XO Valentine Sugar Cookies

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Valentine Sugar Cookies

Yesterday, I took my kids to the park. And the day before that, I took my kids to the park. And the day before that they asked if they could go to the part and I said no because I had to make dinner/ was just being heartless / “the worst mommy ever”.

It’s January, people. JANUARY!

I  love Oregon.

Usually winters are mild, but with a lot of precipitation. I mean, don’t get me wrong. We still do get our fair share of rain, but the last few weeks have been dry. So, we’ve been out and about enjoying all this sun.

Oh mr. sun sun mr. golden sun. Please shine down on meeeeeeeee.

Please tell me you know that song. {It’s from an old Raffi record…which happens to be replaying in my mind at this very moment.}

Please tell me you know who Raffi is. {Just google him.}

Please don’t leave me.


I digress.


I finally cracked out my very small box of valentine decor and have started thinking about lovey dovey recipes. Today, I’m sharing one of them with you, even though my husband is 2000+ miles away! XO Valentine Sugar Cookies….or hugs and kisses.

I love how these 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.

Here’s how to make them:

X O Sugar Cookie 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.

X O shaped sugar cookies

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

X O shaped sugar cookies

But first, the OCD in me made me match every single X with every single O….not a necessary step.

Pink sugar cookie icing

Once your cookies are all good to go, make the glaze: powdered sugar, milk, red food coloring and vanilla all stirred together until smooth. Add more or less red to create the type of pink hue you want.

icing sugar cookies

Now, dip each cookie into the glaze. I tried to dip just the tops to leave the bottoms untouched.

icing sugar cookies

Let any excess glaze drip down and place back onto baking rack.

setting down sugar cookie to drip off excess icing

Like this! Once each cookie gets dunked, be sure to add on sprinkles! My daughter and I love our sprinkles.

Valentine Sugar Cookies

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.

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Because we were adding on some of these fun festive sprinkles, there was no need to pop any air bubbles before hand 🙂

Valentine Sugar Cookies

My very favorite cookies 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 🙂 If my husband didn’t love chocolate so much I’d be sending him a batch of these cookies.

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!

Printable recipe below 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

5 from 1 vote

XO Valentine Sugar Cookies

What could be more perfect for Valentine's Day than these adorable and yummy XO sugar cookies!

servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 1 hr 50 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs


for the cookies:

  • 3 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter cold & cut into chunks, 2 sticks
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp 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.
  • Freeze 5-7 minutes, then bake 10-12 minutes. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to cooling racks.
  • In a small bowl, stir all glaze ingredients together until smooth and runny. 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.


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

    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.

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