Valentines Cookies (Vegan)

This is an easy, colorful, and delicious Valentines Cookies recipe that delivers soft and tender cookies with bursts of color and sweetness from the valentines sprinkles. These adorable cookies are much easier than cut outs! Your sweethearts will be yours when you give them a batch of these red and pink cookies.  

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 Valentines 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?

Decorated Valentines Cookies

I decided rather than cutting cookies and then decorating them with frosting and sprinkles over the top, why not just put the sprinkles right IN the cookies!

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

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

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

How to Make Valentines Cookies

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

Looking at a beater full of creamy vegan butter and sugar whipped together in a stand mixer.

Step One: Cream the Fat and Sugar

The first step is to cream together the fat and sugar. To do this, add the sugar, vegan butter and coconut oil to a mixing bowl. Use either a handheld or a stand mixer and beat these ingredients until smooth and fluffy, about 1 – 2 minutes. Then, add the vanilla and applesauce and beat again to combine.

Dry ingredients, like flour, in a glass bowl.

Step Two: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl combine the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder. Stir to combine. Then stir in the colorful sprinkles.

Note on Measuring Flour: 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.

Three rows of valentines cookie dough balls sit next to each other on a baking sheet, getting ready to be placed in the oven.

Step Three: Make the Batter and Bake

Pour the flour mixture into the mixing bowl with the butter/sugar mixture and stir to combine.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15 – 30 minutes.

Note: If you have more time, you can chill the dough overnight.

Once the dough is chilled, roll the dough into 1½” cookie dough balls. I used a cookie dough dispenser to keep the sizes equal. 

Place the cookie dough balls on a prepared pan, about one inch apart.

Bake the cookies for 8 – 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.

Valentines Cookies Expert Tips

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

  • First, reserve some of those sprinkles so you can add more to the cookie dough balls before baking them
  • I highly recommend using non-refined coconut oil because it has a slight hint of coconut, which adds a delicious flavor profile
  • Be sure not to over-bake these cookies. It’s tempting to leave them in the oven a little longer, but they firm up as they cool, so if you want a soft and tender inside to your cookies, be sure not to leave them in the oven too long
  • 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 melt too slowly, causing flat cookies
  • For some almond flavor, substitute this in place of 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract: 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I shared these Valentines 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!

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

We hope you love this recipe for valentines cookies as much as we do! If you end up throwing a batch or two of these in the oven, be sure to snap a photo and share it using #namelymarly on Instagram so we can see it too! We love seeing your photos!

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

Confetti Cookies

These colorful, fun, Valentines Cookies recipe creates a soft, tender cookie with lots of sprinkles! They’re much easier to make than cut-out cookies!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Confetti Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lining 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.
  • Combine flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and sprinkles and stir to combine. See Notes for tips on measuring flour for this recipe.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the mixing bowl with the butter/sugar mixture and stir to combine. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15 – 30 minutes.
  • Roll the chilled dough into 1½" cookie dough balls. I used a cookie dough dispenser to keep the sizes equal. 
  • Place cookie dough balls on prepared pan, about one inch apart.
  • Bake cookies for 8 – 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.

Recommended Equipment

Notes

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 melt 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 cuts 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.
Nutrition Facts
Confetti Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

Enjoy!

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