I learned how to make pretty Valentine cookie recipes and they have been a tradition around my house for many years. When my children were young and in grade school I used to love being their homeroom mom. This gave me a chance to bake fabulous cookies and share them with my children’s’ classmates. I almost always made the pretty heart shaped sugar cookies.
Every year the kid’s classes would have a Valentine party. This was a time for the young children to exchange valentine cards. All the kids would make their own Valentine box; all decorated with hearts and flowers. It had to have a slit in the top so each child could drop their cards in each other’s box. Every little child was hoping to get a special card from their favorite friend. After exchanging Valentine cards, the class would celebrate the day with treats; usually punch, cookies and candy.
Although Valentine’s Day goes way back to the thirteen hundreds, it became very popular in the nineteenth century. Fancy handmade Valentine cards were made with ribbons and lace; these were very beautiful. Then there was a trend to make them with paper lace and doilies. You may have seen some of these before; they are also very beautiful. From the handmade cards we progressed to the massive manufacturing of the cards.
Throughout the years I have learned how to make a collection of Valentine cookie recipes. I wanted them all to be red or pink in color or having something to do with love like “love letters” cookies. When I arrange them on a platter I want them to say “Valentine” without actually saying that is what they are.
Below you will find a recipe for teddy bear cookies; cute little bears have always been around for Valentine’s Day especially when they carry a pretty little heart in their paw. The other Valentine cookie recipes are all sandwich cookie recipes in the shape of hearts. I like to use different heart shaped cookie cutters when I have plans to place them on the same tray. I think they look prettier if they are a little different in size and shape.
Of course I had to learn how to make Valentine cookie recipes with some chocolate. This chocolate sandwich sugar cookie is filled with a delicious pink mint filling. The coconut oatmeal cookies or my best coconut cookie recipe for Valentines Day is filled and topped with a creamy frosting, then with pink coconut. The jelly filled Swedish cookies are also very delicious. Try all of the recipes!
This Valentine cookie recipe are gingerbread cut out cookies; they are shaped like teddy bear cookies and decorated with pink hearts for Valentine’s Day.
Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy; add vanilla and molasses and blend well.
Stir in flours, soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt and mix well.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Divide dough into fourths; roll each part to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut with floured cookie cutter into teddy bears; place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie tray.
Using small heart shape canapé cutter cut heart from center of each bear; bake on separate tray.
Bake hearts 5 to 7 minutes; bake bears 7 to 9 minutes or until set and cool completely.
TO DECORATE BEARS melt white chocolate; line cookie sheet with wax paper.
Spread one side of cooled bear with melted chips; place on lined cookie sheet coated side up.
Spread one side of each cooled heart with melted chocolate; place coated side up on tray.
Place trays in refrigerate for chocolate to set; Attach each heart to bears paw with melted chocolate.
Use decorator frosting for bears facial features.
These Swedish cookies make a perfect Valentine cookie recipe when cut in heart shapes and filled with a red jelly.
Grease and flour cookie sheets; set aside.
Beat butter and ½ cup sugar in large mixing bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg yolk scraping down sides of bowl.
Gradually add 1 ½ cups flour; beat on low until well blended.
Stir in additional flour with spoon to form stiff bowl.
Divide dough in two parts, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm; at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Roll out 1 part of dough at a time on floured surface to 3/16 inch thickness.
Cut dough with floured heart shape cookie cutter about 2 inches.
Place on prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart; gently reroll trimmings and cut cookies.
Repeat process with second part of dough but cut 1 inch centers out of these heart shapes.
NOTE: Make equal numbers of solid hearts and hearts with centers cut out.
Beat egg white in small cup with whisk.
Place almonds and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in separate bowl; blend.
Brush cookies with centers out with egg white and sprinkle with sugar mixture.
Bake cookies 8 to 10 minutes until firm and light golden; cool completely on wire rack.
TO ASSEMBLE COOKIES spread about ½ teaspoon jelly over flat side of solid cookie.
Top with flat side of cookie with center out to form sandwich.
Some of my Valentine cookie recipes just have to be chocolate. These chocolate sugar cookies are put together with a creamy pink mint filling to form the perfect sandwich cookie.
Combine and beat sugar and butter in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add milk, vanilla and egg; blend well.
Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda; mix well.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Roll 1/3 of dough at a time on floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut with floured heart shape cookie cutter
NOTE: Leave half of cookies solid and the other half with small shapes or circles cut out of centers.
Bake in preheated oven at 350F degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until set; remove immediately to cool.
TO MAKE FILLING combine ingredients adding just enough milk to spread.
Frost flat side of whole cookies; top with cutout cookie flat side down on frosting.
This is the best oatmeal cookie recipe of the Valentine cookie recipes. Oatmeal hearts are sandwiched with a creamy frosting; then topped with frosting and pink tinted coconut. So delicious!
Combine all dough ingredients and mix well;
Roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness on floured surface; cut with floured heart cookie cutter.
Bake in preheated oven at 350F degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown; cool.
Place coconut in bowl, add food coloring and toss with fork to color; set aside.
Combine and beat frosting ingredients until creamy.
Spread one cookie with frosting and top with another cookie.
Sprinkle top with pink coconut.
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