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Valentine Press Cookies: Hearts Made from a Cookie Press

Valentine Press Cookies are made from a classic press cookie recipe. The buttery dough is pushed through a cookie press using a heart-shaped disk to form the cookies. You can serve these cookies plain, sprinkled with decorations or sugars, frost them, or dip them in melted chocolate. Press cookies are fun!

Valentine Press Cookies

Prep time: 20-30 minutes

Bake time: 6 minutes

Makes about 5-6 dozen cookies


1 cup butter, room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

A pinch of salt

Red marachino or glazed cherries, chopped

Red or pink food coloring

Red or pink colored sugar or sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl continually, about 1-2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.

  4. Reduce speed to low. Gradually stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture a bit at a time until well blended, scraping the bowl constantly.

  5. Add a few drops of food coloring to dough. You may wish to separate dough and color it in two or more batches to make a variety of red, pink, and white tinted cookies.

  6. Prepare cookie press by selecting and inserting a heart-shaped disk and filling the press with dough. Press cookies onto the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

  7. Decorate cookies with chopped cherries, colored sugars, and sprinkles.

  8. Bake cookies for 6 minutes or until set. If you bake too long, edges will brown quickly.

  9. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit on the baking sheets for a minute. Use a spatula to transfer cookies from the baking sheets to cooling racks.

  10. Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

A Special Tip from The Elf

Valentine Press Cookies can be decorated with different kinds of red, pink, and white sprinkles to make a variety of colored hearts.

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