Valentine’s Day Recipe: Red Hot Heart Cookies

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day dessert that’s sugar, spice, and everything nice. These homemade Red Hot heart cookies pack cinnamon-flavored heat, and a helping hand from the kiddos in the kitchen will make them taste even sweeter.

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

What you need:

  • ¾ c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ c. Red Hot candies
  • Frosting
  • Electric mixer
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Cookie baking sheet
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Optional: decorating tip + piping bag

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Step No. 1: In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Roll out one handful of dough at a time in between two sheets of wax paper, and place the sheets in the refrigerator or freezer to chill for at least one hour.

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Step No. 2: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using the heart cookie cutter, cut out shapes from the chilled dough. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Add a few Red Hot candies to each cookie by gently pressing the candies into the dough.

Tip: Combine the remaining dough scraps together and re-roll in between the wax paper sheets before cutting out the additional heart shapes.

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Step No. 3: Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven, until the edges are slightly golden brown. Cool completely.

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Step No. 4: While your cookies are cooling, it’s time to add some spice to your frosting. First, add the remaining Red Hot candies to a food processor, and process until the candies become a fine sugar-like dust.

Add in a few spoonfuls of the processed candies to your bowl of frosting. (The more you add, the spicier the frosting will be, so add accordingly.)

Red Hot cookie recipe for Valentine's Day

Step No. 5: Once the cookies have cooled, frost cookies with the spiced buttercream and add any additional candy or decoration you’d like to the top of each cookie.

Tip: For a more formal cookie, use a decorating tip and a plastic piping bag to frost the cookie.