Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies for Valentine’s Day

Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies for Valentine’s Day are a fun project for kids to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They will love helping cut out the dough and decorating the finished cookies.

Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies for Valentine's Day

Well, Valentine’s Day is not my most favorite holiday these days. Honestly, it can be a bit of a bummer when you’re single and most everyone else around you – friends and family – is not. It can feel pretty lonely when you’re watching from the sidelines.

Since things are pretty much dead in the romance department for me when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I tend to focus on the kid aspect of the holiday by doing fun things like baking cookies or cupcakes, and giving the kids a Valentine from me.

Kids love to help decorate cookies! Special Valentine’s Day cookies, like these Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies,  are a great way to celebrate at home and with friends.

If you want to host a fun Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Party for your kids, check out my Tips for Hosting a Successful Kids’ Cookie Party for lots of ideas and tips to get your started on your planning. Cookies and frosting can easily be prepped in advance.

Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies for Valentine's Day

This Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookie Recipe can, of course, be adapted to any holiday you like by using different shapes and colors to decorate with.

If you prefer a flavor other than vanilla, like citrus or almond, you can also substitute those extracts in place of the vanilla extract. Lemon and Almond flavored cookies are both delicious.

More Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas

Looking for more fun Valentine’s Day recipes? Here are a few fun ideas to try:

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes are perfectly pink and sweet for Valentine’s Day.

Looking for some fun activities for the kids on Valentine’s Day? Check out these Valentine’s Day Activity Round Up.

This Raspberry Brownie Parfait is one of my favorite, easy desserts. Fudge-y brownies are layered with mascarpone whip and delicious raspberries

The combination of White Chocolate Pudding and Dark Chocolate Pudding makes these Triple Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Parfaits deliciously rich, but the chocolate pudding takes less than twenty minutes to whip up from scratch!

Chocolate Raspberry Vanilla Bean Marshmallows are a delicious and fun treat to eat or to add to a cup of hot cocoa.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day at home?

Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies

Yield: varies, depending on cookie size and shape

Prep Time: 2 hours (includes dough prep, chill time, and cutting shapes)

Cook Time: 8 - 12 minutes

Easy Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies for Valentine's Day are a fun project for kids to do to celebrate Valentine's Day. They will love helping cut out the dough and decorating the finished cookies.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Glaze

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk or half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring optional

Directions:

For the Cookies

Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream, using the whisk attachment, on high speed until light and fluffy.

Add the sugar and beat until dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Mix in the corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and egg.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the 4 cups of flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Slowly add the flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, to the butter mixture, stirring on low speed using the paddle attachment mix into the butter mixture.

Scrape the sides of the bowl down as needed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the in the refrigerator for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove 1/3 of dough at a time from the refrigerator and roll to 1/8″ thickness. Cut into desired shapes.

Place 1″ apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake at 350° F for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely before decorating.

For the Glaze

In small mixer bowl, combine the powdered sugar, milk, butter, and extract. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional milk, if necessary, to reach the desired spreading consistency. Color with food coloring, if desired.

Pour the frosting into small squeeze bottles for easy decorating. Frost the cookies. Let stand until hardened.

Notes:

Decorating Tips

First, outline the cookie shape with your chosen color of glaze. Next, fill the outline with additional frosting until the outline is filled completely solid. While still wet, add sprinkles, if desired.

For a swirled effect, choose 2 different glaze colors. First, outline the shape with the first color. Then outline the shape again, this time inside the first outline, with the second color.

Repeat this process until the entire cookie is filled with alternating colors. Using a toothpick, swirl the 2 colors together.