This year I wanted to create a homemade Valentine’s Day snack box for some of my family members. Now, it might be easier to send flowers but I always think something homemade just does something for the heart, for both you and the recipient. The boxes started with testing out a few different Valentine’s Day cookie recipes. Part of the criteria was something that would ship well, stay moist for a week when correctly packaged, and looked festive! Right away that steered me away from anything frosted or with any sort of filling. That just opens too much risk for mailing.

I narrowed it down to a Valentine’s Day cookie recipe using red, pink and white M&M’s and then had to find the perfect recipe. I like my cookies plump and soft and many of the recipes and therefore, I used my chocolate chip cookie recipe as a staple and added a few ingredients consistent with sugar cookies.

The cookies turned out perfect. With a bake time of 10 minutes, rest on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes and then transferred to a cooling rack, it produced soft fluffy cookies! I boxed them up and they are ready to be sent off! In a separate post, I’ll share more about the entire gift box. The Valentine’s Day cookie recipe below walks you through how to make the perfect cookies!

Valentines Day Cookie Recipe

Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

Serving Size:
4 dozen
Time:
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients for Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups M&Ms (divided)

Directions for Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix well using a stand or handheld mixer.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well with the stand or handheld mixer.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  5. In 1/2 cup increments mix in the dry ingredients to your wet ingredients.
  6. Stir in 1 1/2 cup M&Ms
  7. Roll into small balls ~ 1 1/2 Tablespoon size and place on the parchment paper. 12 per cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for three minutes. While cooling use your reserved 1/2 cup of M&M’s to place additional M&M’s on the tops of each cookie. This will help bring out the Red, White and Pink colors.
  10. Place on a cooling rack. Try to wait at least 10 minutes before you dig in!

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