Sugar Cookies for Your Valentine

What do you do for your honey on Valentine’s Day?  I usually cook up something good!  Our first Valentine’s Day after we were married I made GI Joe a pound cake in the shape of a heart and decorated it.  I must say it was beautiful and he loved it.  Why I chose this Valentine’s Day to decorate sugar cookies I do not know!! Oh yea,  it was the front cover of Southern Living’s beautifully decorated cookies all perfect and everything.  So I did get inspired to try these even though I am not wild about cookie decorating.  After one cake decorating class I knew then it was not my forte.

The recipe for the cookies is a great one given to me  eight years ago from Kelly T.  one of my students.  I love these cookies without the icing.  Of course GI Joe loves the icing so I did both.  Here is how it is done so get busy for your Valentine!

Here are the stars of the show!

Cream butter, egg, and sugar together

Add dry ingredients and flavorings

Wrap dough and refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Place half the dough on a floured surface

Roll dough out a little over 1/4 of inch


Cookies could be decorated before baking with colored sugar.  I found some decorating templates that were fun to use.


  • 1 16-oz package powdered sugar
  • Food coloring paste

Stir together powdered sugar and 6 Tbsp. water. Tint glaze with desired amount of food coloring paste, and stir until blended.  I found that it was easier to dip the cookies into the icing, then place on a wire rack to decorate and then let them dry.  Be careful that the glaze is not too thick or it seems to hold the cookie which then breaks.

Sugar Cookies

from Kelly T’s  Mom

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix powdered sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.  Mix in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Divide the dough into halves.  Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured surface.  Cut into shapes.

Sprinkle with sugar if desired.  Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks



Filed under Cookies, Cooking, Recipes

15 responses to “Sugar Cookies for Your Valentine

  1. I loved that Southern Living cover – so tempting and inviting. Your cookies look gorgeous!

  2. They turned out so nice!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Found you from The Pioneer Woman’s site!

    Those cookies look delicious…I give you credit…I don’t have enough patience to do sugar cookies! At least not cutouts!

    I wish I did…hmmmm…maybe I should give it another shot?!!

  4. I adore those pink and white valentine cookies! Very girlie, which I love.

  5. Those valentine cookies look very dainty. It shows that it’s done with so much TLC!


  6. Haylee W.

    I love cookies. And they look very good. 🙂

  7. Brittany - 1st Block.

    These cookies like yummy (: & they are very pretty. I love how you decorated them.

  8. Tatiana G 1st period

    This lab was so much fun. I had a blast decorating the cookies. I even tried it at home with my brother. The cookies we made came out really cute and tasted wonderful =)

  9. Aaron Vantrees

    these cookies look so good

  10. tommie h.

    These were so good!!!!

  11. Alexis A

    I really liked making cookies in class. That was so much fun. By the way your cookies looked great.

  12. danielle r.

    I loved making these cookies, they were so good and i had fun making them!!

  13. amy willoughby

    these cookies are so cute 🙂 i love decorating (& eating) cookies!

  14. courtney e

    This was fun in class, getting to decorate our cookies and seeing the different ideas that people came up with

  15. Lexxi

    these were so good! i can’t wait until next valentine’s day.

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