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Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookies

Here are the prettiest and most amazing Valentine’s Day thumbprint cookies for you. Make these if you are looking to impress the guests of your Valentine’s Day Party, or even simply make these awesome cookies for friends and family. They are not only pretty but delicious too!

I’ve mentioned before that I have somehow become that mom who loves the “holidays” even the most random ones! I definitely don’t want to celebrate with over priced chocolates or roses (lilies are my favorite flower anyway!). But fun things like little gifts for the kids or specially baked themed treats are always so much fun!

These cookies have many layers and require a special attention to detail but to be honest, totally worth it!

Where to Serve These Delicious Cookies

Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookies are versatile! Serve them at:

  • Valentine’s Day parties
  • School events
  • A cozy family tea time
  • As a special treat in lunchboxes
  • At your blog post photoshoots to add that lovely visual element

Storage: Keeping Your Cookies Fresh

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain their delightful texture. They’ll stay fresh and yummy for about a week.

Baking with Kids: Fun and Easy

Involve your little ones in the kitchen for a fun family baking session. Kids can help with:

  • Mixing the simple sugar cookie dough
  • Rolling the dough into balls
  • Making heart indentations (using a small spoon or their fingers)
  • Sprinkling the magic – adding those colorful Valentine sprinkles on top of the cookies

Where to bring these Valentine’s Day Cookies?

They are perfect to take for a school snack for your kids (Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year!). Or even a for a classroom party. You can make these for the household or even a special treat for your coworkers. The opportunities to show these amazing cookies off is endless!

Ingredients: Everything You Need

  • Butter (softened)
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour (sifted)
  • Salt
  • White Chocolate Almond Bark
  • Red Food Coloring Gel
  • Neon Pink Food Coloring Gel
  • Assorted Valentine’s Sprinkles (red, pink, and white)

These cookies are a new twist on an old favorite.  Thumbprint cookies have been around for years, but these Valentine cookies with red dough, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles, with white chocolate pink hearts, are the best take on them I’ve ever eaten. 

Why This Recipe Works

This Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookie recipe is a winner because:

  1. Simple Ingredients: A classic cookie with easy-to-find ingredients.
  2. Versatile and Customizable: Experiment with different colors and sprinkles for your own unique twist.
  3. Kid-Friendly: A great way to create lasting memories with children.
  4. Perfect Texture: Achieving that golden brown edge with a soft, mouth-melting texture is a breeze.
  5. Fun to Make and Eat: The process is as enjoyable as savoring them with a cup of tea.

Tips for the Perfect Cookies

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter is softened for a smooth dough.
  2. Chill the Dough: If the dough is too soft, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for a bit. This makes handling easier, especially for kids.
  3. Consistent Size: Use a small spoon to scoop the dough for uniform cookies.
  4. Keep an Eye on the Oven: Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until they are just golden brown. Every oven is different, so watch your first batch closely.
  5. Cool Properly: Let the cookies cool on a wire rack to maintain their texture.
  6. Get Creative: Use almond extract or almond flour for a nutty twist, or add your favorite jam to the center for a fruity surprise.

Not only are they pretty to look at, and will brighten up any table or buffet, they’re really delicious too!  Talk about a great surprise for your special Valentine, this is sure to please. 

Put this recipe in your favorites, because you’ll want to make this one for all the Valentine days to come!

FAQ: Your Questions Answered

Q: Can I make these cookies ahead of time? A: Absolutely! These cookies store beautifully in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Q: What if I don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter? A: No worries! You can easily shape the dough into inch balls and press with your pinky finger to create a heart shape. It adds a personal touch!

Q: Can I use different food coloring? A: Definitely! Feel free to get creative with the colors. The red and neon pink food coloring gels give that perfect Valentine’s Day vibe, but the sky’s the limit.

Q: Can I involve my kids in the baking process? A: Yes! This recipe is great for kids. They can help with mixing, rolling the dough, and of course, the fun part – adding the sprinkles!

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or trying your hand at it for the first time, these Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect sweet treat to add a little bit of love and fun to your day. Enjoy baking, decorating, and most importantly, eating these delicious cookies with your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day baking!

Here are some more amazing valentine’s day treats:

These fun and delicious thumbprint Valentine's Day cookies are a bright red color and decorated with white, red and pink sprinkles. They are perfect to take for a school snack for your kids (Valentine's Day is on a Friday this year!). Or even a for a classroom party. You can make these for the household or even a special treat for your coworkers. #valentinesday #vday #valentinecookies
Yield: 36 cookies

Valentine's Day Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These fun cookies are a bright red color for Valentine's Day and decorated with white, red and pink sprinkles.


  • 3 sticks of butter - softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour - sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 package of White Chocolate Almond Bark
  • 1 bottle of Red food coloring gel
  • 1 tube of Neon pink food coloring gel
  • Assorted Valentines Sprinkles - we used red, pink and white


  1. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, blend the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  2. Add the vanilla and blend.  
  3. In a separate bowl sift the flour and salt together, and add it to the mixing bowl with the butter mixture a little at a time until all the flour is added, and blended well. 
  4. Add the Red food coloring gel, starting with about 5 drops, and blend until the dough is all red.  If you want the dough a darker color, add another drop and blend, until the desired color is achieved. 
  5. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place them on a Parchment lined cookie sheet about an inch apart. 
  6. When the cookie sheet is full, use your thumb or knuckle, and press a 'thumbprint' into the center of the cookies, making an indentation. 
  7. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies start to turn golden brown.  When the cookies are done, remove them to a wire rack to cook completely. 
  8. When cookies are cool, melt 4 squares of the white chocolate almond bark in the microwave on 15 second intervals, until it's smooth and creamy, stirring between intervals. 
  9. When the white chocolate is melted, fill the centers of the cookies with the white chocolate.
  10. When all the centers have been filled, dip the bottoms of the cookies in the melted white chocolate, and immediately in the sprinkles.
  11. Sit the cookies on parchment paper to let the chocolate set.
  12. Melt the rest of the white chocolate in the microwave on 15 second intervals, and stir between intervals. 
  13. When the chocolate is melted, remove it from the microwave, and add 1 - 2 drops of the Neon pink gel food coloring to the white chocolate, and stir well to combine the food coloring into the chocolate. 
  14. Place the pink chocolate in a squeeze bottle with a tip, and squeeze heart shapes out on parchment paper to decorate the cookies.  (you can make the hearts large or small, or some of both) 
  15. Drizzle the remaining pink chocolate over the cookies as shown. 
  16. Let the cookies set for at least one hour before moving them or serving them, to allow the chocolate to set. 
  17. After the chocolate is set, serve, and Enjoy!
  18. Makes approximately 36 cookies


tools needed: Parchment paper

Cookie sheets


Electric mixer

Small squeeze bottle - to drizzle chocolate

NOTE:  White Chocolate Almond Bark is a great melting chocolate.  It has a better flavor than most of the melting chocolates, and is easy to work with. 

If you find that you left your chocolate in the microwave too long, and it's a little thick, don't throw it away, just add a couple of drops of heavy cream to the chocolate, and place it in the microwave for about 5 seconds, and stir well. 

Keep adding a drop or two of cream until the chocolate thins, and is easily stirred.  You'll find the White Chocolate Almond Bark on the baking isle typically in the chocolate chips section. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 30mgSodium 113mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 2g

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