Heart Valentine Cookies: Heart Shaped Stained Glass Window Cookies
Chocolate may be the King of Valentine’s Day sweets but this recipe for heart Valentine cookies is sure to become a fast fan fav. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to take to a Valentine’s Day party or simply want to surprise your family with an out-of-the-ordinary dessert, these heart Valentine cookies fit the bill.
What I love about these heart Valentine cookies is that they look like they took hours of work slaving away in the kitchen but they’re actually pretty quick and easy. Oh, and they’re delicious…way better than any heart Valentine cookies you’ll get at your local supermarket. The melted hard candies give the cookie a unique flavor that is a little addictive. Trust me, your family will devour them…probably before you get a chance to snag one for yourself if you aren’t careful!
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⅔ cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
Approximately 40 hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, Red Hots, Life Savers)
Heart shaped cookie cutters (one roughly 3” to 3 ½” and one 1” to ½”)
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together with hand or stand mixer.
3. Mix in eggs and milk.
4. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
5. Add flour mixture a little at a time until fully incorporated.
6. Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow it to firm up.
7. Roll out dough to ¼”- to save myself a lot of clean up I roll my dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and just throw it away when done.
8. Chose your cookie cutters, making sure one is roughly 3” to 3 ½ “ and the other 1” to ½”.
9. Cut out out all dough using the larger heart shaped cookie cutter.
11. Use a spatula to lift large cookies without cutouts onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
12. Top with the other half that have cutouts.
13. Place hard candies in a Ziplock bag, separated by color, beat with a mallet or rolling pin to break up candies. They do not have to be finely crushed, rough pieces will work.
14. Sprinkle broken candies in the center of each cut out.
15. Bake for 6-7 minutes until candy is melted and edges begin to turn golden.
16. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes or until candy hardens.
17. Remove cookies from pan and place in an airtight container.
Keep this heart Valentine cookies recipe on hand. You can easily swap out the heart cookie cutters for another shape and use this recipe year round. You can go with simple shapes (ex. circles) or more holiday appropriate shapes (ex. maybe a star for Christmas).
Did you try this heart Valentine cookies recipe? Share your thoughts in the comments!