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Slice n’ Bake Valentine Heart Cookies

IMG_0355 This idea for cookies has been on my mind for a while. I posted a great Slice n’ Bake Chewy Sugar cookie recipe a few years ago when Brooke was  2 1/2. {The pictures in the post are precious!} It’s an amazing fail-proof cookie that is literally one of my favorite go-to recipes.

ANYWAYS.

Everyone has seen those pre-sliced cookies with pictures on them for whatever corresponding holiday at the grocery store, right?

Nod your head if you know what I’m talking about.

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Seriously, none of you know what I’m talking about? C’MON PEOPLE!

Cats, pumpkins and ghosts on cookies for Halloween? Reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees for Christmas? And a few hearts for Valentines Day.

My daughter sees them EVERY TIME we go to the store and asks to buy them and I refuse because I make homemade cookies thankyouverymuch. {Also, homemade cookie dough tastes approximatly 14,000 times better than store bought.}

Whining ensues. Sometimes meltdowns too.

The joys of parenting.

But, I was feeling particularly generous with my “Blake’s-napping-hurry-up-and-get-as-much-done-as-humanly-possible-while-you-have-two-arms-free” time last Friday, so I made these special cookies with my daughter. And all was good in the world. The joy that comes from cookie cutters and a little food coloring is PRICELESS.

I know these seem a little bit on the harder side to make, but I promise they’re simpler than they look.

PS- kids love ’em.

Here’s how you make them: IMG_0281 Start by making some of my sugar cookie dough. Original step by step photos for this can be seen here. Directions are also written out below in the recipe :)  IMG_0284 Now, take 1/3 of that dough and dye it red. I used some tasteless liquid red food coloring…worked like a charm! IMG_0286 Roll this red cookie dough out pretty thick and start cutting out some hearts.  IMG_0295 Once you have them all cut, line them all up and do your best to stick them together without ruining their shape. I ended up with 3 stacks of hearts. IMG_0301 Now divide your remaining uncolored cookie dough into 3 and cover each tower of hearts. I thought rolling out snakes of dough and sticking them down the sides was the easiest and fastest way to get them covered, but do it however you like. Once the heart is covered completely, gently roll it out to create a smooth, round edge.  IMG_0305 Wrap each log of cookies in plastic and refrigerate. IMG_0318 Then an hour later….or the next day….slice your log into 1/2 inch cookies! Aren’t these just darling? My daughter went crazy over them! IMG_0319 Place your cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until barely {and I mean barely} brown on the bottoms, if brown at all.  IMG_0324 Let them cool a minute or two and then transfer over to a cooling rack. Or, just shovel them into your mouth. Either way is fine by me!

Be sure to make these soon for the ones you love! Here’s the printable:

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Slice n' Bake Valentine Heart Cookies

The cutest little cookies for Valentines Day!

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen, approximately Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter, cold & cut into chunks
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons liquid red food coloring

Directions:

In a small bowl stir flour and baking powder together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg, extracts and vanilla. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients. Once dough has come together, remove 2/3 of it to a separate bowl. Stir in the red food coloring to the remaining 1/3 of the dough until uniform in color.

Roll red dough out into a 1 inch slab. Cut out heart shapes and stack them together.

Roll remaining regular colored dough out and cover each row of stacked hearts being careful to keep them together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour to overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. Remove cookie dough logs from fridge and slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Place onto prepared baking sheet leaving 1 inch around each cookie. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookie is barely golden brown on the bottom and isn't shiny. Remove from oven and cool 2 minutes before cooling completely on wire rack.

Serve immediately or store in airtight containers for up to 3 days.

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50 Comments

  1. These look amazing! One question: Do these seriously call for a cup of vanilla? I may need to special order to try this recipe!!

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    • suesanb — January 15th, 2014 @ 11:59 am

      I see 1tsp not sure what you are seeing. You may have misread the recipe.

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      • suesanb — January 15th, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

        Apparently I did not see the original mistaken version that was previously listed. So, just ignore me and enjoy your cookies :)

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  2. Adorable! My kids love the picture cookies too and I refuse to buy them because homemade is so much better. P.S. Lilia, I am pretty certain the cup of vanilla is really a cup of sugar. They would taste rather unpleasant without sugar 😉

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    • Lilia Beltran — January 13th, 2014 @ 7:10 am

      I am sure I may have a cup of sugar lying arounf! 😉

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  3. I have a Pampered Chef heart shaped bread tube. I think I will try to fill and chill then wrap the outer dough around it.
    Thanks for the idea.

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  4. OH MY GOSH! These cookies are my favorite…but I have never made them. I didn’t even know it was possible to make ’em by hand! SO SO in love with this post. These are just too cute. But not too cute to eat!
    Pinned!

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  5. Genius! (Yes, I bet it is I C sugar, not 1 C vanilla).

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  6. I know exactly! I used to BEG my mom for them. These are gorgeous and I know they’ll taste 1000x better!

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  7. What size heart-shaped cookie cutter was used?

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  8. I am so making these for Valentine’s Day. So CUTE!!

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  9. These cookies are genius! I actually love the taste of slice and bake cookies, but hate that I can’t control what’s in them.

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  10. These are so adorable! My kids always want to buy these in the store too and I rarely let them because of all the dyes. I wonder if there is something else I could use besides the red dye for the hearts that wouldn’t harm the taste? I will have to do some shopping around! My kids are sensitive to dyes. Thanks for sharing these, so pretty!

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    • Penny — February 15th, 2014 @ 10:35 am

      I followed this recipe and made some red dye out of beetroot which worked pretty well although I had to add a lot of flour back in because it made it so wet.

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  11. Absolutely adorable!!! My 4 1/2 year old daughter will definitely love these and she is always wanting to get in the kitchen with me, so these cookies will be perfect.

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  12. You. Are. A. GENIUS. I can’t get over that these are homemade. I’ve been tempted by buying those rolls of cookie dough and I am all about homemade!

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  13. Super cute! I’m going to make these. Just wondering though can you use the Slice ‘n Bake Chewy Sugar Cookies recipe you mentioned for this also? Or is that too soft for the heart technique? Thank you!

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    • Lauren — January 17th, 2014 @ 11:50 am

      It’s too soft of a dough. Maybe if you colored and chilled it first before forming and baking?

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  14. I made these today and they turned out super cute! Love the heart in the middle!

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  15. I love this idea!

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  16. Hi,
    I made these last night and i have one question, my love hearts came out great! but then i had issues trying to roll the remaining dough out into strips so that i could cover the love hearts. It just kept breaking into pieces. Any ideas??

    I ended up rolling the dough out on baking paper, placed the hearts in the middle and covered it that way and continued with the recipe. I cut a couple of slices from the log this morning (as im going to bake them tonight) and the heart shape was still intact sort of : /

    Otherwise taste is amazing! cant wait to bake them.

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    • Lauren — February 13th, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

      The only thing I could think of was maybe there was a little too much flour added. You want the dough to be pliable and not crumbly. Sorry it was a bust!

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      • Marianna — February 13th, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

        No it wasn’t a bust! they still taste amazing :) its just my cookies look more like pacman rather than love hearts.

        I will makes these again and use less flour and see how i go.

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  17. Major Pinterest fail. Impossible to wrap the white dough around the red.

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  18. Cute! I always thought it would be impossible to make cookies like this. I’ll have to give it a try.

    You are just like my mom! We would always beg her to buy Oreo’s and she would refuse because she made us all kinds of yummy cookies from scratch. She never did make any copycat recipes like this though so props to you!

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  19. hi they are wonderful
    plz i have a question for u
    if the color food i have is powder.how shall i dye my dough?plz i need an answer

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  20. I loved the idea of this but it just didn’t go right! I had a couple of problems… The red dough was more of a maroon than a blood red but that wasn’t too much of a problem.

    My main problem was the formation of the dough – wrapped hearts. They just wouldn’t stay on and there was no chance of being able to roll them to a round log without it all falling apart. The dough was quite sticky when made but, in order to roll out both colours of dough and to press the hearts out, I had to flour the side as usual. I just have no idea after all the dough has been floured, how I could form the log, completely stuck together. Please can you help me as to how I could have gone wrong and how you managed to roll out without it falling apart?

    I’m gutted this appears to have worked for many people but not me!

    Thanks

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  21. could you freeze the read hearts to firm them up before putting the uncolored cookie dough around it? Or would that ruin the dough?

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    • Jennifer — January 30th, 2015 @ 11:49 am

      Red***

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  22. As a ‘Brit’ reading your recipe, could you please tell me what weight is ‘a stick of butter’?!

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    • Lauren — February 1st, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

      1/4 pound.

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  23. I just took these out of the oven. SQUEAL! These are going to be a huge hit with my boys. My daughter and I had a blast making them together! Thanks for the adorable and delicious recipe! I can’t wait to try different shapes for different holidays!

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  24. I found the dough to be crumbly and I followed the exact recipe. I added two more eggs and 1 tsp of flour on top of it before it seemed to be the correct consistency.

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  25. Hello :) I baked these cookies last night and it was a great fun! Moreover they are really delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
    best regards from Italy
    Irma

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  26. Love this! Was thinking you could do a shamrock for the inside, then roll rainbow colored dough snakes around the shamrock. I am going to do both the heart and the shamrock. Thanks!

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