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Homemade edible gifts are always great to give, so why not make a batch of these decorated Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies to give to your Valentine? A sweet treat for your sweet love!

Various love-shaped cookies decorated with icing, including hearts, envelopes, lips and arrows. Text overlay says "Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day". Similar photos of the recipe from various angles are used throughout but with different text overlays unless otherwise described.

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

These Valentine’s Day sugar cookies are simply and fun to make – and you get a sweet treat at the end!

Why not make them with the kiddos as a fun Valentines activity, or have a baking date with your partner and make a batch?

You can use any type of Valentine’s cookie cutters to make these cookies like hearts, lips, kisses, or cupids and let your imagination run wild while you decorate with icing.


Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. The full list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • All-Purpose Flour – also known as Plain Flour
  • Powdered Sugar – also known as Confectioner’s Sugar or Icing Sugar.
  • Molasses – also known as Black Treacle.
  • Pure Vanilla Extractuse good quality vanilla extract and not essence which is more processed and uses artificial flavors.
  • Meringue Powderif you can’t source meringue powder you can use fresh egg whites instead
  • Gel Food Coloringpink, red, and white were used in these cookies, but you could use any colors that you like.
  • Valentine’s Cookie Cuttersyou can use any shapes that you like!

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Valentine Sugar Cookies

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How Do I Make Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos.

Valentines Day Cookies Recipe

Decorated Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Make a box full of decorated Valentine's Day sugar cookies to give to your Valentine!


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ⅙ cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

For the Decorating Icing

  • 3 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp meringue powder*
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • Pink and red food coloring gel


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
  2. Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl.
  3. In another large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the molasses and vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir until it becomes a dough. If it is too sticky add a little extra flour.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Roll the dough on a floured surface and use Valentine's cookie cutters to cut out your cookie shapes.
  8. Place onto the prepared cookie sheet and place back in the fridge for 10 minutes.

    Cut Valentine's Day Cookie Dough
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Leave to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  11. To make the decorating icing, place the powdered sugar and meringue powder and add water little by little while mixing to the desired consistency. You don't want it to be too thin so that it runs everywhere, nor too thick so that you can't pipe it.
  12. Divide the icing into three bowls. Color one red, another pink, and leave one white.
  13. Transfer the icing to piping bags and decorate the cookies however you wish - use the photos as a guide.

    Icing the Valentine's Day Cookies

  14. Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!

    Valentines Day Cookies Recipe


*alternatively you can use 3 fresh egg whites. If using egg whites instead of meringue powder, do not add water to the icing when making it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 1g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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