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XO Valentine Sugar Cookies

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These XO Valentine Sugar Cookies could not be more perfect for Valentine’s Day! They are adorable, yummy and topped with sprinkles! Just as tasty as my Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies or Lemon Sour Cream Sugar Cookies variations!

Valentine Sugar Cookies on a wooden  cutting board

I love how these XO Valentine sugar cookies turned out. They are soft, thick and chewy plus have a light almond flavor to them which is my all time FAVORITE taste in a sugar cookie. I added on a little pink glaze with some Valentine’s Day sprinkles and the cookies were all ready to go for the holiday of love!

This recipe makes a lot of X’s and O’s so you might want to think about giving some away and then perhaps playing a friendly game of tic tac toe…or I’ll just eat them.  Either way is fine by me.

Main Ingredients Needed

Here is everything you’ll need to make these delicious, soft and chewy XO Valentine Sugar Cookies.

For the Sugar Cookies

  • All-purpose flour- unbleached, helps fill out these cookies.
  • Baking Powder- used as a leavening agent to help the cookies rise.
  • Butter + Sugar- to flavor and sweeten!
  • Egg- this provides structure and texture.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract + Pure Almond Extract- two flavoring ingredients.

For the Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar- to sweeten the glaze.
  • Milk- for moisture
  • Vanilla- for flavoring!
  • Liquid Red Food Coloring- to add pink color to the glaze.
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles- totally optional, but adds a festive touch to your cookies!
cutout X O Sugar Cookie Dough on parchment paper

How to Make XO Valentine Sugar Cookies|Directions

For full directions on how to make these XO Valentine Sugar Cookies, scroll down to the printable recipe card below.

Step 1: Make the Dough

Start out by making your dough and cutting it out into X’s and O’s. This cookie recipe is originally from this post. If you want step-by-step photos on how to make the dough click through here.

After the cookies are baked and cooled, you are just about ready to Valentine them up!

Step 2: Make the Glaze

In a small bowl, stir powdered sugar, milk, red food coloring and vanilla together until smooth and runny. Add more or less red to create the type of pink hue you want.

Pink sugar cookie icing

Step 3: Dip the Cookies

Dip each cookie into the glaze. I tried to dip just the tops to leave the bottoms untouched. Place onto cooling rack to let excess glaze drip down.

Step 4: Add Sprinkles!

Once each cookie gets dunked, be sure to add on sprinkles! If you want to skip the sprinkles entirely, the cookies look really classy; just make sure to use a toothpick to pop the air bubbles. Because we were adding on some of these fun festive sprinkles, there was no need to pop any air bubbles before hand :). We love sprinkles at our house! Allow to dry 1-2 hours.

Want more Valentine Treat Ideas? Try these:

My very favorite sprinkles are these mini heart sprinkles. How cute are they?? I just love ’em! If you need to show someone you love them, this is an easy way to get the job done 🙂

Anyways, these are the perfect cookies for Valentine’s Day. Make a few dozen now and wait for the compliments to roll in cause they certainly will!

The printable recipe is below. Enjoy!

5 from 5 votes

XO Valentine Sugar Cookies

What could be more perfect for Valentine's Day than these adorable and yummy XO Valentine Sugar Cookies! Topped with sprinkles!
servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 1 hr 50 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs


for the cookies:

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup butter cold & cut into chunks, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

for the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 drops liquid red food coloring
  • valentine’s day sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl stir flour and baking powder together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg and extracts. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients.
  • Roll dough out onto floured surface to be just over 1/4" thick. Cut cookies out using X and O cookie cutters and place onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
    xo sugar cookies on parchment paper
  • Freeze 5-7 minutes, then bake 10-12 minutes. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to cooling racks.
    XO cookies on cooling rack
  • In a small bowl, stir all glaze ingredients together until smooth and runny.
    pink icing in a bowl with spoon
  • Dip each cookie into the glaze and place onto cooling rack to let excess glaze drip down. Top with desired sprinkles and dry 1-2 hours.
    xo sugar cookie dipped in glaze


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Valentine Sugar Cookies

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    1. Lauren

      These are the ones I used: http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-Alphabet-Number-Cookie/dp/B000U6AKYK/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1422687655&sr=1-2&keywords=fox+run+alphabet+cutters

  1. Jim H

    Hi Lauren-Really like the X’s and O’s you used. Quick search is not turning up cookie cutters you used. Do you have a source/link for these? Thanks!

    1. Lauren

      I got them from a local cake shop, but I found them online here: http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-Alphabet-Number-Cookie/dp/B000U6AKYK/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1422687655&sr=1-2&keywords=fox+run+alphabet+cutters

  2. Gina

    Oh my- I’m giggling. My baby brother loved Raffi & would sing that song all the time when he was little.

    Love the cookies – funny enough- I posted similar (but definitely not as cute) x’s & o’s cookies today too. You know what they say about like minds…..

  3. Jeff

    This past week has been amazing here in Oregon, makes it hard not to feign illness to try to leave work early. Even then my manager knows me well enough that she doesn’t believe me.

  4. Crystal Maurizi

    Thank you for your website and the emails. I really look forward to the email I get from you! A ray of sunshine a midst the junk and spam! I enjoy trying the new recipes. Even though my kids are all grown I appreciate all that you post.

    Thanks again!

  5. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    Yes, there weather in OR has been dryer than normal….which begs the question, When will the rain come? Because you know that we always get our rain.
    I loved last summer so much. If only every summer could be like that.

    These cookies look delightful. And fun.

  6. Erin

    Hi Lauren, may I ask you where you got your cookie cutters? The only ones that I can find are very wide & I like how much narrower yours are.


  7. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

    the weather over here on the east coast has been anything but mild unfortunately! but omg, your cookies! these look fabulous!

  8. Mary

    The cookies are sooo cute!!! Always on the hunt for something fun for my grandchildren. And, Angelyn is right. The weather out east here has been cruel but every day is another closer to spring. Raffi….the best. My youngest grew up listening to him. Laura I wish you knew how much I appreciate all your recipes. They are simple to make and always taste impressive. I have MS so the ease in preparing the meal and your great directions mean so much to me. Do you have any cookbooks? I would be honored to have one in my kitchen. Take care and, again, thanks…from the bottom of our tummies!!!

  9. Francesca

    Hey Lauren! I was wondering if the consistency of the batter was okay for a cookie press. And if not, what would you recommend to tweak it as such. Thank you kindly~

    1. Lauren

      It’s too thick for a cookie press. Maybe try adding in an egg yolk or two? I haven’t tried using a cookie press, so that might not work!! If in doubt google spritz cookie recipe. That should point you in the right direction!

  10. Another Christina

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for these! We had premade dough from a school fundraiser bUT the glaze and sprinkles method was fairly simple and our cookies look great. Much better than my past bungled tries that look like a four year old made them. 🙂 The tiny heart sprinkles made this a must do and I found some on Amazon. I will def do this again.

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  14. Dee

    5 stars
    Made these for my sugar cookie w/frosting husband on Valentine’s Day. We both love them! Thought it was kinda weird to use chilled butter to cream w/sugar but it was perfect! There was no required chilling time in the frig. Just roll, cut and bake. No sticking to my silicone mat. There were delicious. And the glaze was easy to make and use. Best sugar cookie recipe ever!

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    1. Lauren

      That was a typo, taken from my vanilla bean cookies! If you’d like to add in a vanilla bean, just scrape out the beans and add in with the extracts.