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Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies

A soft, sweet and easy sugar cookie recipe that’s perfect to share with loved ones. These Valentine’s Day cookies are rolled in sprinkles or sugar and much easier than classic cut-out cookies!

Need more Valentine’s Day recipes? Try cherry almond cookies, chocolate lava cake or chocolate covered strawberries.

Easy valentine cookies on a plate.
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Easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking for a no-roll easy sugar cookie recipe, I’ve got the perfect one for you. I absolutely LOVE my classic sugar cookie recipe, but they take more time. My kids love this easy version and these chewy brown sugar cookies just as much, though!

My kids are always asking me to make Valentine’s Day cookies with sprinkles. These cream cheese sugar cookies are soft, tender and sweet then rolled in festive pink and red sprinkles for an easy Valentine’s Day dessert!

Recipe Ingredients

These are easy sugar cookies that are special for Valentine’s Day! We love these cookies year-round though because they are soft and chewy plus easy to make.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Butter: Soften unsalted butter ahead of time. Room-temperature butter makes it smooth and buttery when mixed together.
  • Cream cheese: Make these extra soft and chewy by using a softened cream cheese mixture.
  • Sugar: Added for sweetness and texture!
  • Egg: This is a binder to help stick the dough together, give leavening, and help with flavor.
  • Extracts: Combine almond and vanilla extract to make a sweet and savory flavor.
  • All-purpose flour: Helps build and thicken the cookies. Sift the flour with the other dry ingredients to help fluff and give a lighter and more airer cookie.
  • Baking powder: This will add a chewy and softer cookie when baked.
  • Optional: Rolling easy sugar cookies in sprinkles adds a festive touch and can change colors depending on the holiday. Rolling in granulated sugar is great, too.


With no heart-shaped cookie cutter required, these Valentine sugar cookies are easy to dress up or keep simple. Add sprinkles, icing, a chocolate kiss, or specialty candies

  • No sprinkles: You can absolutely make these classic sugar cookies without sprinkles. If I don’t roll them in sprinkles, I like to roll them in sugar.
  • Hearts: You could even put candy heart shapes in the center to dress them up a bit.
  • Chocolate: If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can add a Hershey Kiss to the center of the cookies.
  • Frosting: Sometimes we add easy sugar cookie icing on top. Royal icing or this Lofthouse cookie icing can be used. A buttercream frosting would add the perfect sweetness!
  • Food coloring: You can even add food coloring to change the color of Valentine’s day cookies!

How to Make Valentine’s Day Cookies

These easy Valentine’s sugar cookies are extra chewy, soft, and full of flavor. Roll cookies in sprinkles before you bake them to celebrate holidays or just because!

The process of making Valentine's sugar cookies in a four step collage.
  • Mix. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugar and mix for an additional minute. Then mix in the egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  • Combine. Slowly add 2 1/2 cups flour and baking powder. Mix just until combined. I like to chill my dough for 30 minutes to an hour before baking, however, this is optional. It just makes the dough easier to work with.
  • Roll. Scoop out the dough, then roll in between your hands. Roll dough balls into a bowl of sprinkles (or granulated sugar) and place them on a lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press the dough balls down with the bottom of a cup.
  • Bake. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Easy Valentine's Day Cookies.

Easy Sugar Cookies Tips

  • Extract. I love the combination of vanilla extract and almond extract to flavor the sugar cookies. Instead of almond extract, you could use lemon juice or additional vanilla.
  • Sticky dough. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour to the batter if the dough is too sticky.
  • Avoid over mixing dough. Over mixing the dough will cause tough, dense cookies.
  • Chilling the dough. If you have time, chilling easy sugar cookie dough in fridge can make it easier to roll in sprinkles and prevents spread while baking.

5 star review

“These are my husband’s favorite cookie and when I first made them, he went crazy over this recipe. I will be making them for Valentine’s Day again thanks so much!”

A stack of sprinkled sugar cookies.

Recipe FAQs

How many days in advance can I make Valentine’s Day sugar cookies?

When properly stored, homemade sugar cookies will last two to three days before they become too hard and not chewy and soft.

Do you put sprinkles on sugar cookies before or after you bake them?

Sprinkles should be added or rolled into the sugar cookie dough prior to baking the dough. This will give them a base and stay in the cookies rather than fall off after they are baked.

What kind of sprinkles can you bake?

The best sprinkles for adding to cake batter or cookie dough are jimmies or confetti sprinkles. Both of these will have the best results and will hold their shape and color when baked.

Valentine's Day sugar cookies with a heart candy in the middle of the cookie.

Storage and Freezing

  • Store: Valentine’s sugar cookies will keep for about 3 weeks long. Store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Freeze: They can also be stored in the freezer. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a ziplock bag. From the freezer to the oven, bake them frozen for a delicious treat when needed!

Looking for more easy Valentine’s Day dessert recipes? Make Swig cookies, Valentine M&M cookies or this sugar cookie bars recipe with pink icing!

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stack of valentine's sugar cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
A soft, sweet and easy sugar cookie recipe that's perfect to share with loved ones. These Valentine's Day sugar cookies are rolled in sprinkles or sugar, much easier than classic cut-out cookies!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 cup salted butter , softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 3/4  cups all purpose flour , more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup sprinkles , sanding sugar or granulated sugar, for rolling


  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add the sugar and mix an additional minute. Add in the egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined. 
  • Slowly add 2 1/2 cups flour and the baking powder. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour if the dough is too sticky. Mix, just until combined. Note: The dough will be a little sticky and refrigerating it will help. Cover the dough and chill for 1 hour. Place sprinkles (or granulated sugar) into a bowl if desired and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a medium cookie scoop or Tablespoon, spoon out the dough. Roll in between two hands and then roll into the sprinkles or sugar (whichever desired).
  • Place onto the pan 2 inches a part and press down with the bottom of a cup.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden. Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in a airtight container.


You can roll the cookies in granulated sugar instead of sprinkles if preferred. You can even add a candy heart or Hershey kiss on top, too! 


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 58mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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