Yes you can find heart Valentine cookies at the store but where’s the romance in that? These easy Valentine’s Day sugar cookies with luscious cream cheese sprinkle dip won’t take long to make and, better yet, these heart shaped Valentine’s Day party treats will be made with love!
Even if you’re brand new to making your own Valentine’s party treats, these heart shaped bites with their own dip shouldn’t pose a problem.
Heart Valentine Cookies Ingredients
Let’s take a closer peek at what you need for these heart shaped cookie and the cream cheese sprinkle dip. First, the cookies! These are very simple so you will only need butter, sugar, eggs, flour, salt, and baking soda.
Unsalted better is best but it won’t make much difference if you use salted instead. Just make sure it’s softened so it combines better with the other ingredients. Taking it out of the refrigerator and letting it sit on the countertop is the easiest way to soften it. As for the sugar, basic white granulated sugar is perfect.
As for the cream cheese sprinkle dip icing, you will need icing sugar, which is the same thing as powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar. Also get butter, vanilla, milk, sprinkles, and red or pink food coloring too if you like.
Any kind of milk is fine here and the same applies to the sprinkles in the cream cheese sprinkle dip.
What Kind of Sprinkles to Use
It’s completely your choice what type of sprinkles to use in the dip for your Valentine’s Day sugar cookies. Red and pink would be good for Valentine’s party treats. Wilton is a great brand for baking and I love these cute pink heart sprinkles. You can stick with one colour or mix and match different ones or even try something other than heart shaped sprinkles in these Valentine heart cookies.
How to Make Heart Valentine Cookies
You need to mix the flour with the salt and baking powder first of all. In another bowl cream the butter with the sugar then add the eggs and vanilla. Incorporate the flour mixture then beat until you have the heart Valentine cookies dough comes together.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap then chill it for a while. This will stop the Valentine heart cookies spreading out too much during cooking – you want them to hold their cute heart shapes!
Roll the dough out and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out these Valentine’s party treats. I like this heart shaped cookie cutter set because you get 5 different sizes.
After that, simply bake them in a preheated oven on wax paper lined baking sheets until slightly golden at the edges. The Valentine’s Day sugar cookies can cool on wire racks while you work on the icing.
For the icing, just cream the ingredients together, adding more icing sugar if it’s too thin or more milk if too thick. Mix in the sprinkles and food colouring if using. Serve the cookies with the cream cheese sprinkle dip on the side.
What Does It Mean to Cream Ingredients Together?
You might be wondering what the difference is between beating ingredients together, mixing them together and creaming them. The term ‘to cream’ means mixing butter and sugar (usually) together. If the mixture is light and fluffy it’s done. If the butter begins to separate that means you have mixed them too much. This technique adds tiny air pockets in the dough which will react with the baking soda in the heart Valentine cookies to make them expand and rise.
Do You Need a Mixer to Cream Butter and Sugar?
Although it’s certainly quicker and easier to use a mixture here, it’s not compulsory. After all, butter and sugar have been creamed together for hundreds of years, certainly longer than electric mixers (and electricity itself!) have been around. You will need some elbow grease and energy. Use a fork and when you don’t see any streaks of butter in the mixture, it’s done.
How to Serve Valentine Heart Cookies
You have several options here. I like to arrange them on a platter with the icing dip in the center if I’m making these as Valentine’s party treats. You can even double the recipe if you’re having a large party.
If you are making Valentine’s Day sugar cookies as a gift, you might like to put some in a cellophane wrapper with some of the dip and use pink or red ribbons to tie it up.
These heart Valentine cookies will stay fresh for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Heart Valentine Cookies and Cream Cheese Sprinkle Dip Recipe
Heart Valentine Cookies and Cream Cheese Sprinkle Dip
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
- With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet and beat, starting on low speed, until a dough is formed.
- Form the dough into a ball, cut in half, Wrap in Saran Wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place parchment paper on two baking sheets.
- Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out, a portion at a tome, to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes Using a cookie cutter of choice. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place cookies on baking sheets and bake 10 to 12 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Wait 5 minutes and then place cookies on a cooling rack. Cool completely before dipping in icing.
- While cookies cool, make icing by creaming together all ingredients. If icing is too thick, add milk in small amounts at a time. If too thin, add additional icing sugar. Stir in food coloring (if desired) and sprinkles.
- Place icing into a bowl and serve with cookies on the side.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
These sugar cookies with dip are a party favourite and just like Dunkaroos! If you are looking for other Valentine’s recipe ideas you might like these Valentine Strawberry Cream Rice Krispies or these Easy Valentine S’mores Brownie Bite Truffles.
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Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.