These Valentine cookies get an extra boost of flavor from the almond extract in the dough. Top with your favorite royal icing or cream cheese frosting!
Cut-Out Valentine 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.
So Smudge’s request for cut-out 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 Valentine sugar 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 almond sugar cookies 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, these Valentines Day cookies are a bit more unique and subbing granular white sugar with powdered sugar gives them a more delicate bite that is far from cake-like that so many other sugar cookies recipes hold dear.
These babies are F-I-N-E! Come on, give ‘em a go.
What’s in These Valentine Cookies?
This Valentine cookie recipe is easy peasy and requires only a handful of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make these cut-out sugar cookies:
- Powdered sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Almond extract
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Cream of tartar
- Icing of choice
How to Make Valentine’s Day Cookies
Simply cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the egg and extracts. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
Divide the almond sugar cookie dough in two, wrap each dough ball in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Once chilled, roll out the dough and cut using your favorite cookie cutters.
These Valentine cookies need to bake for roughly 7 to 8 minutes, or until just barely golden brown on the edges.
Do I Have to Chill the Dough?
Yes, chilling the dough is crucial! It’s just a quick 15-minute chill though, so you won’t have to wait long to eat these cut-out sugar cookies!
Can I Prep the Cookie Dough in Advance?
Yes, the Valentine sugar cookie dough can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for up to three days before rolling it out.
Tips for Making the Best Sugar Cookies
I sometimes frost these sweeties with a cream cheese powdered sugar old fashioned 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 the terrific video above from Marian at Sweetopia and her royal icing recipe.
If you’d like to bake these cut-out sugar cookies in advance and have them on hand for later, freeze them sans icing in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat the frozen cookies, set them on your counter to thaw and then frost them.
These almond sugar cookies can be enjoyed any time of year. To make these for other holidays, use different cookie cutters and choose different icing colors. Easy as that!
More Valentine’s Day Desserts You’ll Love
- Rice Krispies Valentine Lollipops
- Devil’s Food Bundt Cake with Chocolate Espresso Ganache
- Classic Fat Witch Dark Chocolate Brownies
- Quick and Easy Raspberry Fool
- Classic Tiramisu
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- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
- 1 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- With a hand or stand mixer, cream together powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, almond and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Sift together flour, soda and cream of tartar and add to sugar mixture, mix until well combined.
Divide dough into two disc shapes, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Once chilled, 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.
- The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 3 days.
More Easy Cookie Recipes to Make Any Day
- Milk Bar’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
- The Best No-Bake Cookies with Coconut
- Cranberry White Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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