Heart Shaped Christmas Tree / Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cookies

[chocolate cookies dough recipe adapted from Nicole at Baking Bites]

heart shaped Christmas tree cookies


  • ¾ bar (170 g) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • designer icing and ribbons for decorating

spotty heart shaped cookies


  1. In a large bowl combine butter and sugar and cream until fluffy.
  2. Then add egg, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and gradually flour, mixing dough all the time with hand mixer or a spoon.
  3. Create ball from the dough and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F).
  5. Take part of the dough our of the fridge and roll it out on lightly floured surface to about ½ cm thick.
  6. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on baking trays lined with Teflon sheet or baking paper. Repeat the same with the rest of the dough. If it is too soft make ball from it again and place in the fridge for a while.
  7. Bake cookies for about 10 – 12 minutes. Let them cool down before decorating with icing.
  8. To make Christmas tree cookies cut out wholes, before baking cookies, so you can put ribbon through it.

Makes about 30 cookies.

heart shaped Valentine cookies


After applying icing, leave them to dry for 24 hours before decorating with ribbons.
If you are planning to eat cookies shortly after baking you can also melt white chocolate to decorate cookies, instead of using icing.

handmade cookie gift box

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(Non-edible) DIY Christmas gifts.

Your thoughts…

  1. What’s nice recipe !! I see you are in Cristmas now!!! Is my favorite times of the year!!!!! xxxxxxx Gloria

  2. I have one quick question….How did u make those dots on the biscuits…I figure its the icing …Can u plz give the recipe…? Thanks in advance :-)

  3. Hello,

    Thank you for your comments.

    Dots are made with designer icing (in the tube with different ends). Just squeeze out a little bit of icing making dots on the cookie and after few seconds flatten them with tip of your finger :)

    Here is the link to icing I was using – Super Cook designer icing.

  4. they look so pretty , kicks me right into festive mood :)

  5. Hi Margot…..
    Thank u so much for ur prompt reply and for providing the link for designer icing….That was very very helpful dear……Thanks so much again :-))))

  6. Wow they are just beautiful.
    Too beautiful for eating. I will feel bad if i eat them. They are so goergous looking

  7. The perfect gift!

  8. Great presentation!

  9. Margot what is caster sugar? Is that like our powder sugar or granulated???

  10. Thank you for all your comments.
    Cass – caster sugar is very fine sugar, I found out it is sold as “superfine” sugar in the United States. It is usually yellowish in colour.
    Here is link to the one I use the most often:
    Silver Spoon caster sugar

  11. Μaria-Greece says:

    Margot your idea inspired me to make gingerbread cookies and donate them to the Godfather of my children for Christmas!
    Thank you very much.

  12. dan marino says:

    This is great! I can make these cookies for my office-mates on christmas. I’ll make aritficial christmas tree shaped cookies and ginderbread would be nice also. It’s kinda a tradition for us to give something to everyone in the office. :)

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