Chocolate and candy hearts may be traditional for Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to sweet treats for the whole fam, we’re all about cookies. They’re easy to make and delicious to eat, plus everyone can lend a hand. So grab your partner, the kids, your roommate, your dog…you get the idea—it’s going to be a night of baking on February 14. From heart thumbprints to chocolate brownie cookies, here are the 40 best Valentine’s Day cookies to make with your family.

How to Package Valentine’s Day Cookies as Gifts

Since homemade cookies are far superior to conversation hearts, here are a few tips for packaging and gifting your treats.

  • Put together a cookie box with a variety of cookies and other treats like wrapped candies and chocolate
  • Package iced cookies in individual glassine bags or envelopes to show off your hard work
  • Attach sturdy cookies (like sugar cookies) to lollipop sticks with melted chocolate and arrange them into a bouquet
  • Showcase bite-size cookies in mason jars tied with ribbon for a festive touch

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1. Berries and Cream Cookies

These cookies have a secret. (Spoiler, it’s freeze-dried strawberries.)

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2. Raspberry Sugar Cookies

Who needs icing when your dough looks like that?!

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3. Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

You can apply this icing technique to any shape, but c’mon, the holiday calls for hearts.

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4. Big Raspberry-Rye Cookies

Looks can be deceiving, and these humble cookies pack a surprising punch in the flavor department.

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5. Tiny Coconut Cookies with Hibiscus Glaze

They taste like a tropical vacation and look like a neon Valentine’s Day dream.

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6. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

The family will be psyched when you pull the Nutella out of the pantry for these chocolate-hazelnut sandwich cookies.

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7. Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies

Nothing says “I love you” quite like heart sprinkles and red food dye.

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8. Pink and White Valentine’s Day Cookies

They’re like the classic black-and-white version, but festive and strawberry-flavored.

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9. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate

We know you have a bag of heart-shape chocolates lying around, waiting to become cookies.

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10. Valentine’s Day Heart Sugar Cookies

They definitely taste a lot better than the candy version.

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11. M&M Cheesecake Cookie Bars

If you ask us, the more layers the better. These bars have three.

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12. Easy Shortbread Cookies

Sometimes simple wins out. These buttery cookies call for just three ingredients.

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13. Heart Cookies

Chocolate and sprinkles are two of our favorite things about this holiday.

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14. Double Chocolate Chunk Raspberry-Stuffed Cookies

Psst: These cookies are each stuffed with a raspberry or two for a fruity surprise.

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15. Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies

Double the chocolate, double the love.

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16. Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting

Ooh, browned butter—aren’t you fancy? (Don’t worry, it’s so easy to make.)

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17. Soft and Fluffy Strawberry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting

Freeze-dried strawberries in the dough ensure a burst of strawberry flavor in every bite.

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18. Red Velvet Marshmallow Dream Cookies

A cookie that requires a napkin is a very good thing.

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19. Chocolate Brownie Cookies

They’re fudgy on the inside and crackly on the outside, just like your favorite brownie recipe.

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20. Sparkle Sweetheart Cookies

The pink and red sanding sugars give these cookies a crunchy texture and they look damn cute.

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21. Conversation Heart Cookies

The kids dictate, you write. Hilarity ensues.

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22. Peanut Butter Sweethearts

Peanut butter and chocolate are the ultimate symbol of love, no?

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23. Linzer Cookies

These classic sandwich cookies are equal parts elegant and delicious.

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24. Gluten-Free Flourless Cocoa Cookies

No flour equals less mess and more chocolatey flavor.

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25. Botanical Shortbread Cookies

Flowers are synonymous with Valentine’s Day, so why not add some edible florals to delicious shortbread cookies? We didn’t think you’d object.

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26. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

You won’t need a rolling pin for these heart-shaped red velvet crinkle cookies. Use a cookie cutter on the warm baked cookies right out of the oven for simple cleanup.

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27. Pink Chocolate Dipped Palmiers

You can totally use store-bought palmier cookies to make this baking project stress-free.

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28. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Did you know that boxed cake mix makes extremely fluffy cookies? Grab the pink kind for some festive Valentine’s Day bites.

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29. Ice Cream Sundae Cookies

Let everyone toss their favorite toppings into the batter to make these ice cream sundae–inspired cookies.

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30. Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies

Can't find Hershey's Raspberry Hugs to stuff inside? Original Hugs are every bit as tasty—as are Cherry Cordial Kisses.

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31. Raw Oreos

No time to bake? No problem. Have the family assemble these Oreo-inspired cookies. (Psst: They’re also plant-based.)

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32. Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

The only thing better than a Valentine’s Day cookie? Two, with ice cream in the middle.

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33. Lemon Rose Shortbread Cookies

This five-ingredient cookie is pretty basic, but you can jazz it up with dried rose petals and blood orange if your heart desires.

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34. Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretty in pink (and red).

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35. Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies

Chocolates, schmocolates. Skip the heart-shaped box and devour these little guys instead.

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36. Heart Thumbprint Cookies

This is just a variation on a traditional thumbprint cookie, but the two indentations go in opposite directions to create a heart—cue the awws.

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37. Jammy Shortbread Bars

Keep the layers on the thin side and they’ll remain stackable for gift boxes (if you don’t eat them all first).

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38. Itty-Bitty Sandwich Cookies

They’re meant to be eaten by the handful, so you might want to make a second batch.

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39. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

After the cakes cool, have the kids help you assemble all the whoopie pies. (Icing will be all over their clothes, the floor and the dog. Just go with it.)

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40. Easy Geode Cookies

The secret to these gorgeous bejeweled cookies? Rock candy.

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