Best Valentine Cookies! – “Flavor Cookie”

Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Desserts, Recipes, Valentines | 60 comments

Best Valentine Cookies - Flavor Cookies

I am not kidding!

This is the best cookie! It is not just a sugar cookie. It has a wonderful cherry-almond flavor! You won’t eat plain sugar cookies again!

I usually save this recipe just for Valentine’s Day because of its red color and wonderful flavor.  I started making these when my kids were young and they have eagerly anticipated that these cookies would “show up” every Valentine’s Day since then!

When they went to college, I sent a package of them to each one of my kids on Valentine’s Day.

When they got married, they still wanted the cookies. One year, I thought, ” Well, they are getting older and they probably don’t care about getting them.” Wrong!

They called on Valentine’s Day and asked, “Where are the cookies?”

Guess I can’t stop sending them each year. Now they’re married with children and they still want those cookies! It has become a tradition!

 I’m sharing the recipe so you can start the tradition in your family, too!


Flavor Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 (3 oz) package Cherry jello

3 eggs

1 tsp. almond extract

3 cups flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Mix and chill overnight. Roll out like a sugar cookie on a floured surface.

I use a pastry cloth and a rolling-pin cover. The dough never sticks! When done, just shake the flour outside and roll the cloth together and place in plastic bag in the freezer! This way, it won’t mold or spoil. Just take out and use again the next time!

"Flavor Cookies" a family favorite! Cherry almond flavor!

Flavor Cookies with cherry almond flavor! Awesome!

Bake cookies on an un-greased pan at 375 degrees for 8 minutes (larger cookies) – 7 minutes (smaller cookies)

Cool completely and frost


1 cup powdered sugar

2 t. cherry juice ( from maraschino cherries) or use milk and red food coloring

2 tsp. light corn syrup

1 tsp. almond flavoring

Mix and add more corn syrup and cherry juice to get the right consistency.

Frost cookies and let dry!

Makes about 5-6 dozen depending on size of cookie.

Best Valentine Cookies! Cherry almond flavor!

Best Valentine Cookies!
Wonderful cherry almond flavor! Delicious!

These are also good with other flavors of Jello, but the Cherry gives it the most flavor! Try lime and make shamrocks! Almond flavoring doesn’t go with lime, however, so leave it out.  Don’t use strawberry as it doesn’t give enough color or flavor! These would also be good at Christmas, but I have so many cookies that I make at Christmas that I just save this one for Valentine’s Day! It makes it special!

Best Valentine Cookies  "Flavor Cookies"

What are your Valentine traditions?




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  1. Wow using Jello in a cookie recipe? Inspired! Love the flavour of Almond so I know I’m going to love these. And what a lovely tradition to have in your family. Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy

    • It sure gives it good flavor….hence the name, “Flavor Cookies”!

    • It sure gives it good flavor….hence the name, “Flavor Cookies”!

  2. I saw you on Merry Mondays. This recipe looks awesome. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. So pretty, thank you for sharing on #Overthemoon

  4. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week on Jembellish!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. These hearts are gorgeous. Thanks for linking them up! Pinning ‘m. Till Sunday, Rose

    • Thanks for pinning! They’re a huge favorite as I mentioned.

  6. Phyllis I am sooooo making these! Thanks for sharing at Five Star -Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx

    • You’ll love them!

  7. I know these cookies must be delicious with the cherry jello and almond extract! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

    • I absolutely adore the two of those flavors combined!

  8. Yum! I never heard of using jello! So creative! Thanks for sharing at Table It!

    • It gives it lots of flavor!

  9. That’s so sweet that these have become a tradition for your family! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

    • Yes, every year. Now, the grandchildren look for them, too!

  10. Your cookies are so pretty, wish I had one!  Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. These are gorgeous, and I am a bit meh about plain sugar cookies, but you’ve solved that problem! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday! I’ll be pinning it to our board, so please follow us there! 🙂

    • Yes, I feel the same way about plain sugar cookies. These are different! Thanks for pinning!

  12. Phyllis these just LOOK gorgeous, never mind how they must taste! Please come and share at Five Star Frou-Frou tomorrow? Mimi xxx

    • Thanks for the invitation. I’ll be there.

  13. Those cookies look so good!!

    Thank you for stopping by to linkup on #OMHGWW this week!!
    Have a fantastic day!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl!!:)

  14. I love your tradition and what a great new cookie for me to have in my arsenal! Thank you for posting at Tasty Tuesdays!

    • They are delicious!

  15. These are so beautiful! Dropping by from Inspiration Monday linky party and pinning to Pinterest.

    • Beautiful and very delicious!

  16. these look so good, I love Valentine deserts they’re just so pretty, thanks for sharing pinned

    • Thanks for pinning, but don’t forget to make them. You’ll love them!

      • lol that’s usually how it happens too I have ideas without the time…someday I will find it =)

  17. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up to Tips & Tricks! Hope to see you next week!

  18. Very nice pictures and these sound delicious! Happy to have found you via Katherine’s Corner!

  19. Not only are they pretty, but they look delicious. I’d have a hard time eating them since they are so pretty, but eventually would give in!

  20. how many cookies does this make?

    • For the smaller hearts, it makes 4-5 dozen. Sorry, I should have included this on the post!

  21. These look delicious!

  22. You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

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  23. Nom Nom Nom, yes please I’ll take a dozen! Thanks for sharing these in the weekly crafty showcase. We’ll be featuring you in our Feature Friday post. 🙂 Happy Sweet Valentines Day!

  24. I love almond cookies. This is such a delicious recipe and perfect for the holiday. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  25. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing them with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned to the Valentine board! 🙂 Marti

  26. Cute cute! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy

  27. found you at one project at a time. can;t wait to try them. thanks

    • Glad you found me! They are delicious!

  28. Oh these look so good. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  29. They look delicious! My DS10 would love to make these. He’s always trying to change things up with my cookie recipes.

  30. Pinning! Looks lovely, found you via Tip me Tuesday. ;D cheers

  31. Look super yummy and I love that heart plate! Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  32. These look delicious! I’m going to have to make these – cherry and almond are two of my favorite flavors! I’m visiting from the Monday Funday link party 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and , yes, those flavors
      are great together!

  33. Beautiful and sounds so yummy 🙂 thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays. ..

  34. These are so pretty, and I think it’s so sweet that you send them to your kids! 🙂

  35. Thank You..So pretty 🙂

  36. Lovely one.
    Can add more colors to coming valentine day 🙂

  37. A cup of coffee would go great with these. I’m currently hosting a giveaway to win a $20 Starbucks gift card and would love for you to enter!

  38. They are so pretty!

    • The color is from the Jello and cherry juice!

  39. Just pinned this and can’t wait to try them! I’d love it if you would come share at the Funday Sunday link party that is open over at! Hope to see you there!

  40. These look delicious and fairly easy! I am definitely going to put this on my “recipes to try” board.

    • They mix up very quickly! Hope you enjoy them!

  41. YuM!! You’re right… those cookies look FABULOUS!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!

    • Just brought a bunch to a get-together and everyone wanted the recipe!


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