Valentine’s Day Cookies Recipe


Valentine Cookies

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter(202g, 7 ounces) softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar(114g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract(7ml)
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour(296g)

Royal Icing

  • 1 pound powdered sugar(454g)
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder(28g)
  • 9 tablespoons warm water(133ml) 100-110°F (38-43°F)
  • gel food coloringto color icing


Valentine Cookies

  1. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined for 15 seconds.
  2. Add flour to the bowl and mix on low speed to combine. Increase speed to medium and mix until the dough begins to clump together and cling to the paddle, about 10 seconds.
  3. Transfer dough to a flat surface and use hands to bring the dough together.
  4. Place dough on a large piece of plastic wrap. Press into a ½-inch thick rectangle. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove dough and allow to soften slightly at room temperature.
  6. Place dough on a piece of parchment paper and lightly dust the surface of the dough with flour. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness.
  7. Use a 3-inch heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out 12 cookies. Transfer cookies 1-inch apart on a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Chill cookies for 15 minutes if the dough has come to room temperature before baking.
  8. Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  9. Bake cookies until light golden brown on the edges, about 13 to 15 minutes. Times will vary depending on the size of the cookie.
  10. Completely cool cookies on a sheet tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack before icing.

Royal Icing

  1. Add powdered sugar, meringue powder, and 9 tablespoons warm water to a large mixing bowl.
  2. If using a stand mixer beat on low speed for 7 to 10 minutes until a thick glue-like consistency is reached. If using a hand-held mixer beat on high speed for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. If needed add and mix an additional ½ teaspoon of warm water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  4. For Border icing, the consistency should be similar to peanut butter but pipeable. If you drizzle a little from your spoon, the ribbon should hold for a few second before melting back into the icing.
  5. Evenly separate into cups for each color you want to use. Use a small amount of gel food coloring to color each icing.
  6. Transfer a portion of the border icing to a piping bag, saving the rest to make flood icing. This will help keep the border and flood icing color consistent.
  7. For Flood icing, the consistency should be similar to glue and not fall off the cookie when piped. When drizzled from a spoon the icing should sink immediately back into the icing. Make the flood icing by adding 1/4 teaspoon of warm water to the border icing, whisking and adding more water as needed until flood consistency is reached.
  8. Add the flood icing to a piping bag. You should have more flood icing compared to border icing made.
  9. Pipe a heart-shaped border around the cookies with border icing leaving about a 1/8-inch edge.
  10. Allow border icing to dry slightly to the touch. If you draw the borders on all your cookies before moving onto flooding, the first cookies will be dry enough to start flooding once you finish drawing the borders.
  11. Fill in the interior of the cookie with flood icing, filling the interior of the cookie with icing and pushing the icing into the corners and against edges. If needed use a small offset spatula to spread the icing.
  12. Allow the cookies to dry. Leave the cookies undisturbed for at least 6 to 8 hours to fully dry. Depending on the thickness of your icing and the layers on the cookie, it may take longer.
  13. When the cookies are dry, the surface of the cookies will be completely smooth, dry, and resistant to nicks or smudges.
  14. Use red border icing or edible writing pens to write messages on the dried cookies if desired.
  15. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 265                               Calories from Fat 90
                                                              % Daily Value*
Fat 10g                                                           15%
Saturated Fat 6g                                       30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Cholesterol 27mg                                       9%
Sodium 0.2mg                                              0%
Potassium 0.5mg                                        0%
Carbohydrates 43g                                    14%
Fiber 1g                                                             4%
Sugar 23g                                                      26%
Protein 1g                                                        2%
Vitamin A 350IU                                           7%
Iron 0.2mg                                                       1%

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