Homemade slice and bake cookies are now a holiday staple in our home – they taste way better than store-bought and are surprisingly easy to make! Read below to find out how to make our Heart Slice and Bake Cookies for Valentine’s Day (or just because).
Homemade Slice & Bake Cookie Recipe
My daughter loves slice and bake cookies – every time a new movie or holiday version comes out, she gets so pumped and begs for me to let her buy a package.
I do usually give in, but the initial excitement quickly turns into something resembling buyer’s remorse once we remove them from the oven because those cookies always taste awful.
Last Halloween, I thought I’d try making our own slice and bake cookies with homemade cookie dough – and there’s been no looking back! This basic cookie dough is super easy to customize with flavoring, color, and your choice of shapes so you can make your own tasty, slice and bake cookies whenever the occasion calls for something fun.
How to Make Slice and Bake Cookies with Kids
Kids can either help with making and forming the dough, or you can have this ready to go for them so they can simply slice and bake. It would also be great for a holiday play date when the kids may want to “bake” but you don’t want a giant kitchen mess to clean up.
Can this cookie dough be frozen?
The unbaked dough or the baked cookies can be frozen for up to a month. Some people may say that the cookie dough can be frozen for up to three months, but you will see a quality loss around the 2 month mark.
Ingredients for Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Tip: I also like adding different extracts, like almond extract or butter flavor to switch up the taste of these sugar cookies.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Cookie sheets
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make Slice and Bake Cookies
Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat to incorporate, about 2 minutes.
In a small separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the sugar-butter mixture, combine, and then add the remaining half.
Knead the cookie dough a couple of times, and then gather into two large balls.
Place a large rectangle of parchment or wax paper on your counter.
Place half of the dough in the center of the parchment paper, and then roll into a log, using the paper to cover completely.
Press one side of the dough log down on the counter, and then repeat with the opposite side to form a point – the bottom of your heart.
Use a chopstick or dowel to form an indent at the top of the heart.
Place the dough in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350ºF
Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Unwrap the cookie dough and use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 1/2″ slices.
Place the sliced heart cookies on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 8-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown at the edges.
Let cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheets before removing to a cooling rack.
Decorate as desired.
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These slice and bake heart cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime that hearts would be appropriate (when are they not?) Swap out the color, flavoring and shape whenever you want something a bit different.