Vanilla Bean Valentine’s Cookies with Chocolate Hearts

by aimee @ shugarysweets on January 17, 2013

Sweet Vanilla Bean Valentine’s Day Cookies with Dove Chocolate hearts. So much flavor in one cookie!

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Vanilla Bean Valentine's Day Cookies with #Dove chocolate hearts: delicious gems of a cookie covered in sprinkles #valentinesday

I love sprinkles. Who’s with me on this? Last year I made icebox cookies and rolled the entire log of cookie dough in sprinkles before slicing. They turned out so pretty, only the edges of the cookies had sprinkles on them.

This time, I rolled the dough into 1 inch balls and rolled THAT into sprinkles. So pretty!

Vanilla Bean Valentine's Day Cookies with #Dove chocolate hearts: delicious gems of a cookie covered in sprinkles #valentinesday @shugarysweets

Does anyone do anything fun for Valentine’s Day?

It totally changes once you have kids. What used to be a romantic holiday has now turned into this cutesy, love day filled with sprinkles and conversation hearts (instead of roses, champagne and chocolate).

But I’m taking the holiday back. All in one cookie I give everyone a little piece of what they love. Sprinkles for the kids. Dove chocolates for ME. And the heart shape for my sweet husband.

Vanilla Bean Valentine's Day Cookies with #Dove chocolate hearts: delicious gems of a cookie covered in sprinkles #valentinesday @shugarysweets

This recipe makes about 28 cookies, which leaves a few extra of those delicious Dove chocolates. I immediately hid them to snack on during the day. Totally deserved. Right?

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Vanilla Bean Valentine’s Cookies with Chocolate Hearts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 28 cookies

Gorgeous sprinkle covered vanilla bean cookies!


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 bag Dove milk chocolate hearts
  • 3/4 cup sprinkles


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and vanilla bean paste for 3 minutes. Add egg, beat until fully combined. Slowly add, salt and flour.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl. Roll your dough balls into the sprinkles, coating dough completely. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and press an unwrapped chocolate heart into each cookie, gently. Allow to cool and set.

Here are some of my other favorite desserts that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day:

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart: this tart is not only impressive to look at, but it tastes amazing!

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart from

Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate: soft, smooth fudge with dried cherries topped with a dark chocolate! Why not show your love with fudge?

Cherry Fudge with Dark chocolate from

Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookies: make these ahead of time and keep them in your freezer. When ready, bake and enjoy!

Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Cookies from

Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream: cute bite sized cookies with a delcious, sweet frosting!

Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Frosting from

Vanilla Bean Valentine's Day Cookies with #Dove chocolate hearts: delicious gems of a cookie covered in sprinkles

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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection January 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

These are so pretty! I love the sprinkles and chocolate heart to make them extra festive. And the cookie dough couldn’t be easier to make!
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Kelly January 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

They look so great! I am new to using real vanilla bean products. Can you make your paste from a regular vanilla bean?


aimee @ shugarysweets January 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Hi Kelly,
I buy my vanilla bean paste from I LOVE their products! I’ve never made my own, but I’m sure there must be a tutorial out there. You could substitute a vanilla bean, scraped.
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Liz January 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm

These are perfect for Valentine’s Day…and so pretty! :)
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

LOVE the cookies and dude, I am obsessed with those Dove chocolates! I’ll have to buy a bag for the cookies, and a bag to snack on while I make the cookies, hehe. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

They are something to be obsessed over! I love the dark chocolate hearts too!!!
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Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking January 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Great minds think alike! I just did the same thing with the Dove hearts on the blog earlier this week but with brown butter snickerdoodles. LOVE the sprinkles!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

YUM. I love Dove chocolates. And you’re right, Valentine’s is now all about the kids. What about romantic candlelight dinners???
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I guess we still have our anniversary for that…haha!!
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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 18, 2013 at 6:47 am

Your cookies are so darn cute! The sprinkles are so pretty!! I can’t wait for V-day!!!
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Erin @ Wholly Delicious Dishes January 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

Those Dove chocolates are so good! I bet they are even better on top of these cookies:)
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sally @ sallys baking addiction January 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

aimee these are so adorable! i made these last year with peanut butter cookies and just made them again last night. :) Must try a vanilla/sprinkle cookie next. These brighten up my Friday even more.
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Thanks Sally. You can even roll your peanut butter cookie in sprinkles!!


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

These are TOO CUTE! Ahhh!
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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

Super cute! I love V-Day treats!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

What fun Valentine’s Day cookies!
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Jennifer @ Mother Thyme January 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

These are adorable and the perfect little Valentine’s sweet! :)
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Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik January 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

There’s just something about sprinkles…<3 – they make me smile. These cookies are so cute, great job.
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Sprinkles brighten even a rainy day!!


Brenda January 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

These cookies caught my eye right away at Tidy Mom’s I’m Lovin’ It party!! They’re almost TOO CUTE to eat, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t resist! ;) Thanks for the awesome recipe (pinning)!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

Thank you Brenda! I’m glad you stopped on over!


Ruthie January 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

What an adorable Valentines idea!! I’d really love it if you’d come and share it at my link up my link party tomorrow…! :) xoxo~ Ruthie


Michelle@yagottahaveahobby January 19, 2013 at 1:30 am

I’m a sucker for anything with sprinkles–these look delicious!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

thanks Michelle! Sprinkles make everything a little more cheerful!


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking January 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

my daughter is crazy about sprinkles, she goes bananas when we make sprinkle cookies. I know we’ll have ton of fun making these together.
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Leigh Anne @Yourhomebasedmom January 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

These look pretty and delicious! The perfect Valentine treat.
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jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur January 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

These cookies are so adorable! I was actually looking at ideas for valentine’s day earlier today and came across some really cute ideas, but couldn’t pick any one in particular that I wanted to make! These look like a perfect valentine’s day treat.
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

Glad you stopped by Jodye and found these!! ENJOY!


Rachel @ January 20, 2013 at 4:21 am

These are so pretty! I’ve had some dove chocolates for Valentine’s that I have had for a few weeks and I may just have to make these!!!
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Herbivore Triathlete January 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

How cute are these? My kids would go totally nuts if I made these for them for Valentine’s day. I love the idea of rolling the cookie log and/or the cookie balls in sprinkles. Who doesn’t love sprinkles? Sprinkles make everything more cheery!
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Maria January 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

What adorable cookies!!!! They look so cute, and so perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!! Love all the sprinkles!!!!
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Paula January 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

The vanilla bean w/chocolate hearts are really cute. All the treats listed here look lovely and I’m loving how pretty that fudge is!


Pamela January 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Oh my word I wont one right now! I will be making these, I know they wont look as good as yours but I will try! Thanks for sharing!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Oh stop it Pamela, you are a fantastic baker, I have complete faith in your abilities!!!


Nancy Pfeifer January 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

WOW! Yummy! Dove is my favorite chocolate. I hope you stop by to link-
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I love this recipe! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my blog today:)



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