We are less than one week away from Valentine’s Day, one of my favourite days of the year! Technically, any holiday that comes with chocolates and candies will instantly win over my heart. Apart from that, I really do love the idea of Valentine’s Day – everything from the colour scheme and décor to getting to celebrate the special day with someone you love! Although, trying to top the previous year and come up with the perfect gift each year can be super challenging! If you’re still in need of some inspiration, I came up with Valentine’s Day Gift Guides For Him & Her to help out others who struggle with brainstorming!
As difficult as gift shopping can be, the effort is always worth it in the end. I love seeing the reactions of friends and family when I surprise them with something special! This year, I knew I wanted to add more of a personal touch to my gifts, and what better way to do that than to make something myself! Inspired by all of the heart shaped chocolates and candies being passed around this month, I finally settled on baking some sweet heart shaped sugar cookies!
A huge misconception about sugar cookies are that they require a lot of time and effort to make – but this isn’t necessarily true! I have a quick and easy recipe that doesn’t require chilling the dough, yet still makes the best and most scrumptious cookies!
Whether it’s for that special someone, a close friend, or even a family member, these cookies are sure to win over some hearts! They have a perfectly smooth surface and taste amazing both with and without icing>! Check out the recipe down below!
Valentine’s day sugar cookies recipe
Yield: 30 Cookies
For The COOKIES:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
For The ICING:
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon red food colouring
For The COOKIES:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg followed by the vanilla extract, mixing slowly after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, using the stand mixer and beat until the mixture becomes crumbly.
- Wet your hands slightly and knead the dough by hand, then separate into two dough balls. Cover the remaining dough with plastic wrap while you are rolling the first.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and sprinkle a small amount of flour on top to keep the rolling pin from sticking to the dough. Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
- Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the shapes, then use a metal spatula to transfer the shapes to a parchment-lined baking tray.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
1. If your dough is too crumbly, most likely your butter wasn’t softened enough, Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of water to the dough and knead until it sticks together firmly.
2. Cooking for 8 minutes will result in a lighter cookie with a softer texture. Cooking for 10 minutes will result in a firmer texture with a golden colour. Ovens will vary so keep an eye on the cookies while they are baking!
For The ICING:
- Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. If the icing is too thin, add in a little more powdered sugar. If the icing is too thick, add in a tiny bit of milk.
- Divide the icing into 3-4 separate bowls. Add a small drop of red food colouring to the first bowl and increase the amount slightly each time for the remaining bowls. This will create an ombré colour effect.
- Use a piping bag or a plastic squeeze bottle to pipe the icing onto the cookies.
Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year!? Let me know in the comments! If you decide to try this recipe out, be sure to snap a photo and tag it with #theangiearchive! I’d love to see how they turn out!