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Vegan Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies-With Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Heart shaped vegan valentines day shortbread cookies shown decorated with white and red sprinkles. A small childs hand is reaching for a cookie.

These Vegan Valentines Day Shortbread cookies are light, buttery and sweet. They melt in your mouth and take only minutes to prepare. Perfect for a sweet gift at school or as a family craft at home!

I really wanted to make something special this year for my family to celebrate Valentines Day. I decided to take two of my most treasured recipes and combine them to create a new delicious treat!

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The melt in your mouth shortbread was crafted this year to celebrate Christmas! It was such a huge hit, that I had to use the recipe here as the base for my Valentines Day cookie.

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The Maple Cinnamon glaze is the perfect addition to this cookie. It’s reminiscent of those sweet and spicy Valentines Day cinnamon hearts!

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What Makes My Vegan Valentines Shortbread Cookies So Good?

These vegan shortbread cookies use simple ingredients and are really easy to make! You can roll the dough and cut heart shaped cookies, or if you don’t want the fuss this dough rolls nicely into little balls you can then press with a fork, bake and decorate.

These Valentines Day Cookies are:

  1. Easy to put together-only a 5 minute prep!
  2. Use simple ingredients you most likely have on hand
  3. Can be rolled and cut into Valentines Day Heart Shaped Cookies or simply balled and pressed.
  4. An excellent Valentine’s Day Craft project for toddlers and older children-my kids had so much fun decorating!!
  5. A fun and frugal Valentines Day Gift idea-perfect for teacher gifts or school Valentines Day gift exchange!
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So, let me show you how to put it all together to make these awesome Valentine’s Day Vegan Sugar Cookies!

More Vegan Cookie Recipes

  1. Classic Vegan Melt In Your Mouth Shortbread
  2. Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies With Cinnamon and Clove

Would you rather watch? Here is the 2 minute video:

How to Make Vegan Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies:

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5 from 11 votes

Vegan Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies

These vegan heart shaped sugar cookies make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and craft! Easy to make with simple ingredients, they are the perfect Valentine’s Day kids project! Kids can decorate and then give as Valentine’s Day gifts!

Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword Valentines Day Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Megan Kerry


For the Shortbread:

  • 3/4 cup vegan butter we use Becel brand
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegan coffee creamer/plant milk I used Silk Soy Original Coffee Creamer
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp silk soy creamer or plant based milk


How to Make Vegan Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies:

  1. Set your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit

For the Vegan Shortbread:

  1. In a stand mixer or using a bowl and hand mixer combine your vegan butter and icing sugar. Whip until smooth.

  2. Add in your cream and vanilla extract and whip again to combine.

  3. Sprinkle on top your flour, cornstarch, and salt. Mix until just combined. 

  4. Roll your dough out between two silicone baking mats or parchment paper. This saves you a ton of mess, and doesn’t add any extra flour to the dough for rolling. 

  5. Keep your dough at least 1/4 inch thick.

  6. Cut heart shapes into the dough, making sure they are spaced evenly apart. 

  7. We will be removing the excess dough from AROUND the cut cookies, instead of transferring the cut shapes to another baking mat. This dough is quite soft and to avoid ruining the shapes you cut it’s easier to remove the excess. 

  8. Bake your cookies for 12-15 minutes in the pre-heated oven. The cookies do not need to “brown” to be done. 

  9. Allow them to rest for 2 minutes on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack.

  10. Allow your cookies to fully cool before moving on to the glaze.

To Make the Maple Cinnamon Glaze:

  1. Combine the icing sugar and cinnamon in a shallow, wide bowl.

  2. Add in your maple syrup, vanilla and cream/milk. stir to combine.

  3. Your glaze should be thin enough to easily coat your cookie, but not so runny that it only leave a very thin coat. experiment with the back of a spoon. If too thick, add a 1/4 tsp milk or water at a time until you reach the proper consistency. Too thick? Add in another tbsp of icing sugar until you get it right!

To Decorate the Vegan Shortbread Cookies:

  1. Once your cookies have fully cooled, go ahead and dip them one by one into the glaze. 

  2. I hold mine above the bowl for a second or two to allow excess glaze to drip back into the bowl. Once you lay them flat the glaze will smooth out nicely. 

  3. PRO TIP: Place your glazed cookies on your cooling rack with a paper towel lined baking tray beneath it. This makes for prettier cookies and fast and easy clean up!

  4. Decorate with sprinkles, dusted cinnamon, or drizzled chocolate. Work quickly as this glaze tends to set fast. If you find the sprinkles are not sticking, lightly press into the glazed cookies.

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Until next time,

Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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  1. 5 stars
    I think I might have just entered cookie heaven with these. So light and buttery tasting, but without the added things I’m trying to stay away from. Plus, I just love cookies, so anytime I can make a vegan version, I’m with it! Thanks for this recipe.

    1. Awesome! I’m so glad you like the recipe:) it’s for sure a bonus when you can make a great treat vegan! Enjoy! And thanks for checking it out!!

  2. I’m not a big sweets person, but the photos of your cookies look so tasty. My kids would love for us to make some cookies like these as a family.

    1. The cookie itself isn’t too sweet:) Yu could skip the glaze and decorate with a small amount of piped frosting instead to cut the sugar:) have fun decorating!!

  3. Oh wow, this looks delightful and tasty. My kids would probably dig this and would disappear at home in no time!

    1. Awesome! Good for you. It’s easier than most think to go vegan:) and it totally helps when the food is not an issue! I hope you enjoy these cookies!

    1. They are omnivore approved!! You will enjoy these even if you don’t follow a special diet:) lots of sugar and fat to enjoy for everyone! Lol

  4. 5 stars
    I feel like the out will be crunchy and inside will be soft! Looks so cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up!

  5. 5 stars
    These is so interesting, a healthy option for Valentines day. Wow.. ? I would definitely try this recipe for Valentines.

  6. 5 stars
    I like it when you said it’s easy to prepare in 5 minutes. That is really perfect not just for Valentines Day and Christmas but for all year round.

  7. These cookies look and sound so yummy! I try to eat a healthy lifestyle so I can easily try this recipe and not feel guilty about it!

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