These easy to make Sugar Cookies just got better by dipping them in chocolate! They make a great dessert and also are great as a gift for Valentine’s Day or Mother or Father’s Day!
These Easy Sugar Cookies can be whipped up and you probably have most, if not all, the ingredients already in your house. Here at my house it is cold outside today. So if I can skip a trip to the grocery store, then that makes me happy…and warm!
These cookies are a recipe I make for Valentine’s Day but can be made any time of the year. The heart shapes are great to give your special someone, kids or for anyone who loves cookies!
How to make these Easy Sugar Cookies:
This recipe requires the cookie dough to be chilled for at least an hour to overnight. Why chill the dough?
- It makes the dough easier to work with. It won’t stick to the rolling pin or working surface if chilled.
- It also gives nice edges when cutting out the dough with cookie cutters.
To make the dough, cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. The butter needs to sit out at room temperature to soften up a little. Once you can gently press down on the butter with your finger and get a slight imprint, it is soft enough to mix in with the sugar and get the dough light and fluffy.
PHOTO of Butter
No time to take the butter out to soften? If this happens, I just cut the butter into small pieces (like 1/4 -1/2″ size). It is always best to have it softened, but sometimes we just don’t have the time or we forget to take it out.
Next add in the salt, egg and vanilla. Slowly mix in the flour.
Once all the ingredients are combined, shape the dough into three separate dough balls. This will help divide the cookie dough before it is chilled. Then you will be able to take a little dough at a time to roll out and cut out with your cookie cutter.
Place the dough balls in a bowl, cover tightly and chill dough for at least an hour to overnight. Once ready to make the cookies, take the dough out and let it sit on your counter while the oven preheats to 375 degrees. It will be pretty hard from chilling so the dough might need to soften up a little.
Take out one of the ball of dough at a time to work with. Lightly flour your area that you will be using to cut out the cookies.
Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper. Using your cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as you can by leaving as little space in between each heart cut out.
Place them on the covered baking sheet, leaving about an inch between each cookie. Bake them for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool before dipping them in the chocolate.
Once they are cooled, melt the chocolate chips. I melted just over a cup of chocolate chips and that was enough for my cookies. I made about 30 cookies, but the amount you will get depends on the size of the cookie cutter you use. My cookie cutter that I used is about 3 inches. Dip one side of the cookie into the melted chocolate or spread the melted chocolate over the cookie using a knife. Whichever way works best for you. Next, cover with sprinkles. Let them sit a while so the chocolate and sprinkles can set. And there you have it, beautiful little cookies for Valentine’s Day…or any day you want to share some love! :o)
Easy Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies are easy to make and even more delicious when dipped in chocolate. They are a great dessert and make a nice gift for someone special.
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened to room temperature
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- Semi-sweet baking chocolate
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in the salt, egg and vanilla.
- Slowly add in the flour.
Form the dough into three balls. Place in a bowl, cover and chill dough at least one hour and up to one day.
Once the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Take the dough out to warm up a little while the oven preheats.
Cover baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- Lightly flour your surface for cutting out cookies.
- Take out one dough ball at a time and roll out the dough to about ¼” thickness. Cut out hearts with your cookie cutter and place them on your covered baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Let cookies cool completely before dipping in the chocolate.
Melt chocolate baking squares in microwave. Break apart the chocolate squares and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat the chocolate for 35 seconds and stir the chocolate. If it needs to melt more, heat at 15 second increments, stirring after each one until the chocolate is melted.
Dip half of the cookie in the melted chocolate or use a spoon to spread the melted chocolate over the cookie.
Cover with sprinkles right after dipping in the chocolate.
- Let them sit a little while so the chocolate and sprinkles can set.
Adapted from M&M