Valentine’s Cookies

These vegan Valentine’s sugar cookies hold a special place in my heart because they’re not only delicious but also a breeze to make. I love how they bring joy to any celebration with their festive sprinkles and irresistible flavor.

A white plate is stacked high with valentines cookies, which are basically sugar cookies with heart-shaped sprinkles.

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Who doesn’t love bright and colorful Valentine’s Cookies? I love fixing a whole tray of cookies and goodies. You can take them to school parties, or have folks over to enjoy the goodies.

My only problem? I don’t really love the idea of rolling out sugar cookies. I mean, I like bright and colorful cookies, just not the rolling and the cutting. It makes such a mess.

So, what’s a person to do?

Decorating Valentine’s Cookies

I decided rather than cutting sugar cookies and then decorating them with frosting and sprinkles over the top, why not bake the sprinkles right in the cookies?

I’d say “brilliant” but I’m comfortable acknowledging that this is an idea already out in the universe. In fact, I have other recipes myself that incorporate sprinkles into cookies. For example, there are my Confetti Cookies. Mmm. Happy memories there. And my soft and chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Sprinkles Cookies.

The trick is creating a flavorful sugar cookie base so that the sprinkles create both added bursts of flavor, color, and holiday-themed decor.

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Granulated Sugar: Opt for organic cane sugar or substitute with coconut sugar for a healthier alternative (coconut sugar will make for darker cookies).
  • Vegan Butter: Look for brands like Earth Balance or Miyoko’s Creamery. Can be found in the dairy-free section of most grocery stores.
  • Coconut Oil: Choose unrefined coconut oil for a subtle coconut flavor. Can be found in the baking aisle.
  • Vanilla: Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. Avoid artificial vanilla flavoring. For some almond flavor, substitute 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Applesauce: Ensure it’s unsweetened. Substitute with mashed banana for a similar texture, but with added banana flavor.
  • All-purpose Flour: Use a spoon to lightly spoon the flour into measuring cups and level off with a knife for accuracy.
  • Cornstarch: Helps to create a tender texture in the cookies. Can be found in the baking aisle.
  • Baking Powder: Ensure it’s fresh for optimal rising.
  • Valentine’s Sprinkles: Look for vegan-friendly sprinkles at specialty grocery stores or online.

Buying Guide: Check your local grocery store or health food store for colorful Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

A white plate is full of valentines cookies with little red, white, and pink sprinkle hearts.

How to Make Valentine’s Cookies

This is an easy recipe to make — simply make the dough, add the sprinkles, and use your cookie dough dispenser (or roll into balls) and bake. Voila! You are done.

  1. Cream together the sugar, vegan butter, and coconut oil until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and applesauce, and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and sprinkles.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until well combined.
  5. Chill the dough for 15-30 minutes, then roll into 1 ½” balls.
  6. Place on the prepared pan, and bake for 8-9 minutes until lightly golden.
  7. Let the freshly baked cookies sit on the hot pan for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
Three rows of valentines cookie dough balls sit next to each other on a baking sheet, getting ready to be placed in the oven.

Marly’s Tips

There are a few tricks to getting this cookie recipe right, however. Keep these in mind when you’re making these valentines cookies:

  • Reserve some sprinkles to press into the cookie dough balls before baking.
  • For a chewier texture, slightly underbake the cookies.
  • Experiment with different shapes and sizes for a fun twist.

I shared these Valentine’s Cookies with several friends who came over to hang out and watch the Australian Open. I can report that everyone thought they were amazing. Of course, I whole-heartedly agree. For me, I’m usually a “one and done” kind of cookie eater, but I had to go back for seconds (and maybe even a third) with this one!

Storage Tips

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Alternatively, freeze in a single layer, then transfer to a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

This photo looks down on a countertop where several valentines cookies are placed next too each other.
This photo looks down on a countertop where several valentines cookies are placed next too each other.

Vegan Valentines Sugar Cookies

These vegan Valentine's sugar cookies are soft, buttery, and loaded with festive sprinkles. Perfect for sharing with your loved ones on Valentine's Day!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 93kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegan butter , softened
  • ¼ cup coconut oil , softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup applesauce , unsweetened
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cup Valentines Sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the sugar, vegan butter, and coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Using your mixer, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla and applesauce and beat again to combine. Set aside.
    Looking at a beater full of creamy vegan butter and sugar whipped together in a stand mixer.
  • Combine flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and sprinkles and stir to combine. See Notes for tips on measuring flour for this recipe.
    Looking down on a bowl with flour and other dry ingredients.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the mixing bowl with the butter/sugar mixture and stir to combine. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Roll the chilled dough into 1 ½" cookie dough balls. I used a cookie dough dispenser to keep the sizes equal. 
  • Place cookie dough balls on the prepared pan, about one inch apart.
    Three rows of valentines cookie dough balls sit next to each other on a baking sheet, getting ready to be placed in the oven.
  • Bake cookies for 8 to 9 minutes or until they are a light golden brown on the bottom. Remove from oven and cool for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will firm up as they cool.

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Use a whisk to lightly “sift” the flour. Then spoon flour into measuring cup. Use a butter knife to level it off. That way you get a precise amount of flour for this recipe.
Want soft, high cookies? Double-check these steps:
  • Don’t skip the step of creaming together the fat and the sugar!
  • Make sure to use fresh baking powder. It’s easy for baking powder to get past its prime and thus lose its key role – creating rise!
  • Double-check your oven temperature. Ovens can be unreliable with temperature settings. Use an oven thermometer to see if yours is right. If the oven temp is too low, the fat in the cookie dough melts too slowly, causing flat cookies. 
Make-ahead tip: You can make the dough a couple of days before baking. Just wrap the dough ball in waxed paper, and then put in a freezer bag and freeze it. Then when you’re ready to roll it, just cut off small chunks at a time. The cooler the dough, the easier it is to work with…and vice versa.
You can make these as individual cookies or flatten the cookies (with the back of a spoon or cup before baking) and add a cream frosting filling between two to make a sandwich cookie.
Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 10mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


4 Responses to Valentine’s Cookies

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLisa DiPaola Reply

    5 stars
    Trying to find a vegan cookie recipe for my children for Valentine’s Day. I’m not usually a person you find in the kitchen, but I haven’t seen them in over a year with Covid, so I made this recipe. Very easy and delicious! Thanks for the tips to make the cookie-helped me a lot!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lisa. I’m so glad this recipe worked for your family’s Valentine’s Day festivities. Food brings us together in important ways!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    5 stars
    I like!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly


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