Open wide, I mean your screen, not your mouth just yet, we are about to make a batch of delicious and super easy cut-out no-chill Valentine sugar cookies!
I like simple recipes and these cut-out cookies for Valentine’s Day recipe are part of my signature recipes. In fact, this is my signature recipe for cut-outs and Valentine’s Day but you can convert the cookie cutter shape to any month!
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Why You’ll Love Our Cut-Out Cookies For Valentine’s Day
You’ll love this recipe and you can jump to it if you want…
- First, the sugar cookie recipe is streamlined with ingredients and simple to create.
- You don’t have to be a professional baker to make homemade Valentine’s sugar cookies
- The sugar cookie no-chill recipe is the real deal and my Grandmother is the reason I can make these (her skills)
- you can and should make these cookies for Valentine’s Day ahead of time
- You can easily transport these cookies for Valentine’s Day to your office or to a loved one!
- The recipe can be made sugar-free by subbing in your sugar-free replacement of choice (Splenda, Stevia)
What are Valentine’s Sugar Cookies?
In this recipe, you are going to find a batch of my signature recipe for cookies that are my version of Valentine’s sugar cookies coated with easy, no-fail icing.
The cookies are perfectly balanced with sugar and flavor.
You won’t max out on your sugar intake eating one of these Valentine sugar cookies but you will feel satisfied and stop that sugar cookie craving when you eat these!
I do not chill my dough, I have never had to, and if you follow the recipe, you will not have to either.
Some people do chill, but this recipe is perfect right away!
Chilling is what I prefer to do after the dishes are done and not in between making dough and waiting for the dough to set.
P. S. just in case you want to know, I’ve used them on at least 50 dozen cookies in the last 2 years and many versions for my son’s travel ice hockey team to eat on the bus!
Kitchen Essentials To Make Super Easy Cut-Out No-Chill Valentine’s Day Cookies
- a mixer (stand or hand whatever you have)
- cookie trays
- parchment paper to make clean up so much easier
- spatula – for scraping down the bowls
- oven to bake
- a rolling pin to roll the dough evenly
- a workspace
- a valentine’s day cookie cutter of any kind (cupid, arrow, heart, etc.)
Ingredients For Your Valentine Sugar Cookies
- Unsalted Butter
- Light Brown Sugar PACKED
- White Sugar
- Almond Extract
- Flour sifted and set aside
- Baking Powder
- salt if you happen to use salted butter eliminate this
- confectioner’s sugar
- Karo Syrup
- Sprinkles – optional but awesome for color
How To Make Valentine Sugar Cookies You’ll Love
Shake. Shake. Sift – Valentine’s Day Cut-out cookies
Step 1: Prep Your Oven And Your Pans
Preheat oven to 350°F and prep your baking pans with parchment paper to make cleanup easier!
Step 2: Super Easy Cut-Out Cookies Begin Here
In a mixing bowl, combine butter, egg, brown sugar, white sugar, and almond extract.
Using a separate bowl combine baking soda, salt, and sifted flour.
After mixing the wet ingredients, add the dry ingredients.
Step 3: Rolling Out Your Sugar Cookies For Valentine’s Day
Once your cookie dough for the sugar cookies is combined, roll it into a ball in the bowl.
Prepare your counter with a few generous dashes of flour.
Turn the dough out of the bowl and onto the counter.
Roll the dough, until it is not sticky, trying not to add too much flour.
However, work the dough until it is ‘shinier’ than floury.
Next, cut the dough in half.
Roll out 1/2 of the dough onto a lightly floured surface
Use Valentine’s themed cookie cutter, and cut your cookies out.
Bake the cookies in the oven according to the directed time.
Step 4: Baking + Cooling Valentine’s Day Cut-Out Matters
Once the cookies have been baked, remove them from the oven, allow the sugar cookie cut-outs to rest for five minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool for about 1/2 hour more.
Failing to cool the cookies will result in icing issues that you just don’t need!
Step 4: Now Cooled Go Ahead And Ice Your Valentine Sugar Cookies
Mix your confectionary sugar with the Karo and the water to the proper consistency.
Ice your super easy cut-out no-chill cookies as you mean it, with love!
Allow them to dry before packaging.
Pro Tip About Flour And Cookies
Flour can be the Debi Downer of any recipe.
Do you sift yours when you make sugar cookies?
Yes, that is one trick I learned early on from Gramma Stella.
Also, this can greatly affect the actual cups you think you measured.
Now call it ‘old school’ or call it efficiency, I promise you if you sift your flour, your cookies will turn out better than you can imagine.
It’s a simple process and I don’t care what brand of flour you use, (I’ve used most of them) it’s the game-changer in reference to baking!
What you might find is that 3 cups of scooped flour is actually four!
Sift, my friends, sift!
The extra step takes seconds and makes a difference in the volume and consistency of your baked goods.
Pro Sugar Tip Because Sugar is the Queen of This Recipe
By and large, there is always a debate. Do you use white sugar or do you use brown?
Well, I’ll tell you my answer and then you choose your own path: I go 50/50.
Why? Because I love a chewier sugar cut-out cookie, don’t you?
Dry and crisp is not what I expect when I dig my teeth into a sugar cookie.
Brown sugar lends to the moisture in a cookie and my cookies are a tad more airy/puff-up than the norm.
Yes, I love a puffed-up sugar cookie that is chewy and not dry!
That said, I do a 50/50 split.
My recipe is going to be a bit of each.
The Truth About Cut-Out Cookies For Valentine’s Day
A cut-out cookie is only as fun as the dough. If the dough is wrong, well, you won’t want to make them again.
Quite frankly, for years, I had struggled with sugar cookie dough and then I just did something better to make my life easier.
I TOOK MY TIME + I crafted successful Valentine’s Day cut-out cookies
As you know, my Nonna Santa was an incredible cook.
While my Gramma Stella is an incredible baker, even at the ripe age of 96.
She taught me more in her kitchen than in any book.
Baking is from the heart, not the book!
You will get out of a recipe what you put into it, and I don’t mean the ingredients.
Make sure to set aside a few hours to do this recipe from mixing to cutting out to cooling and icing.
It’s well worth it and everything turns out perfect every single time or you would not see it on my website.
Cookie Cutters Matter + Other Small Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Tips
I got great cookie cutters at Marshall’s so try there if you want a great deal on good cutters.
Also, make sure you have a pan that does not scorch at least buy one good cookie pan (invest is what I am saying.)
Parchment paper helps keep messes to a dull roar.
Make sure you have cooling racks too!
Signature recipe for cut-outs and Valentine’s Day
As for me, this is my signature recipe for cut-outs, and used for Valentine’s Day.
Here’s just another photo of how many I make at a time!
After all, when I tell you that I make something ALL the time, I do, and I can recite the recipe backward and forward!
Don’t forget peanut butter cups are a great Valentine’s Gift and this recipe makes them easy!
The Recipe For Valentine Sugar Cookies That Are Made With No Chill Dough
No Chill Valentine’s Sugar Cookies
- A cup of Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 C of Light Brown Sugar PACKED
- 1/2 C of White Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 Teaspoons Almond Extract or 1 Tsp Almond Extract and 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 C Flour sifted and set aside + 1/2 C Additional set aside for counter and rolling out.
- 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon salt if you happen to use salted butter eliminate this
- Baking Tray
- Silicone Mats
- Cooling rack
- Mixing Bowl
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- In a mixing bowl, combine butter, egg, brown sugar, white sugar, and almond extract.
- Using a separate bowl combine baking soda, salt, and sifted flour.
- After mixing the wet ingredients, add the dry ingredients.
- Mix well.
- Once combined, roll into a ball in the bowl.
- Prepare your counter with a few generous dashes of flour.
- Turn the dough out of the bowl and onto the counter.
- Roll the dough, until it is not sticky, trying not to add too much flour.
- However, work the dough until it is ‘shinier’ than floury.
- Next, cut the dough in half.
- Roll out 1/2 of the dough onto a lightly floured surface
- Use Valentine’s themed cookie cutter, and cut your cookies out.
- Carefully remove each cookie onto a baking pan (silicone mat r parchment paper-lined tray)
- Once your tray is filled, place it in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes (the cookies won’t look brown, but they will be cooked!)
- Remove and allow the cookies to cool before icing them.
- Enjoy ~ DANA xo
Enjoy my Super Easy Cut-Out No-Chill Valentine Sugar Cookies & Happy Valentine’s Day ~ Dana XO
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