Baking up some Valentine’s Day love with a McCormick giveaway

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When it comes to cooking with with my kids, I like to keep it simple even though they’re old enough to cut up vegetables and measuring out ingredients. Sometimes it’s more about having fun than sharpening our culinary skills. That’s why this Valentine’s Day cookie recipe from McCormick is perfect. All you need is a package of your favorite sugar cookie mix, some McCormick® Red Food Color, a rolling pin and a few heart shaped cookie cutters. And don’t forget to include your imagination and a good dose of fun and giggles!

Tender Heart Cookies

Makes 3 dozen or 18 (2 cookie) servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 to 10 minutes per batch


  • 1 package (17 1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 20 drops McCormick® Red Food Color


  1. Prepare sugar cookie mix as directed on package. Add red food color to the dough; stir until color is evenly distributed.
  2. Roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Bake as directed on package.

Test kitchen tip:

More Valentine’s Day baking from McCormick:

Win a McCormick Valentine’s Day baking kit!

Mom Central and McCormick are teaming up to giveaway one Valentine’s Day heart-themed baking kit.

The baking kit (approximate retail value $60) contains:

  • “I Heart You” McCormick Apron
  • Valentine’s Cookie Cutters
  • Valentine’s Dish Towels
  • Valentine’s Spatula
  • Sweetheart Candies
  • Valentine’s Cupcake Papers
  • Valentine’s Sprinkles
  • McCormick Red Food Color
  • McCormick Vanilla Extract

This giveaway is now closed.

Disclosure: Mom Central received Valentine’s Day Baking Kits courtesy of McCormick to facilitate this review and giveaway.

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Anne-Marie Nichols
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Comments (150)

  1. nicole says:

    I love getting chocolate covered strawberries from my husband every year.

  2. Renee C. says:

    I love Valentine’s Day, it occurs one week from the date I met my husband…it brings back fond memories of Valentine’s past…and it’s an opportunity to spend time with my husband alone without the kids. It’s precious!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love sending cards to my nieces and nephews. Valentine’s Day is so fun for kids, and I love being part of that!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love those little candy hearts with the sayings on them, for me they are the best part of valentines day!

    mswiggi at hotmail dot com

  5. Sharon H says:

    I love helping my daughter make cards for her friends for Valentine’s Day!

  6. Tammy Jones says:

    I love hugs and smooches from my sweetie, and finding fun, tasty ways to get treats for my daughter who’s allergic to red dye – always a bit of a challenge to avoid pink and red on Valentines Day, but it’s a fun kind of challenge! :)

  7. Earl Burbridge says:

    Up until I got remarried, I HATED Valentine’s Day. Now, it’s mixed feelings.

  8. susitravl says:

    I love Valentine’s Day because it reminds me that my anniversary is only a week away and I am married to the greatest guy in the world!

  9. Maureen says:

    I had never been big on Valentine’s Day and then I got sent flowers anonymously 17 yrs ago and then 4 yrs later on Valentine’s Day I got engaged to the gentleman who sent those flowers. So Valentine’s Day has a special place in my heart for the reason that it is the time that I began the romance with my husband.

  10. alycep says:

    Well I love chocolates and also roses but it is stopping one day a year to really let someone know you appreciate them that is so special for me about Valentines Day.

  11. Kelly Ann T. says:

    Our family likes to bake for our loved ones such as aunts, uncles, cousins, and our good friends. They look forward to these special goodies each year.

  12. sandy says:

    my thought is everyday should be valentines day- we play games and laugh at the charlie brown movie

  13. mistee says:

    I love EVERYTHING about Valentine’s Day. I love chocolate. I love flowers. I love helping my daughter make her cards. I love spending the evening with my honey. I love hearts and the color red and pink lol.

    misteedawnw at aol dot com

  14. Ms. T says:

    I like heart shaped chocolate candies & the decorations for that day..

  15. Stacy says:

    Baking and cooking with my kids is always a treat. Baking yummies for V-day is even better!

  16. Nancy Sloan says:

    I love Valentines Day because I get to share it with my grandchildren and do something extra special with them.

  17. April says:

    I always bake heart shape cookie, make brownies, and cupcakes!

  18. EMMA L HORTON says:


  19. Jessie C. says:

    Love chocolate and everything heart shape. Great time spending with loved ones.

  20. randi oaklief says:

    It’s just a special time to let our loved ones know how much we love them!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I like the candy and the colors.

  22. Kristi C says:

    I love that I get to have a dinner date with my husband and fresh flowers.

  23. Linda says:

    I love that we always go out for a nice lunch together.

  24. Steph says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is making special treats and cards for my kids. They really appreciate it.

  25. DeeAnn S says:

    What I like about Valentine’s Day is that it gives me the opportunity to show the ones I love how much they mean to me. I love giving little gifts and seeing their faces light up. Thanks.

  26. Kris T. says:

    The best thing about Valentine’s Day is the candy, chocolate, cherry gummies, heart-shaped sugar cookies… Thanks for the chance to win the great prize pack!

  27. I love the idea of Valentines Day most. Just the idea of taking the time to make those you love feel special is nice. A close second is the sweets. I have a major sweet tooth and I love all the sweets that come with Valentines day.

  28. Yona says:

    I love the chocolates!

  29. angelgarvin says:

    I love having a special day just for my husband and I to play kissie face all day long!

  30. Terri L says:

    I love seeing what my daughter brings home from her Valentines Day party at school.

  31. Jill Myrick says:

    I always try to do something really special for my children on valentines such as having a single rose delivered to each at school, baking special goodies or being silly with things that I have bought them for Valentines.
    One year my children needed new coats scarves and boots. So I purchased large Valentine apes, dressed them in the new coats, scarves and boots and positioned them on my childrens beds holding a big heart of chocolate. When they went to put their school things away they found them.
    And laughed about it for days.
    So I guess my favorite part of Valentines is the anticipation on their faces when they get up on Valentines morning. As they never know what the day will bring. But they do know how much I love them.


  32. Maria says:

    I love anything pink and anything heart-shaped so Valentine’s Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays. Love the colors, the decorations, the fun cookies and cupcakes decorated in pink & red – just EVERYTHING! I go nuts!

  33. Adrienne S says:

    I love baking pink and red valentine’s day treats and watching sappy movies! I also love having a romantic evening with my love!

  34. barbara matts says:

    i think valintines day is special because it reminds us to stop and think about the people we love or have loved in the past, also because the little ones get so excited over their valintines!

  35. melissa n says:

    I best thing about valentines day is just being able to spend some alone time with my hubby. we do not have to go out or buy fancy things as long as we get to see each other i am happy.

  36. Theresa Dell says:

    I love the chocolates and spening a nice evening with my husband.

  37. Rachel Murphy says:

    I didn’t really start baking until recently but now that I have daughters they love to bake with me. We’ve been experimenting with different icings and sprinkles to make some yummy desserts. For Valentine’s Day I think we’ll try making red velvet cupcakes with red heart confetti and heart shaped sugar cookies with pink and red icing.

  38. jolene says:

    i love all the heart shaped decorations and the pink and red together!

  39. Alicia Webster says:

    Ideally, it would be going out with my husband for dinner. But since we have no babysitter or $$, my favorite part of Valentine’s Day is buying myself a candy bar and chowing down.

  40. Sharon Harmon says:

    My favorite part is waiting to see what romantic card my husband gets me! ;)

  41. NJJ says:

    I love that I can show my friends & family I love and care about them on Valentine’s Day w/ cookies cards & chocolates

  42. Courtney S says:

    My fave thing about Valentines is picking out cute cards for my kids to hand out!

  43. Susan C says:

    I love Valentine’s Day because my boyfriend takes me out to dinner. I hate cooking!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  44. Brenda H. says:

    I do love helping to fill out the kids’ “Valentines, and helping with the classroom parties, but I also love that my husband always makes sure we have some alone time. Even during the years we had no money he always made it special:)

  45. Brenda H. says:

    Ooops, noticed my email was wrong. It’s

  46. Mary Marlatt says:

    I like having an excuse to go out to dinner. We rarely eat out and that makes it extra special.

  47. Desiree says:

    Valentine’s Day has always had a special place in my heart because it’s the day I got engaged years ago. I love chocolate, making heart shaped cake for my hubby and kids and just spending the day with each other.

  48. kristy t says:

    I just love spending time with people that are important to me and treasuring them! thanks for hosting a great contest!

  49. Stacy says:

    My anniversary is 4 days before Valentine’s Day so we usually combine the celebration. Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day!

  50. Debbie Denny says:

    I love making things with the kids could be
    a heart banners or heart cookies!

  51. Christine says:

    spending time with hubby

  52. Mia J says:

    I like helping fill out Valentine’s with my daughter and looking through all her cards from her classmates when she gets home.

  53. amie d says:

    I love seeing all of the flower arrangements in the supermarkets and all of the cute stuff on the Valentines aisle. Thanks!

  54. Lauren says:

    Valentine’s Day has a whole new meaning to me know that I have a preschooler. We just went and picked out Valentines today and it was so awesome to see him so excited to pick out cards for his friends. He had such a hard time deciding between Handy Manny and Cars that we ended up getting both. Then of course he had to pick out a box of chocolates for his teacher. I can’t wait to write out the cars with him.

  55. Dawn says:

    I love decorating with my kids! Especially this year, the bright red window clings perk up the winter doldrums. Our younger kids make Valentine cards for their classmates, which is great snowy-day activity.

    And the chocolate! We give the kids a *small* heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates … I like the hand-made dark chocolate from our local candy store :)

  56. Dawn says:

    I love decorating with my kids! Especially this year, the bright red window clings perk up the winter doldrums. Our younger kids make Valentine cards for their classmates, which is great snowy-day activity.

    And the chocolate! We give the kids a *small* heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates … I like the hand-made dark chocolate from our local candy store :)

  57. Dawn says:

    I love decorating with my kids! Especially this year, the bright red window clings perk up the winter doldrums. Our younger kids make Valentine cards for their classmates, which is great snowy-day activity.

    And the chocolate! We give the kids a *small* heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates … I like the hand-made dark chocolate from our local candy store :)

  58. Liz says:

    Making tasty treats with my kids!

  59. Ashley W says:

    Going out to eat without the kids!!

  60. Thomas W says:

    Surprising my wife with her favorite dinner and dessert!!

  61. Sarah R says:

    My favorite thing is getting valentines from my kids!!

  62. Charlotte Schmied says:

    I get to watch my grand babies while my daughters go out with their husbands!!

  63. Jon B says:

    Cooking dinner for my girlfriend!!

  64. priscilla says:

    doing crafts with my two toddler boys and snuggle with the hubby!

  65. Erica says:

    I enjoy helping the kids fill out their Valentine’s Day cards for classmates. At home, I make a special dessert for them. My oldest was born near Valentine’s Day.

  66. Mckim says:

    I’ve always enjoyed picking out a small little gift for my kids that I know they’ll like..
    kimkmc at

  67. Anonymous says:

    I love watching my daughter get so excited about handing out valentine’s at school.

  68. Sharon I. says:

    I love getting a very rare chance to go out with just my husband and enjoy a nice, relaxing, romantic dinner.

  69. Stephanie LaMance says:

    I love watching my 4 year old sign her name to all her valentines for her class:)

  70. Sharon Pehrson says:

    Boy, would I love this. All my equipment is OLD… My heart shaped cookie cutter is made out of an old tuna can that I bent into a heart. (washed, of course) Thanks for the opportunity.

  71. Amanda L Kimball says:

    This would be something special for me and my kids! Pick me :) Thanks.

  72. melody says:

    i love making heart shaped food that day

  73. Crissyanna says:

    I love having a day devoted to love. We color most of our food red and pink and our daughters have a blast. I normally make a red velvet cake for my husband and I to share after the girls are tucked in bed for the night.

  74. Jen Allen says:

    I love making valentines with the kids. We try to make something fun for them each year!

  75. Lindsay Garrett says:

    I LOVE everything about Valentines Day!!
    I LOVE decorating for Valentines Day, I love Pink and Red, I love hearts, cupid, XOXO, I love it all.
    I LOVE picking out valentines for my hubs, and friends and family!
    I LOVE the legend of St. Valentine.
    I LOVE taking pictures of out little one in V-day decor.
    I LOVE baking Valentines day treats.
    I LOVE red JuJu hearts.
    I LOVE flowers and receiving Valentines on V-day (who doesn’t? even though it’s cliche and your money could be spent better other ways, ha!)
    I especially LOVE picking out Victoria Secret surprises for the hubs on V-day, or receiving them.
    I LOVE planning a special day for the hubs.
    I LOVE that hubs gave me our house on Valentines Day as a surprise, and
    I LOVE that hubs and I had our First real date on Valentines Day, where he gifted me some VS pj’s.
    I HEART you Valentines Day!!

    I would LOVE this kit, and the pumpkin adn I woudl have so much fun baking! She lvoes to bake with Mommy!

  76. haley says:

    i love that its a whole holiday dedicated to love!!! i love all the movies they have on lifetime too lol and the chocolates and doing valentines with my kids. everything!!! even though I, myself, have not gotten a valentine in over 10 years!!! yeah, i know right? :( o well!!! i still love it!!!

  77. m says:

    I love steak dinners on Valentine’s Day

  78. joy says:

    I just love that everything is focused on love for the entire day!

  79. Anna Durfee says:

    I just love the fact that I’m allowed to be all lovey dovey with my kids and hubby for one whole day and they can’t do a dang thing about it! LOL!

  80. hollie says:

    I love that this year on valentines day I am engaged. My fiancee gave me my ring and asked me to marry him the week after valentine’s day cause he didnt get the ring in time for the actual day. So this valentine’s day is my first one engaged to my wonderful future husband and I love the sound of that.

  81. I love being able to create all sorts of red- or heart-themed foods for my family..cookies, pizza, snacks. Fun!

  82. I love creating red or heart-themed food….cookies, pizza, snacks. Fun, fun!

  83. Charlene says:

    I love it all….the cards, the decorations, the cookies, cupcakes…everything. Valentine’s Day is fun and it helps with the winter boredom.

  84. Staci says:

    I love making fun crafts with my son and eating homemade chocolate covered strawberries. Yum!

  85. kathy says:

    I love that I get to spend some one on one time with my hubby. That doesn’t happen very often!

  86. Nicole says:

    I like the romantic gestures from my husband.

  87. Mary says:

    I love the family brunch we have together and more time spent together afterwards.

  88. SaraLee E says:

    I love having the whole day and night with hubby devoted to our love for each other.

  89. Elizabeth says:

    I have been waiting for this time of year for the past five years! My Son is in school now and will have his first Valentines Day party! This was my absolute favorite time as a child and I want it to be just as special for him <3

  90. Terra Heck says:

    I mostly love the heartfelt sentiments that my husband pens in my Valentine’s card. I also love receiving handmade Valentine’s cards from my children. I save and keep them. Thanks.

  91. db says:

    I love hearts and flowers.

  92. wcc says:

    I love baking all of the precious cute goodies and a lovely date night out doesn’t hurt as well. Thanks for the chance! :)

  93. Amber Maddux says:

    Definitely going out for an “adults only” dinner and this year keeping my fingers crossed for Pappadeux’s Seafood!!!!

  94. SusanPM says:

    On Valentine’s Day my husband and I make “fancy dinner” for the whole family – well, all four of us. My three and one year-old daughters dress up in frilly dresses and we have appetizers, sparkling water and steak. It’s a family tradition and we love it!

  95. I like Valentine’s Day because it means Spring is coming. It is one of those quiet holidays, but full of treats. The cookies look so good. I remember the fun of getting Valentine’s day cards and candy in school. Making the cookies is like a found memory and fun to do on a cold February day.

  96. kathy geiger says:

    ahhh, what is there NOT to love about valentines day…in this stressed day and age, with its fast past, its nice to just take a day…appreciate who you love and enjoy them

  97. Amanda D. says:

    Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for me – baking, crafting, decorating – I love it all and it has such a pure purpose: to simply make others smile and feel loved. It’s nice to be on the receiving end of that, too!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  98. Cheryl L says:

    I love making homemade valetine cards with my kids for them to pass out during the class party at school. I also love making a cherry pie for my family!

  99. Monique Rizzo says:

    I love the romantic dinner my hubby makes me every year.
    Thanks for the chance.

  100. Alyssa says:

    I love getting “surprised” by a bouquet of flowers at work every year from my husband…

  101. Jennifer says:

    I love going to the classes for the kids Valentines Day parties! It is so fun to watch the kids share their “love” for each other!

  102. Debs says:

    My kids and I always bake gluten free sugar cookies with McCormick’s almond extract, frost them with pink frosting then use a paint brush to write their friends name on them (using a few drops of food coloring mixed with a Tablespoon of corn syrup) Fun and yummy!

  103. Linda Lansford says:

    I love Valentine’s Day because it is ALL about love

  104. Happi shopr says:

    I love the baking we do as a family for others

  105. dpart says:

    We always have fun as a family making cookies. Thanks Mccormick!!

  106. sarah t says:

    i love making special treats for my family and helping and my kids class parties

  107. Joanne E. says:

    I love teaching my two little boys about how to be romantic. I want them to be good husbands some day!

  108. Anonymous says:

    I love sending valentines!

  109. Rachel says:

    having an excuse to hang out with my hubbie

  110. Jenn S. says:

    I love making Valentines with the kids and planning and preparing a special Valentine’s themed dinner for the family. So much fun!

  111. AEKZ2 says:

    I like teaching my children about love and, of course, eating chocolate.

  112. Debra F says:

    I love everything about Valentine’s Day!

  113. Debra F says:

    I love everything about Valentine’s Day!

  114. Heather Kelterer says:

    I love that it’s a nice little reminder to appreciate who you have in your life, and if you have time that day to make it extra special and full of love.

    pickled.punk at yahoo dot com

  115. linda curtis says:

    I love making the cards for the kids and making candy bags for them to take to school. Its so much fun and we have such a good time together.

  116. Becky says:

    It’s not valentines day per say but I love this time of year all the LOVE going round.

  117. Melissa B. says:

    I love the chocolate!!!

  118. amy d says:

    the nice dinner

  119. Erika says:

    I love baking cut-out heart cookies with my kids and I love making a special dinner for my husband! Best of all, I love spending time with my amazing family.
    MusingsfromaSAHM at gmail dot com

  120. kittycardero says:

    What I love about Valentine’s Day is that its a bright spot in the middle of dreary winter.

  121. Viva says:

    My favorite part of valentines day is that we can all celebrate our love for our families, friends, classmates, etc…what a great holiday!

  122. Paula Hafner says:

    I love helping the kids make their Valentine’s cards. We like to use Family Fun for ideas.

  123. shawna says:

    I love that the day is centered around love and showing appreciation for those you love.

  124. Becky says:

    I love the focus on the love between you and your sweetheart – it’s nice to have a day to show that love in a special way! And…the chocolate ; )

  125. Anonymous says:

    For those “very special people” we have always bought red construction paper and white doiles and the kids would make their own valentines, adding glitter and what evers!

  126. Gianna says:

    I love baking treats with my kids!

  127. dddiva says:

    I love spending time with my family and making them a special meal

  128. Ani says:

    I like making heart shaped pancakes in the morning and packing surprise heart shaped chocolates in the kids’ lunches.

  129. I like how happy the kids are that day!

  130. carol y says:

    I love getting the kids something special. I used to love giving and getting valentine’s when I was in grade school. Now I also love that it is the aaniversary of my hubby’s and my first date. Thirty six years this year! Special day.

  131. Laura Emerson says:

    I love decorating the house with homemade hearts. I like baking cupcakes and afterward letting the kids dye the buttercream icing pink and decorating them. I love it when we make a Valentine’s Day dinner for my husband as he misses a lot of Valentine’s Day because of being away in the military. This year he will be home and we are going to give him a Valentines Day he will never forget!

  132. jeannine m says:

    the chocolate!

  133. Melanie says:

    Spending it with the man I love.

  134. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like the candy, specifically anything chocolate!

  135. Diane Baum says:

    My fave thing about Valentine”s Day is is the sharing of cards and trinkets with friends.

  136. sarah says:

    I love the “Stevers” chocolates form my coworker. She gives them to us every year.

  137. trixie420247 says:

    I love helping my kids make valentines.
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

  138. elka says:

    I like the Love spread all around and the Chocolates on Valetine’s day!

  139. meme says:

    I love helping my kids fix thier valentine’s and watching them pick out the perfect one for each kid and then going through each one they get when they get home and hearing the stories behind each valentine and of course helping them make the cookies and cupcakes for thier parties and gifts to family

  140. heather c says:

    I love the homemade card I usually get from the kinder.

  141. Sand says:

    I love baking a heart shaped cake for my family every year and sharing valentines.

  142. Tim says:

    I love the holiday for couples who express elements of Valentine’s Day throughout the year instead of saving it all for one day.

  143. Barbara Long says:

    I love just spending some alone time with my husband on Valentine’s Day.

  144. Deb K says:

    I love Valentine’s Day! The hearts,the chocolate and the cute little cards my grandchildren give me :-)


  145. Jennifer M says:

    I like that it’s a night away from the kids, but they’re usually just as happy to get their special treats.

  146. Kristy says:

    I love celebrating a day that is just dedicated to love!

  147. Kathryn says:

    I love that we have a holiday celebrating the special people and the love you have for them.

  148. elsarod78 says:

    I love the sweets, its a day i get to splurge. And of course the best part is a romatic night out with my future husband.

  149. kkenty says:

    I love chocolate anytime!! BUT, Valentines is a good “excuse” to indulge in the pleasure without the guilt! My son loves to eat cookies and cupcakes. THANKS.

  150. V-Day is the day of love and makes everyone recommit their love. It makes yoy think about that one special someone in your life. I know it makes me think of the man I have spent 38 years with

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