These sweet, buttery little heart cookies are a snap to make and can be enjoyed by everyone! Dairy free, egg free, nut free, and they can be gluten free, too!
I love baking for the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, or Valentine’s Day, I love to bake seasonal treats for my friends and family.
A few days ago, I talked about the frustration of trying to find Valentine’s Day treats that fit your dietary needs, whether you are gluten free, nut free, or vegan. (Or all three!)
There is a solution…make your own treats. But it doesn’t have to be difficult! Using a cookie press creates sweet little hearts without a lot of effort.
I loved fancy heart cookies when I was little. Cute little sugar cookies with fancy frosting or lots of sprinkles were my favorite at Valentine’s Day. Last year I shared a recipe for glazed and sprinkled heart shaped cookies, and they were a big hit! So many of you tried them and liked them, so I decided another Valentine’s Day cookie was in order.
For a while now I’ve wanted to make butter spritz cookies using a cookie press. I hadn’t used a cookie press before, but when I found a brand new cookie press at the thrift store for just $3, I decided that was the sign I needed to make some spritz cookies ASAP!
I wasn’t sure how to use a cookie press…I didn’t know if it would be easy to use, but it really was quite simple. The one that I bought was from Pampered Chef, and I found it easy to use after I read the instructions. One thing that’s important is to always press the cookies onto a cool surface. It doesn’t work to press them onto a warm cookie sheet.
This dough is very easy to make, and doesn’t require any chilling. It needs to be soft so that it can move through the press easily. If you aren’t vegan, of course you can make these using regular butter.
- 1½ cups vegan buttery spread
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3½ cups white spelt flour (all-purpose flour works, or a gluten free blend)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon allergy friendly red food coloring (or use beet puree)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the vegan buttery spread, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until fluffy. Add the applesauce and mix until combined.
- With the mixer running, add the flour and salt a little at a time and mix on low speed until smooth. Add the food coloring and mix until the color is even. If you would like a darker pink, add more color as desired.
- Load the cookie press according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Press the cookies onto the prepared cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Repeat with remaining dough.
I think you guys will love these! They are just too cute for kids and adults alike!
Have you used a cookie press before? What treats do you like to make for Valentine’s Day?