Baker’s Best: Jane’s Favorite Recipes: Valentine Sugar Cookies

February 9, 2023

February is a time for sweets and treats you LOVE!

This month’s entry celebrates Valentine’s Day, featuring my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

I have used this Fanny Farmer Cookbook recipe for more than 40 years. If you take a close look at the attached photo, you’ll see a worn page with chocolate marks! Lots of happy baking moments and memories made! 

This recipe has been used with a variety of different shaped cookie cutters, depending upon the occasion or holiday. They can be topped with colored sugar or a frosting/glaze.

The roll-out sugar cookie tradition began with my grandmothers who taught me just how it’s done. I have since had fun sharing the process with our grandchildren. 

Over the years, I have enjoyed delighting our family and friends with baked goods, and the sugar cookie is a fan favorite.

Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar cookies shaped as hearts are a nice way to bring some joy to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Photo by Jane Taylor
  • Set oven to 375 degrees

Cream until light and fluffy:

  • ½ cup butter

Beat in:

  • ¾ cup sugar


  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon cream or whole milk

Beat in:

  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


  • Chill dough in refrigerator for two hours
  • Roll chilled dough onto floured cutting board or pastry mat
  • Cut cookies into shapes as desired
  • Sprinkle with colored sugar before baking; leave plain if planning on frosting afterwards
  • Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Bake for 10 minutes until edges are very lightly browned
  • Once baked and cooled, frost cookies with glaze (optional)


  • Mix 1 Tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring and 1 cup confectioner’s sugar together
  • Add more confectioner’s sugar for thicker frosting. 

These cookies freeze well if they last that long!

These valentine cookies are fun to make and a treat to eat. Photo by Jane Taylor
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