Valentine’s Day is so exciting for kids. Homemade cards. Conversation heart candies and red gumdrops. Cereal boxes covered in doilies and construction paper hearts. The holiday is a good reminder for us to love one another and really… just plain fun.
This recipe is my family’s very favorite cutout cookie recipe. I remember making cookie hearts in all sizes each year for Valentine’s Day with my mom when I was a little girl. We would make huge cookies too, decorating them with the names of every family member. The best part of the baking day was being with my mom.
This recipe is special. Rolling the dough out in powdered sugar gives the cookies an added sweetness and crunch. The almond extract in the frosting makes the valentine treat even more delicious! I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a fabulous time baking with your children.
Mix butter and granulated sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk. Combine flour, salt, and soda. Add to butter mixture. Don’t over mix dough. Roll in a disc, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
Allow dough to soften. Roll out the dough on a well-powdered sugared surface to ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8-11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. (Bake the same size cookies together as smaller cookies will bake faster.)
OPTION: Rather than frosting, sprinkle the cookies prior to baking with colored sugar.
½ C butter
2 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. cream
¼ almond extract
Optional: sprinkles, candies
Mix all ingredients. Add more cream by the teaspoon to create a soft, spreadable consistency. Use food coloring for desired colors. Frost the cookies!
Allow the frosting time to set. Wrap cookies in cello bags tied with ribbons. Download Valentine Gift Tags! Deliver the sweet treats to family and friends, reminding the recipients of your love and God’s love too!
Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Becky
This cookie recipe is courtesy of my mom’s dear friend, Louise. The frosting recipe is my mom’s. Both used with permission.
A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
What traditions do you celebrate with your family for Valentine’s Day?
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting