Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies

Classic homemade sugar cookies with a fun marbled twist for Valentine’s Day. A festive treat for the entire family!

Marbled Valentine sugar cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Something I never considered before having kids was the major increase in germs I’d be exposed to. Once they go to daycare or school, you’re not safe. There’s no avoiding the germs. There is a commercial I’ve seen that depicts things pretty accurately. What they touch, comes home with them. And no matter how much teachers may sanitize or encourage hand washing, sickness is inevitable. Thankfully we got through this last bout of sickness quickly. A 24 hour stomach bug that only hit one kiddo. It was a true miracle no one else go sick. But chances are good he got the bug at school…which means there’s still a chance it could come home again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed tightly it stays far far away. And wishing again Spring gets here sooner than later.

I’m not really sure why…I’ve never looked into the details of it all, but come springtime, everyone always seems to get healthier again. Maybe it’s the fresh air and ability to run around outside more often…not stuck inside with stuffy and sometimes germ-y air.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to cracking the windows open. I wanted to so badly when he came home from school sick the other day, but knew better. The first 50 degree day when I don’t have sick kids at home, I’m cracking the windows wide open to air this place out. I’ll love it. And I know the cats will too. So it’s a big bonus.

Marbled Valentine sugar cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

2/3 of my kids have their Valentine’s already addressed and ready to go… as of a week ago. They’re just a wee bit excited. Ahh to be a kid again… the excitement over random holidays and class parties. Giving out cute hand written notes and fun treats. It seems forever ago I was doing that very same thing. I wish that childhood joy for holidays would always continue, but my practical side kicked in at some point. Boring, I know. It happens to the best of us.

I fully believe there are different groups people can fall into when talking about Valentine’s day. You either full blown love it or aren’t that into it. In my eyes, this one is definitely a “Hallmark holiday.” The prices for everything are majorly jacked up. The flowers… the candy… the dinners…the babysitters. It’s totally unnecessary.

I do believe it’s the perfect opportunity to make a fun family dinner or festive treats together. I’m absolutely team homemade. And baking makes me happy.

Marbled Valentine sugar cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

These cookies made me happy. I’d been dreaming about making them for a while, so when the time finally came to create them… I had so much fun. I felt like a kid again. Cookie dough does that to me. It’s like adult Play-Doh, but this is acceptable to eat, which makes it so much better.

I used my absolute favorite homemade sugar cookie dough recipe for these fun Valentine cookies. The bright pink color, marbled in with the regular dough makes for a super fun and festive affect.

Classic homemade sugar cookies with a fun marbled twist for Valentine’s Day! A festive treat, perfect for the entire family! Whip these cookies up for your Valentine celebrations!

Marbled Valentine sugar cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: roughly 2 dozen

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, plus

Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies

Classic homemade sugar cookies with a fun marbled twist for Valentine's Day. A festive treat for the entire family!


  • 1/2C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2C all purpose flour
  • Gel food coloring


  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by salt and baking powder. Scrape the bowl as needed. Gradually mix in flour, increasing speed as needed until dough is fully combined and no streaks remain. 
  2. Divide dough in half, transferring half to a clean bowl, set aside. Add a small amount of dark pink gel food color to the remaining dough. Beat until fully tinted and no streaks remain. 
  3. Pinch off golfball sized portions of dough, rolling into balls. Create a pattern of alternate colored balls of dough on your work station. Gently, knead all dough together until swirls of color are visible. Do not over mix. 
  4. Shape into a disc and wrap in plastic. Chill for 30-60 minutes. 
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  6. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Cut out desired shapes. Space 2-inches apart prepared baking sheet. Freeze cookies for 15 minutes. Press together remaining dough and scraps, rewrapping in plastic and keeping chilled until ready to roll and cut again. 
  7. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week. 

*The amount of cookies made will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter used and thickness of the dough.

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22 Responses to “Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

    It is just like playdoh! I love that! Nothing better than some delicious homemade sugar cookies! Love the ways these look :)

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:57 am

      Thanks so much Taylor!

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    Catherine — January 29, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Dear Rachel, what a fun and festive cookie for Valentine’s Day..these look so pretty! xo, Catherine

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:57 am

      Thanks Catherine!

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life — January 29, 2016 at 7:13 am

    These are so festive.! My kids are older, but maybe I’ll surprise them with these. I’m not much of a baker, so I think they might go into shock…I’m more of a bar cookie mom. But these are just so fun!

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:57 am

      They’d love them! And thanks Michelle!

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    Sammie — January 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Firstly these cookies are absolutely gorgeous and yes, to me Valentine’s Day is showing the people I love, just how much I love them. Cooking heart shaped cookies is one of those ways. We stay in, eat a family meal and enjoy each other’s company. I want Valentine’s Day to me inclusive, so friends will be given cookies as well. Secondly I totally get what you mean about germs. Our eldest started college in September and a whole new bunch of germs have come home with her. I’m looking forward to baking these cookies and cheering everyone, who is feeling unwell at the mo, up! Sammie.

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Sammie. I hope your kids love them! Stay healthy :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 29, 2016 at 10:48 am

    OMG. I am obsessing over this!!! They’re gorgeous and perfectly marbled!! Ahh, in love!!

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      Thanks Julie! :)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — January 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

    These are the perfect Valentine’s Day cookies! I was just starting to think about what cookies to mail to my niece and nephew in a couple weeks and these ones will be perfect! I’m so excited to make them!

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Danae! I bet he’d love them!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — January 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    so pretty!!

    And I’ve sorta been sick all winter. I can’t handle the daycare germs!!!!!!!

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      It’s the absolute worst! We need to escape to paradise to get healthy.

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    Megan Keno — January 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I love the marble on these, so adorable! I would love to make these and maybe add a little cream cheese frosting piping around the edges!

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Megan!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 31, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    LOVE these pretty cookies! Perfect for V Day!

    • Rachel — February 1st, 2016 @ 8:39 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

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    Marie — April 4, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Hi, could the raw cookie dough be frozen and baked a few weeks later? Thanks

    • Rachel — April 5th, 2016 @ 8:29 am

      I imagine it would freeze just fine. Enjoy! :)

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    nicola — January 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Hi there…beautiful cookies, thanks for sharing! I am curious how important it is to freeze the cookies prior to baking? Also, is it possible to re-roll dough immediately without refrigerating first?

    • Rachel — January 13th, 2017 @ 7:05 am

      Freezing the dough prior to baking will help hold their shape and prevent spreading. Whether or not you’ll be able to re-roll the dough immediately will depend on how soft it is. You don’t want to work with super soft room temperature dough. It needs to be firmer for best results. Good luck!

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