A close up photo of a pink and white striped valentine's day sugar cookie shaped like a heart.

Valentine Cookies

These show-stopping pink and white striped sugar cookies have a touch of sparkle thanks to some pink sanding sugar and make for a perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 139 kcal
Author John Kanell



  • cup  unsalted butter 227g, unsalted, room temp
  • cup  granulated sugar 234g
  • eggs
  • cups  all-purpose flour  500g, sifted
  • 3/4  cup  cornstarch 80g, sifted
  • 3/4  teaspoon  kosher salt 4g
  • tablespoon  vanilla extract 15mL
  • 1/4  cup  pink sanding sugar 50g
  • few drops pink food coloring



  1. Preheat to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, vanilla and granulated sugar together.
  3. Sift flour, cornstarch, salt. Whisk until incorporated.
  4. Using a kitchen scale, split the 620 gram batch in half, each at 310 grams.
  5. Split 450 gram sugar/butter mixture in half, each at 225 grams.
  6. Add a few drops of pink food coloring to 1 batch of sugar/butter mixture. Mix until a desired color is reached.
  7. Add 1 egg to each sugar/butter mixture.
  8. On low, mix in dry mixtures to each batch.
  9. Sprinkle ¼ cup pink sanding sugar to one batch. Give a gentle roll to incorporate pink sugar into the dough.
  10. Transfer both to plastic.

  11. Roll into a disk and chill for about 1 hour.

  12. Roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness.

  13. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut ½ inch strips.

  14. Layer pink and white stripes so that they are touching.

  15. Roll to create a seal. Transfer to the fridge to chill.

  16. Cut cookies with a heart shaped cutter.

  17. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  18. Bake for 12 minutes then let cool.

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Valentine Cookies
Amount Per Serving (28 g)
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.6g 10%
Saturated Fat 1.7g 9%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 11g
Protein 1.3g 3%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.