18 Valentine's Day Cookie Recipes to Enjoy with Your Sweetheart
If you're looking for an extra sweet way to say "I love you" this year, consider surprising your valentine with one of these homemade treats. Choose from heart-shaped brownies, conversation cookies, and more.
While most people usually associate a box of chocolates with Valentine's Day, a treat that's even sweeter is a homemade batch of cookies. If you're looking for a gift that shows loved ones—whether it's family, friends, co-workers, or that special someone—just how much you love them, consider baking them a batch of cookies using these recipes. From our Sweetheart Thumbprint Cookies to the Chocolate Ganache Heart Tartlets that are pictured here, we have 18 delicious Valentine's Day cookies that you—or your sweetheart—will fall in love with.
Our Iced Heart Cookies are a pretty-in-pink recipe that is perfect for Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day. These simple sugar cookies are decorated with white royal icing; they're then brushed with pink gel food coloring and sprinkled with a dusting of gold flecks. We have no doubt these will make your loved ones' hearts soar.
Another cookie recipe that's extra-special for Valentine's Day is our Basic French Macarons, which just so happen to be gluten-free. You can make them any color or flavor that you please, but we think anything pink (rose or raspberry), white (vanilla), or even chocolate-flavored would be just right for the holiday. They take a while to prepare, so budget your time appropriately so that you have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones.
Of course, it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without the aptly named Valentine Cookies. One of the surprising ingredients here is buttermilk, which adds a subtle tang to the cookies that are a delightful contrast to the sweet toppings.
Celebrate the day of love with these Valentine's Day cookie recipes.
Sweetheart Thumbprint Cookies
Brazilian Wedding Cookies (Casadinhos)
Iced Heart Cookies
From the heart-shaped cut-out to the white and pink royal icing to a sprinkle of gold dust, everything about this recipe says 'love'. You can make the cookies up to one week in advance so that you can focus all of your attention on your loved one on Valentine's Day.
Dark- and White-Chocolate Shortbread Hearts
Conversation Heart Cookies
Basic French Macarons
Whoopie Hearts with Raspberry Meringue
Peanut-Butter-and-Jam Heart Cookies
Do you have a special someone that's the peanut butter to your jelly? Then bake them a batch of these Valentine's Day cookies, which are filled with raspberry jam.
Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies
These Valentine's Day cookies are a labor of love to bake, but they're well worth the effort (and we think your sweetheart would agree!). Make this recipe, which calls for cocoa powder, or pair them with Pink Heart Sandwich Cookies, which are tinted with pink food coloring.
Pecan Linzer Cookies with Cherry Filling
While Linzer cookies are traditionally served during the holiday season, we think the bright red cherry filling makes this recipe perfect for Valentine's Day. The dough is made with crushed toasted pecans; the nutty flavor contrasts the tart filling and sweet cookie.
Chewy Chocolate Chunk-Cherry Cookies
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache
If the name of these cookies doesn't indicate that they're perfect for Valentine's Day, then the multiple heart-shaped cut-outs, jam filling, and pink sanding sugar on top should do the trick.
Heart-Glazed Cornmeal Cookies
Life is full of surprises—like these Valentine's Day cookies, which are made with cornmeal for a crunchy, crumbly texture.