Valentine’s Slice and Bake Cookies

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These Slice and Bake Cookies are the cutest little treats for Valentine’s Day! Perfectly sweet with a red heart in the middle of each cookie! If you want to try an amazing traditional sugar cookie, I posted a great Sugar Cookies with Icing聽recipe聽a few years ago. It’s an amazing fail-proof cookie that is literally one of my favorite go-to recipes.

valentine's slice and bake cookies stacked on top of each other on a white cake plate with milk

These Valentine’s Slice and Bake Cookies are a fun variation to traditional sugar cookies! I’m sure you’ve seen the pre-made slice and bake dough with holiday images at the store. 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 approximately 14,000 times better than store-bought.}.

I know these seem a little bit on the harder side to make, but I promise they’re simpler than they look. Follow my simple steps below for how to make these slice and bake cookies.

Main Ingredients Needed

Many, if not all of the ingredients needed for these Valentine’s Slice and Bake Cookies will be in your pantry already! Here’s the list:

  • Sugar – to sweeten, this IS a sugar cookie recipe after all.
  • Baking Powder – this is used for leavening.
  • Butter – cold & cut into chunks.
  • Egg- this is used for texture and structure.
  • Flour – unbleached, this is used to fill out the rest of the cookie and help bring all the ingredients together.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract- look for pure vanilla extract here, not the imitation kind.
  • Food Coloring – I used tasteless liquid red food coloring…it worked like a charm!

Variations

The fun thing about this recipe is that you can make it for nearly any holiday! Here are a couple of fun Slice and Bake Cookie variations:

  • St. Patricks Day – dye some dough green and find a shamrock cookie cutter for a cute Irish cookie!
  • Easter – add less food dye for a pastel look and find a bunny or egg shaped cookie cutter.
  • Christmas – skip the middle part and instead roll the edges of the dough in red, green and white sprinkles for a simple Christmas cookie.
  • Fourth of July – taking some notes from the Christmas sections, use red, white and blue sprinkles!
  • Halloween – dye the outside dough purple, black or orange and keep the inside dough plain for some spooky contrast!

How to Make Slice and Bake Cookies | Directions

For full details on how to make these Valentine’s Slice and Bake Cookies, scroll down to see the recipe card below. 馃檪

Step 1: Make Dough

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

Step 2: Dye Red

Now, take 1/3 of that dough and dye it red. Roll it out pretty thick, about 1 inch thick, and start cutting out some hearts.聽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.

Step 3: Roll Remaining Dough Out

Now divide your remaining uncolored cookie dough into 3 and cover each tower of stacked hearts, being careful to keep them together. 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. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour to overnight.

Step 4: Preheat Oven and Slice

When ready to bake, preheat the oven. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. Remove cookie logs from fridge and slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Place onto the prepared baking sheet leaving 1 inch around each cookie.

Bake until cookie is barely {and I mean barely} brown on the bottoms, if brown at all. Remove from oven and cool a minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack. Or, just shovel them into your mouth. Either way is fine by me! 馃檪

valentine's slice and bake cookies stacked on top of each other on a white cake plate

Storing Slice and Bake Cookies

Store slice and bake cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Love Sugar Cookies? Give These Recipes a Try!

Be sure to make these soon for the ones you love! Here’s the printable below. Enjoy! 馃檪

5 from 4 votes

Valentine’s Slice and Bake Cookies

These Slice and Bake Cookies are the cutest cookies for Valentine's Day! Perfectly sweet with a red heart in the middle of each cookie!
servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 1 hr 50 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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 the dough has come together, remove 2/3 of it to a separate bowl.
    dough
  • Stir in the red food coloring to the remaining 1/3 of the dough until uniform in color.
    red dough
  • Roll red dough out into a 1 inch slab. Cut out heart shapes and stack them together.
    lined up red hearts
  • 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.
    surrounding red heart dough with white dough
  • 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.
    unbaked slice and bake cookies on a cookie sheet
  • Serve immediately or store in airtight containers for up to 3 days.
    slice and bake cookies

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slice and bake cookies

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  1. Lilia Beltran

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

      1. suesanb

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

  2. Amanda

    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 馃槈

  3. Regina

    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.

  4. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness

    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!

  5. Leigh Anne Wilkes @YourHomebasedMom

    One of my secret pleasures is buying those slice and bake holiday sugar cookies. Now I can make them at home- love it!

  6. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    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.

  7. Hannah

    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!

    1. Penny

      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.

      1. Monica

        Neat, I was thinking of doing the same. Maybe doing a mix of boiled beet juice (concentrated for color= less liquid) and beet root powder?

  8. Shannon

    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.

  9. Carla

    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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    Super cute! I’m going to make these. Just wondering though can you use the Slice 鈥榥 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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  16. Marianna

    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.

    1. Lauren

      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!

      1. Marianna

        No it wasn’t a bust! they still taste amazing 馃檪 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.

  17. Melanie

    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!

  18. Lisa D

    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

  19. Jennifer

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

  20. Heather

    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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    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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