Valentines Day Cookies with Buttercream Frosting


Nothing says Valentines Day quite like heart shaped cookies.

If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at decorating cookies, Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity, because the shapes and colors are simple.

Valentine Cookies with Crusting Buttercream

Last year I made chocolate cut out cookies, this year I stuck with my favorite butter cookie recipe, but instead of decorating with royal icing or glaze, I wanted to try something  a little different………cue the buttercream baby!

That’s right buttercream on cookies!  I tried a recipe for quick crusting buttercream but had to adapt it a little to be able to squeeze it thru a piping bag.

I found some cute Valentine cookie cutter sets at both Dollar General and Target’s Dollar Spot.  {I’m no cookie cutter snob  4- 6 cutters for $2.50 sweet!}  But I did also buy a nice set of graduating scalloped squares from Sweet Baking Supply, that I’ve been waning for some time.

Valentine Cookies

I thought the little X’s and O’s would be cute in miniature “bite size”.  So I used the smallest scalloped square in my set, I also had a small heart, but no circle…….when I discovered that one of my jumbo pastry tips would be the perfect size and it could double as a “cookie cutter”

pastry tip doubles as cookie cutterPerfect! but I should tell you, a round tip would have been smarter, and less painful, than my french tip.

These sweet cookies would be great to give or share with someone you love!

Butter Cookie Recipe

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Quick Crusting Buttercream Frosting

Quick Crusting Buttercream Frosting

Butter Cookie Recipe


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want a pure white icing)
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream (approximately)
  • gel food coloring (optional)


  1. Beat water and meringue powder until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add shortening, sugar, and extracts and whip for 3 minutes.
  3. Add milk or cream to thin
  4. Store well covered.


Decorate cookies and leave to “dry” for 24 hours. You can then stack and store in air tight container.

(adapted from Karen’s Cakes)

meringue powder

Bakers Notes:

I would still like to play with this recipe, it was WAY to thick to pipe, so I added a little cream and milk, but I think you could start off by increasing the water, then add a little milk if still needed.  You want the icing to be pretty thick, not runny or ” flood” like.

Everyone in our house has enjoyed these as much as the royal icing!


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51 Responses to “Valentines Day Cookies with Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Lynn Brown posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing an alternative to traditional sugar cookies and royal icing!!! Will have to try sometime!!! Love the X’s and O’s!

  2. Ani posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm (#)

    That’s great! Thanks so much for sharing. I love cookies and am continually looking for new recipes to try. Looking forward to trying it!

  3. Kristina posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm (#)

    These are adorable Cheryl! I love them!

  4. Amy @ Living Locurto posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm (#)

    So cute!!!

  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite posted on February 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm (#)

    Yum! There’s nothing I love more than a good old fashioned butter cookie with buttercream frosting :)

  6. sweetsugarbelle posted on February 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm (#)

    Love. I get lots of requests for buttercream but I just don’t know anything about it. And Hehehe, I did the smart thing with the same tip…it never occurred to me jot to use the pointy one, lol. These are great!

  7. jennifer posted on February 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm (#)

    is there an alternative to the meringe powder? If not where can I find it?

    • TidyMom replied on February 10th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      the meringue powder is what makes it “crust” or get a little hard, so you can stack them.

      you can but it on Amazon, most craft supply stores, even WalMart, or a baking supply store

  8. Laurie posted on February 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm (#)

    I use Buttercream all the time to frost my cookies. These are so cute too!! Great job.

  9. Sue posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm (#)

    Your cookies look fantastic! I am definitely going to try that buttercream frosting! Thanks!

  10. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm (#)

    Yummy! These turned out really cute. I always use buttercream frosting on my cutout sugar cookies. :) I use the recipe in my BHG cookbook.

  11. Paula posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm (#)

    These are all so sweet and I must say, you have a ton of patience to decorate so many tiny cookies!

  12. MaryMoh posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm (#)

    Wow…these are so beautiful. I’m sure it is so fun to make, especially play with the icing. Perfect as a gift.

  13. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm (#)

    I’m going to have to give these a try….that buttercream sounds wonderful! I love your cookie assortment!

    And too funny about the star tip! 😉

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm (#)

    What a nice idea to frost the cookies with buttercream, they look great! I’m bookmarking this for the next time I make cut-out cookies.

  15. Mandy posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm (#)

    Oh YUM – what more can I say …..

  16. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on February 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm (#)

    Love these! Though I do love to decorate with royal, I definitely prefer the taste of buttercream! Yum :)

  17. Tracy posted on February 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm (#)

    I am just loving these! The first time I decorated cookies was for one of the Daring Baker challenges last year…I really need to make them again!!

  18. angie {the arthur clan} posted on February 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness Cheryl, you are killing my diet here! My tummy is growling and it will only be satisfied with cookies apparently. 😉 Yum!!

  19. Diane {} posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm (#)

    really pretty, just perfect for Valentine’s day. Lots of hugs and kisses!

  20. michelle posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm (#)

    wow they are tiny cookies! couldn’t tell from the pic at first! i <3 anything tiny :)

  21. Jennifer (Savor) posted on February 11, 2011 at 8:48 am (#)

    Cheryl, these are so darn cute! I must ask: what do you do with so many treats? Are your neighbors the happiest people in the world?

  22. Kellie posted on February 11, 2011 at 8:56 am (#)

    Those look fabulous! I believe I will get messy with my daughter and try them out!


    Kellie from Women’s Life Link

  23. marla posted on February 11, 2011 at 11:59 am (#)

    You had sooooo much fun with these cookies!! Love your passion, drive and happiness, always :) xo

  24. Kristen posted on February 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm (#)

    So sweet, and I love how you used the back of a tip to cut out the cookies. Brilliant!

  25. Erin @ Making Memories posted on February 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm (#)

    Your cookies look amazing! So yummy!

  26. Dana posted on February 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm (#)

    I love this idea because I am still intimidated by royal icing. :) This I think I could get away with! They are SO cute!!!

  27. Christine @ Pure Joy Events posted on February 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm (#)

    Visiting from Tatertots & Jello. Using pastry tips as cookie cutters — how clever. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Cookin' Canuck posted on February 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm (#)

    These are so darn cute! You did a great job on these cookies.

  29. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies posted on February 13, 2011 at 11:52 am (#)

    These are freaking adorable, Cheryl! I LOL’d about you using the pointed tip. I totally would have done the same thing.

  30. Amanda posted on January 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#)

    Sweet! This are so cute Cheryl!

  31. Ashley Davidson posted on December 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#)

    Hi Cheryl!

    I used this frosting on your cake mix cookies ( and they turned out so great! I did a peppermint extract variety with pink tinting on chocolate cookies and a plain/white vanilla on vanilla cookies. I had never tried to beat meringue powder and water before and I never got “stiff peaks” (I was using a hand mixer — could that be why?), so I just incorporated the other ingredients as soon as the meringue was substantial. The recipe made enough frosting to conservatively spread on over 110 cookies.

    Once I got it on the cookies, it started crusting pretty quickly (so make sure you add sprinkles, etc. right away)! I still left them out overnight and then packaged cookies in containers. I also want to point out that the frosting held together and resisted crusting in airtight containers for at least a week (I had so much left over and was able to use them on the next week’s batch of cookies)! Thanks again for a great-tasting, easy recipe!

  32. Winnie posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm (#)

    I was wondering whether the icing would still crust as well if I use butter instead of shortening. Thanks.

  33. Tryna posted on February 9, 2016 at 10:42 am (#)

    Can u use the quick drying butter cream by thinning it to “flood” the cookie?


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