When it comes to classic Valentine’s Day desserts, nothing beats a heart-shaped cookie. Chances are you’ve munched on more than a few over the years. But there’s much more to making a great Valentine’s Day cookie than buying heart-shaped cookie cutters. To help y0u keep your V-day cookie game strong, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s Day treats in cookie form. These baked goods don’t always require cookie cutter, but they all deliver on flavor and creativity.
Peanutty Valentine Cookies
Half candy and half cookie, this tiny treat is dangerously delicious.
ABC Sugar Cookies
Need to spell it out for someone? These easy-to-make sugar cookies are just the thing.
Hazelnut Linzer Hearts
A couple of smart upgrades makes these elegant-looking jam-filled treats a step-up from your basic sugar cookie.
Slice-and-Bake Shortbread Cookies
This recipe is perfect for appeasing a variety of tastes. Easy swaps let you add or remove nuts, chocolate, or lemon zest.
Even if you’re going out for dinner, head home for dessert. These tasty cookies are the perfect complement to after-dinner coffee or tea.
These crunchy, sweet, cookie-like little French treats will bring to mind a romantic evening strolling around the City of Love.
Chocolate Chunk and Cherry Cookies
Don’t love cherries? dried figs, cranberries, or apricots will also make super sophisticated additions.
Giant Kiss Cookies
Give your sweetie a giant kiss! You can use basic sugar cookie dough mixed with cocoa. Just mold a heaping tablespoon of dough around a Hershey’s Kiss. Chill 20 minutes to help cookies maintain their shape, then bake. Wrap in aluminum foil to complete the look.
Strawberry Cream–Filled Sandwich Cookies
Walkers shortbread cookies and homemade filling make a decadent bite-sized treat.
Jelly Sandwich Sugar Cookies
Heat, then strain, preserves, or use jelly for a clear, gemlike effect. Slightly cool for smoothest application. Add sugar, nonpareils, or dragées before baking; gently press into dough to help adhere. Spread a thin layer of jelly on the base cookie and on the back of the top cutout cookie. Lightly press the cookies together. Fill the cutout area to the top of the cookie edge with jelly.
To add a candy kiss to a sugar cookie, place unwrapped candy on cookie rounds while they are still warm from the oven. Return to oven for 30 seconds and sprinkle the softened candies with silver dragées.
Red Sugar Dome Cookies
Shape 1 1/2 tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. For pink, tint dough with red food coloring. Roll balls in red sprinkles. Chill for 20 minutes and bake for 20 minutes.
Pink Sparkle Dome Cookie
Shape 1 1/2 tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. For pink, tint dough with red food coloring. Roll balls in a mix of sugars, nonpareils, and dragées. Chill for 20 minutes and bake for 20 minutes.
These neat-looking treats don’t require any fancy equipment. All you need are two different-colored doughs, a rolling pin, and a knife. Form one dough ball into a log, then wrap the rolled-out colored dough around it, chill, slice into cookies, and bake.
Caramel-Chocolate-Walnut Thumbprint Cookies
Bring these to your next office party—or save them for someone with a sophisticated palate that you want to woo. The secret ingredient? A touch of bourbon.
Valentine’s Cookie Bouquet
The only thing better than flowers is a bouquet that’s both cute and edible.
Sweet Cherry Linzer Torte Cookies
Spell out a special message for your significant other with these little delights.
Vanilla Shortbread Hearts
These jam-filled cookies are as sweet as they look and require just seven ingredients you probably already have at home.
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Surprise your favorite chocoholic this Valentine’s Day with these decadent cookies.
Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Cookies
The recipe says these cookies come out huge, which sounds like more of a reason to make this delicious hybrid between a cookie and a cinnamon roll.
Watercolor Rose Sugar Cookies
These hand-painted, rose-flavored cookies are a work of art (and much easier to make than they look).
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
This vibrant treat, which also makes for a beautiful homemade gift, combines two classic desserts.
Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
Brownie cookies are the best of both worlds, and you can get creative with your white chocolate designs.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
Because chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven.
Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookie
The best kisses are chocolate kisses! Make this combo cookie featuring Hershey’s Kisses.
Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
How adorable are these pink cookies? You only need six ingredients to bake them, including the food coloring.
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
The powdered sugar on these beauties looks like fresh-fallen snow, and gives this dessert an eye-catching and unique look.
Oreo Truffle Hearts
Nothing is better than Oreo cookies mixed with cream cheese and dipped in white chocolate.
Custom Fortune Cookies
Write your Valentine a special note hidden inside a custom fortune cookie.
It’s a cupcake cookie! Find a cupcake-shaped cookie cutter to make these cookies.