It’s almost that time of year again for a special day to celebrate the ones you love! I’ve never really been big on Valentines Day to be honest, but these days I enjoy celebrating it in our own special way as a family. For us that means baking and arts and crafts. This year we’re going to make cinnamon heart valentines candy cookies. I developed this recipe last year but didn’t have a chance to post it, but since we enjoyed making this unique valentines cookie so much I’m posting it this year.
Last year I posted about these cookies on my stories wondering if this was something that you would try.
The results were mixed; everything from people that were super pumped to people that were grossed out, haha! I promise you, there’s no reason to be grossed out – they are weirdly delicious and I’m here for it. If you don’t like cinnamon hearts, you probably won’t enjoy them, but if you do these will surprise you in a good way.
Unlike most of my soft and chewy cookie recipes, these cookies are a little crispy on the edges with kind of a chewy center. They are slightly sweet (I dial down the sugar in these quite a bit) and slighty spicy. One of the reasons these are a little crispy, is because of the hard crunch of the cinnamon hearts. The last thing I want is for you to bite into this lusciously soft cookie and then break your tooth on a hard cinnamon heart. The texture is kind of crispy crunchy chewy throughout, candies included.
Make your Valentines candy cookies heart shaped
They make a great valentines gift for the cinnamon heart lovers in your life and are made that much sweeter if you make them heart shaped.
If you want to do this:
- put the dough in the fridge for about 30 min.
- then use a large cookie scoop, spoon the dough out onto your lined cookie sheet, press down with the palm of your hand first to flatten.
- press the cutter into the dough and remove the excess dough around it. Lift the cutter up leaving the heart shaped dough on your sheet.
- Repeat steps for each cookie.
What you’ll need for these cinnamon heart cookies
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- all purpose flour
- bakig soda
- cinnamon hearts
Bulk Barn is a great place to grab your cinnamon hearts from.
An early Happy Valentines, from me.
Now, lets get started and make some cookies!
Cinnamon Heart Valentines Candy Cookies
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter softened to room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 11/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅓ cup cinnamon hearts candy roughly crushed (see post or notes for details)
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or reusable silicone liner)2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream butter on medium speed until smooth, scraping down the sides when necessary. Add in the granulated sugar and the brown sugar and mix on highs speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix on medium until just combined (don't over mix).3. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt). Pour into wet ingredients and mix on medium a little bit at a time until fully combined. Then fold in cinnamon hearts.4. Using a small cookie scoop, spoon about 1 tbsp of dough onto the cookie sheet and press down lightly with your fingers. Leave 11/2 inches between cookies to allow them to spread.5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, just until the edge is starting to crisp. Remove the cookies from the oven they will continue to cook on the tray a little. After 5 minutes remove and allow to finish cooling on a cooling rack. Once cool, enjoy. Cookies will say good in an airtight container for up to a week.
Add all the crushed candy in, dust and all.
These cookies are such a fun way to celebrate Valentines with family and friends.
Grab a few cute little bags from the dollar store and package them up with a handmade card for school or daycare friends.
If you make these cookies, I’d love to hear what you think of them. Comment below or take a picture and post it on Instagram and tag me @mysweetmess.
If you’re looking for other Valentines recipes, try our caramel and cinnamon heart popcorn.
If you’re looking for more cookie recipes, here’s a few of my favourites:
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Till the next recipe,