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Valentine Cookies: Perfect Homemade Gifts of Love

Can there be a better way to express your love than by baking and giving homemade Valentine cookies?

Valentine Cookies with The Cookie Elf

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. 

Favorite Kinds of Holiday Cookie Recipes at Valentine’s Day

Sugar Cookies

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, and all kinds of decorations. Or sugar cookie cut out hearts can be paired together and filled with jam or jelly to make Valentine sandwich cookies. 

Chocolate 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.

Cherry Cookies

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.

Giant Cookies

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.

Cookie Bouquets

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.

How to Personalize Your Valentine Cookies

Ways to Decorate Cookies

  • Frost sugar cookies with cream cheese icing, vanilla icing, or chocolate icing.
  • Dip cookies in melted dark chocolate, melted white chocolate, or pink chocolate melts.
  • Use a fine tip on your piping bag or ready-to-use icing tubes to outline the edges of your cookies or write a message with icing on your cookies.
  • Decorate cookies with red, pink, and white sugars or Valentine sprinkles.
  • Decorate cookies with crushed red-and-white peppermint candy
    Roll cookies in powdered sugar or cocoa powder

Ways to Personalize Your Cookies

  • Personalize your cookies with a special message you pipe on the surface with an icing tube or piping bag.
  • Make your heart-shaped cookies into conversation hearts, using short, pithy sayings.

Ways to Package Cookies for Your Valentine

  • Package your Valentine cookies in red, pink, or clear cellophane party favor bags.
  • Package your cookies in clear storage bags and tie them with pink ribbon, red ribbon, or a piece of lace or pink or red ribbon around the neck of the bag.

Order and Send Cookies

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

Cherry Bonbon Cookies: a sweet surprise in the middle ...

Cherry Coconut Cookies: colorful, fun drop cookies ...

Cherry Kisses: low-fat meringues that melt in your mouth ...

Crispy Valentine Cookies: two kinds of chocolate, two kinds of cereal ...

Easy Valentine Sugar Cookies ...

Easy Valentine Cookie Wafers: fun, no-bake cookies to make with kids ...

Triple Chocolate Kisses: meringues made with 3 kinds of chocolate ...

Valentine Brownies: easy to make with heart cookie cutters ...

Valentine Press Cookies: hearts made from a cookie press ...


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