A batch made in heaven
The best Valentine’s Day cookies to make
Dust off your heart-shaped cookie cutters and stock up on sugar. Valentine’s Day is coming and there’s no sweeter way to show your love how much you care than with a box of homemade cookies. From chocolate hearts to jam-filled tarts, meringue roses, and edible love letters, we have sweets to make your boo swoon. Is your love laying off gluten? We have recipes for flour-free cookies. And if a vegan has stolen your heart, we have treats for them, too. Don’t forget your single friends also need some love. We’ve got you covered with anti-Valentine Valentine’s with sentiments to sweeten the day for the unattached people in your life.
There’s no sweeter way to say “you’re my jam,” than with these miniature versions of the classic Austrian Linzer torte. You’ll need two heart-shaped cookie cutters, one a little smaller than the other, and your favorite raspberry preserves.
Kisses and hugs cookies
When you can’t give hugs and kisses in real life, show your affection with these sweet Xs and Os. A final sprinkling of sanding sugar just before they go into the oven makes sure that your love sparkles and shines.
Chocolate shortbread hearts
If you’re going to give your heart away, might as well make it chocolate. These pretty shortbread hearts are a perfect Valentine treat. Dunk them in chocolate icing, decorate with pink and white sprinkles or even powdered freeze-dried berries.
Love letter cookies
Truly a labor of love, stacked shortbread, and sugar cookies hide a sweet surprise inside. These are fun ones to make with kids to share with at a classroom party.
Chocolate-dipped espresso cookies
Tell the coffee lover in your life “I like you a latte,” with a gift of caffeinated cookies. Simple shortbreads spiked with espresso will give a jolt to your love life.
If you wear your heart on your sleeve, consider putting it on a stick instead. All you need is a package of popsicle or lollipop sticks to turn almost any cookie into an adorable pop. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or even Rice Krispie treats. Or if you’re feeling extra ambitious try your hand at frosted cake pops.
Celebrate two great tastes that go great together. That’s you and your partner, of course, but don’t forget that other iconic power couple, chocolate, and peanut butter. Classic peanut-butter blossoms topped with a chocolate kiss come together quickly. They’re a perfect choice for any pint-sized Valentines on your list, but of course, adults love them, too.
Anti-Valentine’s Day cookies
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday. Don’t forget to share a little sweetness with the ones in your life who aren’t feeling the love for February 14th.
Valentine’s Day fortune cookies
Is there romance in your future? We predict the answer is yes, especially when you give your love a box filled with these better-than-takeout fortune cookies.
Vegan Valentine’s cookies
Melt your vegan Valentine’s heart melt with plant-based cookies baked just for them. These egg- and-dairy-free-treats are a sweet way to show how much you care.
Gluten-free Valentine’s cookies
No flour? No problem. Bake some gluten-free treats to let your cookie know that you think they’re the sweetest.
Valentine meringue cookies
Smother your Valentine in kisses and roses, only make them out of egg whites and sugar. Sweet, crunchy meringue cookies are easier to make than you think.
Valentine’s pizza cookies
Make a date for a different kind of pizza night. Instead of a dozen cookies, bake just one giant one your both can share.
Red velvet Valentine’s cookies
When cake meets cookie, great things can happen. Case in point: red velvet cake made into a cookie. Like any great relationship, these two bring out the best in each other.
Valentine’s Day brownies
There are some people who say if it isn’t chocolate, it isn’t a Valentine. Show them where your heart is with a pan of brownies decked out in cupid-friendly bling.
Valentine spice cookies
Things could get hot when you give your love with a gift of spicy gingersnaps. Use your favorite heart-shaped cutter or a holiday cookie stamp. Better yet, grab a pint of your favorite ice cream and use the cookies as a base for ice-cream sandwiches.