Can there be a better way to express your love than by baking and giving homemade Valentine cookies?
You needn’t be an expert baker or take hours of your time. Baking cookies is a simple (and inexpensive) way to give a personalized gift or to make a simple treat to celebrate the holiday.
You can make easy cookie recipes created just for Valentine’s Day or adapt other cookie recipes for the holiday.
That’s why The Elf recommends baking cookies as gifts of love for family and friends.
The ultimate definition of “sweet,” a sugar cookie recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter together are a classic Valentine treat. You can make an easy sugar cookie recipe and decorate the cookies with frosting, royal icing (here are some tips), and all kinds of decorations (like these). Or sugar cookie cut out hearts can be paired together and filled with jam or jelly to make Valentine sandwich cookies.
Long considered an aphrodisiac (although studies have yet to conclusively confirm it), chocolate has become the number one Valentine gift, making chocolate cookies a favorite homemade giveaway.
Whether from red and pink tints in cherries, their well-matched pairing with chocolate, or the association with President’s Weekend – particularly George Washington (born February 22) of cherry-tree-chopping fame – cherries are a popular Valentine cookie flavor.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, chocolate chip cookie recipe, or other cookie dough to bake a giant cookie or a brownie pizza for your Valentine. Frost the giant cookie with a personalized message.
A cookie bouquet of cookies on sticks (also called cookie pops) can take the place of flowers … and taste better. Decorate them with Valentine’s Day sayings. Or break up your quote into several shorter phrases or individual words and pipe each phrase on individual cookies. Arrange the cookies in order in the bouquet.
Ways to Decorate Cookies
Ways to Personalize Your Cookies
Ways to Package Cookies for Your Valentine
Even if you don’t have time to bake, cookie gifts for Valentine’s Day are a sweet treat. You can order and send cookie bouquets, cookie tins, cookie gift baskets, gourmet cookies … or better yet, deliver them yourself, in person.
Try These Valentine Cookie Recipes from The Elf