These marbled heart shaped Valentine Sugar Cookies are such a fun and festive cookie recipe. They are great for Valentines Day or just because!
Valentine Sugar Cookies
We love making marbled cookies! Our Fall Leaf, Easter Bunny, and Snowflake cookies are all holiday marbled cookies that are pretty, fun, and taste delicious! These cookies are so easy to put together and you can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, a store bought mix, or our personal sugar cookie recipe below in the recipe card. It’s as easy as whipping together some cookie dough and coloring portions in the colors you want!
How can I make these cookies sweeter?
The sugar cookie recipe we use tastes like a cross between a sugar cookie and a short bread cookie. The sugar cookie recipe is one of our family favorite recipe that we use all the time. It is not a super sweet cookie dough as we typically top it with a delicious buttercream frosting. If you prefer a sweeter cookie base, especially if you choose not to ice your cookies, you can add a 1/4 cup more sugar to the recipe.
What kind of food coloring should I use for marbled sugar cookies?
I tend to prefer gel food coloring as the colors are more saturated, tend to be brighter, and there are many more options of colors, but regular liquid food coloring works as well!
TIPS FOR MAKING VALENTINE SUGAR COOKIES
- HEART COOKIE CUTTERS: you can find lots of different options for cookie cutters online – these heart cookie cutters are fun! They come in multiple sizes and a little plastic container to store them neatly.
- SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH– we always use our favorite sugar cookie dough when making our marbled cookies but any sugar cookie recipe or even store bought packages will work. You will just want to divide your cookie dough into three different bowls and color as desired.
- STORE BOUGHT FROSTING – when making cookies I prefer to use a store bought icing. I just tape the container and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until it’s pourable. Place in a ziploc bag with the corner snipped to drizzle frosting on cookies.
- MIXING COLORED DOUGH – once your color your dough you will want to roll the dough into small balls and place together on a lightly floured surface. Carefully roll out together until colors begin to blend into each other.
- **PRO TIP** The more your mix and roll your dough the more marbled of an effect it will have. The first roll out will result in more “color block” cookies. Either way is fun and colorful!
HOW TO MAKE MARBLED HEART COOKIES
- Prepare sugar cookie dough according to below directions or package instructions. Separate dough into separate bowls, amount depending on how many different colors you would like. We chose to keep some dough uncolored, pink and red.
- Add dollops of colored sugar cookie dough next to each other and roll out as you would normally. Don’t over roll or your cookie dough colors will begin to blend too much.
- Using heart cookie cutters cut out and bake.
- Place store bought frosting container in microwave and heat for a few seconds until icing is pourable but not “melted.” Place frosting in a ziploc bag and snip the corner. Drizzle over cooled cookies and allow frosting to set up.
Valentine Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups cold butter cubed
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, you can add 1/4-1/2 cup additional sugar for cookies not being topped with icing but I personally don't think it's necessary
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Cream together butter, sugar, and salt in a stand mixer with paddle attachment.
- Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Add flour, cornstarch, and nutmeg. Mix on low until fully incorporated.
- Stir in the sour cream.
- Mix cookie dough into separate bowls. Color each bowl with the color you desire. We did pink and red and left a bowl as is.
- Add dollops of colored sugar cookie dough next to each other and roll out as you would normally. Don’t over roll or your cookie dough colors will begin to blend too much. *if cookie dough is too soft place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Use your cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silpat.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not overbake. Remove from oven. Allow to cool completely
- If adding glaze: microwave store bought icing container until the frosting is pourable but not melted. Place in a ziploc bag and snip the corner. Drizzle warm frosting over cookies and allow frosting to set.