Valentine’s vanilla cookies

Posted on: February 11th, 2010 by admin 13 Comments

Before we get back to salads of the world – we have to make treats for the hallmark holiday, a perfect Sunday sweet. This recipe is brilliant, from ingredients to crisp cookies within half an hour, put the kettle on now…


For a special Valentine gift this year why not make some personalized valentine cookies instead of cards? Just make these cookies and then pipe icing messages onto them! We aren’t huge into Valentine’s day but you can’t really escape it. So if you’re feeling like treating your loved one or better yet- yourself- go ahead and make these little beauties.

  • 90g (3 oz) butter
  • 1/2 c confectioners sugar (icing/powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c plain flour (all- purpose)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and line or grease 2 baking trays.

Combine the butter, sugar and vanilla, beating until pale and creamy. Then add the egg and beat again. Add the flour and your mix should form a smooth dough.

Take it from the bowl and refrigerate for just 10 – 20 minutes, then roll out the dough (1/2cm or 1/4in) and cut cookies with any shape cutter you like. Obviously hearts are obvious… ha.


Once you’ve cut out all the dough, pop them onto the baking sheet and into the oven for 10 minutes. We made pretty small ones, bite size, but if you make them bigger just cook for another couple minutes- not long. They should hardly have turned colour at all.

This made about 35 small, thin cookies for us, so double the batch if you’re making BIG hearts this year! These cookies are crisp and sweet, very smooth and durable for decorating so go wild! (We ate most of ours before we could decorate them.)

Here’s a good simple icing recipe for easy piping/writing.

Decorator frosting

  • 80 g (2.8 oz) butter
  • 2 c confectioners sugar (powdered/icing sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp flavoring (vanilla extract, lemon, peppermint, coconut, etc)
  • a drop or two of food colouring if you like

Beat the butter and half the sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, then add the water, flavoring and colour and beat again while slowly adding the rest of the sugar until the mixture is creamy.

Pipe onto cookies using a piping bag or cut a tiny tip off a zip-loc bag and squeeze the icing through there onto the cookies.

You could also try our Valentine’s vanilla CUPCAKES from last year. XOX

Recipe from our friend – baker, Emma.

PS It was suggested that this year we choose a classic song to bake/cook to. We do have a pretty big boontah collection, this recipe’s song though? Kiss from a Rose – Seal (serious) Seal - Seal: Best 1991-2004 - Kiss from a Rose

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13 Responses

  1. foodtale says:

    Everybody are making some valentine’s cookies. I don’t want to miss the boat too! Yours would be a perfect companion for the valentine’s menu.

  2. These cookies are absolutely delicious – I’ve included them in my 5 Ways to do Valentine’s Day cheaply at – I only wish my DH would take the bait and make some for me!

  3. admin says:

    Nice ideas for Valentine’s you suggested! Hope someone makes you cookies!

  4. Sm says:

    Making these for my boyfriend this year, thanks!! :)

  5. admin says:

    Awesome! They’re pretty fun to make! Enjoy.

  6. Eftychia says:

    This frosting sounds good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. ts says:

    I made these today with Christmas cookie cutters instead of hearts, and they were soo delicious. The family came home and they were all gone before I knew it!! Thank you for this lovely recipe.

  10. Hayden says:

    Sorry folks – this recipe was no good for me….
    I followed it to a T but it was extremely dry and crumbly

  11. admin says:

    That’s too bad Hayden, we make them quite often and with so few ingredients I can’t think what may have gone wrong except maybe the flour was packed while measuring adding a bit more than usual? Or sometimes the egg size can make a little difference. Anyway thanks for trying :)

  12. Tanja says:

    “1 1/2 c plain flour (all- purpose)” – Just to confirm does this mean 1/2 a cup of plain flour or 1.5 cups of flour?

  13. admin says:

    Hi Tanja,
    Sorry to reply so late! If you ever want to make them again, it’s 1.5 cups!

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