Desserts Recipes

Jam Valentine Cookies

It’s a time for love and hearts. What better way to celebrate with loved ones than with Jam Valentine Cookies. My mom found this Valentine Cookie recipe in an old Martha Stewart Living magazine and I decided to give it a try. They are a jam cookie that takes a little bit of effort, but I think they’re so cute and yummy!

I know my kiddos would feel like the coolest kids in school if I whipped these up for them to take to their school parties. Use cherry jam, strawberry, or even add in a touch of apple jelly. YUM! 



Jam Valentine Cookies
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (I usually have salted butter on hand, so I just omit the salt)
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  8. 1/2 cup white sanding sugar, or use a little food coloring to dye it pink or red (optional). I put granulated sugar in my Cuisinart, to make it more fine.
  9. Jam - I used raspberry and apple
  1. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  3. On low speed, gradually add flour, baking soda and salt, alternating with buttermilk, until combined.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic; chill until firm. You can do this 1 hour or overnight.
  5. Heat oven to 350° with two racks centered.
  6. On lightly floured surface, roll chilled dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut out hearts using any 1- to 3 1/2-inch heart cookie cutters. If desired, cut centers out of some hearts, which is what you will need to do for the jam to show.
  7. Transfer cookies to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, using a spatula.
  8. If you have time, Chill for 30 minutes on cookie sheets. I was short on time so I left out this step and just cooked the cookies less time, and it worked out fine.
  9. Sprinkle cut cookies with sanding sugar, if using.
  10. Bake until just golden but not too brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack.
  11. *To make sandwich hearts: Brush bottom heart lightly with jam; cover with a second heart with center cut out; jam will adhere hearts. Fill cut-out area with more jam if necessary.
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