Homemade Valentine’s Day slice-and-bake cookies are easier to make than you think


Now that Christmas is firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to set your sights on the next holiday that calls for some sweet treats: Valentine’s Day! Sure, you could pick up some slice-and-bake-cookie dough at the grocery store to pop in the oven for this romantic holiday, but it’s super-easy to make your own slice-and-bake cookie dough.

These adorable heart cookies from The First Year Blog only look like they take forever to make. The recipe requires about 35 minutes of hands-on time and the possibilities for customization are endless. It’s enough to make you swear off the store-bought kind forever!

One tip: Wrap the cookie log in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least two hours before baking, as this will harden the dough enough for the cookies to keep their shape when you slice the log.

These cookies would be perfect to for a Valentine’s Day party, family game night or romantic after-dinner dessert on the holiday itself.

For another take on the slice-and-bake cookie recipe, how cool-looking are these pinwheel cookies from Walking on Sunshine Recipes? Yes, these take a few more steps than the pre-made, store-bought kind, but the delicious and pretty results are worth it.

Pinwheel red and white Valentines Day home baked cookies on cooling rack with red napkin and wood spoon

You can even make the dough ahead of time and freeze it, so you’ll have fresh, warm cookies ready in minutes whenever the mood strikes you. After all, cookie cravings don’t just strike around the holidays.

These cookies are red and green for a festive Christmas look, but the colors you use can be customized for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July or any occasion of your choosing.

The key to the pinwheel look is the two layers of dough, so a pink layer and a red layer would be perfect for the upcoming holiday of romance!

Desserts, Food, Holiday & Seasonal
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