow, thank you. It was so much fun poking around all of these talented bloggers sites and spreading the love. DOH! Umm, yes that one was obvious. XO


MikeVFMK February 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I`m not a big heart shaped food guy but those cookies look good. I can`t lie. Love them. And the photography is so light and airy. Beautiful.


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

Wow, a photo compliment from you is like a knighthood from the queen! I stand so deep in your shadows of pic taking knowledge and would love nothing more than to get some one on one tips. Let’s make a date!


Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} February 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I love the heart round-up! People are so creative!!! I am wanting each and every one of these right now… guess I better get my butt into the kitchen ;)


marla February 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

You + these hearts amaze me!! Heidi this is such a great round up of everything hearts! I will check out all of the links now. I have just become a new fan of Tar-Tryin’ thanks to your link here :)
The cookies are stunning + your daughter has great taste like her mama!! ~xo~


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:07 am

Thank you Marla and so glad you found a new blogger and her talents to enjoy. XO happy V-day


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

love all of these!!


Marian (Sweetopia) February 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Well, thanks for sharing! I’m super glad you liked the video! I often wonder if these videos are actually helping someone or others… and I’m thinking your cookies look stellar & sweet – bravo to you and Smudge! Thanks for linking to me, and thanks for the other Valentine ideas… am feeling inspired!


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

Are you serious? The video is the BEST and so helpful and showcases how easy it can be. One reader commented about the icing being pretty hard when dried. That’s the style or royal icing but do you have any tips on softening it? Don’t know if it would still
Spread nicely or not. Thanks!!


Teronia Bayonne (Tara) February 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Nice roundup! Cute cookies!


Jenni February 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Heidi! I’ve been looking for a sugar cookie recipe with powdered sugar for years. My grandma made them this way and we lost the recipe. You are my hero! Thank you :)


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

Yea Jenni! They’re almost as good as those crazy SLC sunsets. XO miss you.


Jasmine February 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

Hihi… THere’s something bothering me about the cookies that I made with royal icing on top and I hope you can help me out. =X I followed the recipe for the cookies and royal icing as well to a T but when consumed, the royal icing is super hard. Is it supposed to be that way? >.<



heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

Hmmmm. I didn’t have that problem, bit maybe next time use less meringue powder. I can check with Sweetopia and see what her rec is too. Glad you tried them out!


Lori @ RecipeGirl February 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

Your cookies are gorgeous! I thought I had done a good job scouring the internet for Valentine treats to pin, but you found a bunch of fun ones I hadn’t spotted. Love your site so much- you come up with the best stuff!


heidi February 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

Thanks Lori, means a lot coming from you! There’s so many unique and amazing valentines ideas out there that it’s great we all have a different eye for highlighting them. XO


pearse February 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

do these cookies hold their shape after baking? do they puff up or lay flat?


heidi February 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

They pretty much lay flat. These aren’t really thick, cakey cookies. If you want them a bit thicker just roll them out to the thickness you want.


kimberly February 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hey, i love all these ideas. I had a question though, after searching your blog i noticed you have a few recipes for sugar cookies. Which recipe is the best….i’m making those cookies for my daughters baby shower and want the most yummy ones… many thanks kim


heidi February 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hi, I am pretty partial to this sugar cookie recipe, it’s softer and less cakey thanks to the powdered sugar in the dough. Best of luck with the baby shower!


Kathy February 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

Your cookies always look so perfect. How do you ice them to look smooth and proportioned on the cookies so perfectly? They look professionally done. So yummy looking.


iheartfood March 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

These cookies looked so tempting I just couldn’t resist baking them myself for Valentine’s. They were simply delightful!!


Ashley February 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

These are so bright + fun and just adorable!! Love all the heart-food links as well!


Sophie Harding November 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

Hi! You are so creative and these cookies look amazing! I just had one question – can the almond extract be omitted? Can it just be left out completely or does it need to be substituted with something? Thank you so much for your help!


Ashley February 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

These cookies are so simple but stunning!!! Love love!


Beth February 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

The icing is beautiful! I have not made icing like this before. Do I need to work fast to get it into my piping bag and then onto the cookie? My concern is that it might harden before I can get it on the cookie. Is my concern warranted? Thanks for sharing the recipes!


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