2 heart cookies with one edge dipped in chocolate. One also has been dipped in red white and pink sprinkles.
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Gluten-Free Heart Cookies

Gluten-free Heart Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or any celebration of love, such as weddings, anniversaries, and engagement parties!

There’s nothing that says love like creating a gift your Valentine can safely eat! These cookies are completely gluten-free, but you’d never guess. I made them for a group of my daughter’s gluten-eating friends and they disappeared. Every. Last. Cookie.

These easy cookies start with my go-to Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies and then sprinkle in a little Valentine’s Day fun.

Birds Eye view: 3 chocolate dipped heart sugar cookies (2 with pink, white and red sprinkles) on a white plate.

Ingredients

The ingredients for the cookie base are all staples in my gluten-free kitchen. The chocolate coating, however, is not. Chocolate morsels would not last long in my house!

Instructions

In a large bowl, use a hand mixer on medium speed to cream sugar, ½ cup of the butter (the extra 1 tablespoon of butter will be used later in the chocolate coating), and shortening until fully blended.

Mix in the egg and vanilla until the mixture is smooth, like buttercream frosting.

Two beaters resting in batter that looks like thick frosting.

Add gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt. and mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed, approximately one minute. The dough will be crumbly at this stage.

Gluten-Free dough that is crumbly.

Press the dough together to form a ball, then cut it in half.

Wrap each half in plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least one hour. My large mixing bowl comes with a lid, so I just put the lid on and pop it in the fridge.

The dough can be made in advance and chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

A ball of beige gluten-free dough cut into two pieces.
Two halves.

Preheat the oven to 375℉.

Prepare the baking sheets. For easy cleanup, even baking, and no burnt cookie bottoms, cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

Work with half of the dough at a time, leaving the rest in the fridge to stay cold until you roll it. This allows the butter to stay firm, so the cookies maintain their shape during baking.

Roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick.

The dough will be slightly sticky. To prevent it from sticking, roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper. It’s so easy to roll out and then later peel the cut-out cookies off the parchment paper.

Rolling pin on top of wax paper with cookie dough underneath.

Or use a light dusting of gluten-free flour on your rolling pin and work surface. The most inexpensive gluten-free flour you own is fine for this purpose.

Use a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Gather extra dough pieces to reroll and cut out cookie hearts until all the dough is used up.

Birds Eye view: rolled out dough with heart shapes cut out and a copper cookie cutter with a handle in the center.

Place the cookie hearts about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Birds Eye view: 8 unbaked heart cookies in two rows on a silicone baking mat.

Bake the cookies at 375℉ until the edges are barely golden, approximately 7-8 minutes.

The cookies are delicate at this stage. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes.

After two minutes, use a turner spatula to carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until completely cool, approximately 12 minutes.

Chocolate Coating

While the heart cookies are cooling, place chocolate morsels and 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe container. I typically use a large mug, small cereal bowl, or small Pyrex storage container. Make sure the container is wide enough to fit the heart-shaped cookies for dipping at an angle.

Microwave the chocolate and butter for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue melting the chocolate in the microwave in additional 15-20 second increments, stirring each time.

Do not go longer than 15-20 second intervals, as melted chocolate can quickly turn from smooth to irrevocably clumpy in the microwave. The final pieces of chocolate will melt as you stir.

Pour the Valentine sprinkles into a small condiment bowl. Set up an assembly line. Undecorated cookies, chocolate dip, sprinkles, and wire rack for drying.

Dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, approximately 1 inch deep, and then immediately dip in the Valentine’s sprinkles.

You can opt to mix and match while decorating, dipping some cookies in chocolate only and some in chocolate and sprinkles. Or even use a combination of white and milk chocolate.

Place the decorated cookies on a wire rack to fully dry, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Once fully dry, they are ready to serve or gift!

Birds Eye view: four heart cookies on a wire rack. Two dipped in chocolate and 2 dipped in chocolate and sprinkles.

Gluten-free heart cookies are the perfect addition to a Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Dessert Charcuterie Board.

Birds Eye View: Gluten-Free Dessert Charcuterie Board with: donuts, muffins, sliced apples, cream cheese caramel dip, strawberries, candy heart, chocolate dip and Valentine sprinkled heart cookies, candy hearts, raspberries and chocolate hearts.

Can’t get enough chocolate-dipped goodies? Try these simple Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Then fill your day with Gluten-Free Valentine’s Candy and heart-shaped meals from Valentine’s Egg-in-a-Hole to Gluten-Free Heart-Shaped Pizza and Gluten-Free Heart-Shaped SOFT Pretzels.

2 heart cookies with one edge dipped in chocolate. One also has been dipped in red white and pink sprinkles.

Gluten-Free Heart Cookies

Gluten-Free Heart Cookies made out of soft sugar cookie cut-outs and dipped in chocolate and Valentine's sprinkles.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 38 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, german
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup Butter-flavor shortening
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Gluten-Free 1-to-1 replacement flour containing xanthan gum (King Arthur Measure for Measure recommended)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Decorations

  • 12 oz Nestle Chocolate Morsels (labeled gluten-free)
  • 1 gluten-free Valentine sprinkles (most Betty Crocker sprinkles are labeled gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat sugar, ½ cup butter, and shortening until well blended. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth.
  • Mix in gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt. The dough will be crumbly.
  • Press the dough together to form a ball. Cut the dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour (up to 2 days).
  • Preheat oven to 375℉. For easy cleanup, cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Leave half the dough in the fridge. Roll out the other half of the dough to ¼-inch thick. To prevent sticking, roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper or use flour to lightly dust your work surface.
  • Cut out cookie hearts with a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place hearts 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies at 375℉ until the edges are golden, approximately 7-8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. After two minutes, carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until completely cool, approximately 12 minutes.
  • Repeat steps 5-7 with the remaining refrigerated cookie dough.

Decorate

  • While the cookies are cooling, place chocolate morsels and 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe mug or small bowl. The container should be wide enough to fit the heart-shaped cookies for dipping. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Melt chocolate in additional 15-20 second increments, stirring each time.
  • Pour Valentine sprinkles into a small condiment bowl.
  • Dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, approximately 1 inch deep, and then immediately dip in the Valentine's sprinkles. Return to the cooling rack to dry, about 30 minutes. Optionally, mix and match, dipping some cookies in chocolate only and some in chocolate and sprinkles.
Keyword gluten-free, gluten-free holiday desserts, Valentine’s Day, wedding
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