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 recipe 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. 🙂

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. 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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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  2. Irma

    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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    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!

  8. Nancy Mallory

    The recipe is off. Very crumbly. Impossible to cover hearts. Way to much flour for the amount of liquid. The dough tastes good, but recipe needs to be modified to nake this easier to do. Was very excited about the possibility of being able to do this.

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    My 9 year young granddaughter made these today with a little supervision from me. They were fun and yummy. The centers are endless so we’ll probably make these many more times. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe.

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  14. Heather and Abby

    5 stars
    The cookie recipe was life changing! The cookie changed my opinion of every other cookie in the planet. I did change it a little bit though, instead of doing a solid red I did a rainbow!!!! It looked AMAZING!!! I just made this comment to suggest an easier way to do the outside of the cookie (the plain white part). Instead of doing a bunch of lines I simply used a shot glass to make a circle. Then after getting a circle I used the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape. Once the heart was out of the plain circle, I was left with a heart shaped hole in the plain circle. Lastly, I dropped the rainbow heart inside the heart-shaped hole to create the cookie! TA-DA!!! Hope you found my comment useful…..it’s ok if you didn’t!

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  18. Holly

    5 stars
    I made these yesterday and they are really good. I had no problem with the amount of flour, the longer I mixed the more the dough came together. They came out really cute. I did it a different way though. I used the heart cutter to cut out the hearts, then I cut out circles in the regular dough then I cut a heart in the middle of those circles and then I put the red hearts in the hole I made in the circles. It worked really well. My mom thought it would be easier that way but I think next time I will try the way it’s written. I do think it needs a little more vanilla. I made them for a nonprofit organization, Care net for Valentine’s Day. A little early but I was excited when I saw the recipe. Thanks!

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  20. heather

    5 stars
    I just made these, THEY ARE BETTER THAN THEY LOOK (which says alot because they are SO CUTE) . I’m a cookie connoisseur and just yes. All of the yes.

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    5 stars
    Just wanna say I make this recipie ALL the time now with all sorts of shapes and it easy, adorable, tasty and everyone is always so impressed!

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