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Easy Valentine Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
48 mins
These buttery cookies are melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. They're also easy and a fun activity for kids.
Course: Dessert/Cookies
Keyword: Easy Valentine Shortbread Cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 96 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup red pink and white nonpareil (sprinkles)
  • 1 10- ounce bag Hershey's Hugs
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour sprinkles into a shallow bowl. Unwrap Hershey's Hugs and set aside.

  2. Combine butter, sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.

  3. Add flour; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  4. Shape dough into small 1-inch balls (I use a small ice cream scoop).
  5. Roll balls of dough in sprinkles, patting sprinkles gently onto any areas where sprinkles have not adhered. You want to have the little balls pretty much completely covered with sprinkles.
  6. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 14-18 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

  7. Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two then quickly place a Hershey's Hug in the center of each cookie, barely pressing down (about ¼ inch or less!) into the cookie. Don't be tempted to press the kiss too deeply into the cookies as they will crack at the edges. If you do have any cracking, gently push the crack back together while the cookies are still warm. To keep the kisses from melting, transfer cookies to a plate or small cutting board and refrigerate for 20 minutes. If you don't refrigerate them, the kisses will take quite a while to firm up. Be careful when you move them so the kisses don't collapse or distort in shape from the movement.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Land O'Lakes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Valentine Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.