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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since it’s one of my favorite holidays, I wanted to put a special spin on some classic cookies! With that in mind – I present to you: Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe Butter Cookies!

These sweet treats will impress your significant other, friends, or family alike. The flavor will send them into a crunchy and gooey heaven. And for some fun, they can enjoy a fun game of tic tac toe while snacking on these buttery cookies.

This blog post will help all my lovestruck bakers to whip up a last-minute sweet gift for their celebrations.

Why We Love Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe Butter Cookies?

These gorgeous valentine’s sugar cookies are perfect for your holiday celebration.

Filled with buttery flavors throughout every bite and finished off with festive pink sugar sprinkles, they’re guaranteed to make someone smile.

The best thing about these fun treats is that you don’t need any special tools or ingredients. Everything you need can be found in your pantry, from cookie cutters and a rolling pin to parchment paper and a wire rack.

Plus, I enjoy making these cookies because the recipe is simple, so even a novice baker can make them, and they come out perfect every time.

The Ingredients for Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe Butter Cookies

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe Butter Cookies.

For the Cookie

Unsalted Butter: Butter brings out the best flavors and provides that beautiful golden color. You can always substitute butter with vegetable oil if you’d like. Make sure you pick unsalted butter to keep the flavor balanced.

Granulated Sugar: To bring out that caramelized sweetness, you’ll need 1/3 cup of granulated sugar. It helps to thicken the cookie dough and creates a delicious, crumbly texture.

Vanilla Extract: The aromatic vanilla extract adds a special touch to our cookies. Just half a tablespoon is enough to make them taste like heaven.

Egg Yolk: The egg helps to bind the dough together. But for these cookies, one egg yolk is all you need. It will bring a subtle richness of flavor and keep the cookie chewy.

All-Purpose Flour: It provides structure to our cookie and gives it a nice crunch. About 1 cup should do the trick. But if you feel your dough is too soft, feel free to add another half cup.

For the Icing

Egg White: Use the leftover egg white to make the icing. It helps to make the icing thick and glossy.

Powdered Sugar: For sweet-tasting icing, you’ll need powdered sugar. It helps enhance the flavor of the egg white.

Food Coloring: What’s Valentine’s Day without some red and pink? Use food coloring to give your icing a nice, festive hue.

People Also Ask

How Many Boards Will This Recipe Make?

This recipe will make enough dough for one board. So, if you want to make more, simply double the ingredients, and you’ll get enough dough for two boards.

Can I Use Milk Instead of Vanilla Extract?

Yes, you can always opt for a different type of liquid instead of vanilla extract. Almond milk or vanilla-flavored soy milk would be a great substitute.

How Do I Store my Cookies?

To ensure your cookies stay fresh and crunchy, store them in an airtight jar in a cool and dry place. They will stay good for up to 7 days.

Can I Use Other Shapes for My Cookies?

Of course! Feel free to change up your shapes. Hearts, stars, and flowers would also be great for this recipe.

How to Bake Perfect Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe Butter Cookies?

Start by preparing your dough. Mix the butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract, and flour in a small bowl until you get a nice, consistent dough. Add more flour to the mix if the dough feels sticky, and chill it for about 30 minutes in the fridge.

Once your dough is chilled and ready, you can start rolling them out onto the parchment paper. Make sure to use a rolling pin and flour to prevent sticking.

Then comes the fun part. Pull out your heart and circle-shaped cookie cutters and go to town making your Valentine’s Day tic tac toe board.

Finally, after your cookies are cut and placed on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet, bake them in the preheated oven at 350 Fahrenheit for about 8 to 10 minutes.

For the royal icing, using a mixer again beat the egg white for 30 seconds and start adding sugar
gradually until you reach the desired consistency. At last, add some drops of lemon juice.
Mix the royal icing with red coloring, and prepare the frosting.
Decorate the cookies using royal icing.

Valentine’s tic tac toe butter cookies

This Valentine's tic tac toe board is a fun and tasty buttery cookie that is perfect to give as a gift for Valentine's day.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour *if dough is too soft you may need a little more

Royal icing

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup sugar
  • lemon juice
  • red food coloring


  • Using a hand mixer, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together.
  • Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Keep beating for a few minutes.
  • Stir in the flour, then use your hands to knead the dough. Roll into a ball and cover with plastic wrap then chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Roll out the dough using a rolling pin, use parchment paper on both sides of the dough. Place the rolled dough in the fridge to chill for up to one hour.
    Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Once the dough is chilled use small heart and circle cookie cutters for your tic tac toe pieces, then make your square board with the remaining dough. *Note- this recipe will make one tic tac toe board.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are golden on the top.
  • For the royal icing, using a mixer, beat the egg white for 30 seconds and start adding sugar gradually until you reach the desired consistency. Then add some drops of lemon juice.
  • Mix the royal icing with red coloring, and prepare the frosting. You will want to leave some icing white, make some of it pink and some red, depending on how you want to decorate the cookie pieces.


This recipe makes one tic tac toe board and pieces, if you want to make more than one board then adjust the recipe based on how many boards you want to make.

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