Ginger Valentine Cookies with Buttercream and Raspberry Jam

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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Ginger Valentine cookies Homemade Valentine cookies say it all

When I was growing up Valentine’s Day was definitely a “food” holiday in our house and a very warming celebration in the freezing month of February. Mom would always pack some sort of Valentine treat in our lunches (usually included spicy cinnamon heart candy) and then at suppertime we’d have a Valentine layer cake with strawberry jam filling. Spices suit Valentine’s Day treats, and that’s why I love these ginger Valentine cookies.

Once-a-year cookies are the best.

A box of chocolates, heart-shaped or not, can’t really compare to a homemade treat.  When I was a kid, mom also made heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day. Decorated with white frosting and red sprinkles they felt extra special.


To this day my favourite cookie cutters are heart shaped. Old and new, fluted and straight, I use them for biscuits as often as I do for cookies. (And sometimes they come in handy when we’re making homemade Valentines.)

Cookie cutters

For these ginger Valentine cookies I just used my Christmas cookie recipe with the spices subdued a bit. What can I say? It’s such a delicious recipe that I can eat it all year long. (Have you tried ginger cookies with s’mores or dipped in chocolate fondu?)

Ginger Valentine Cookies Recipe

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl mix butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Beat in egg and molasses.
  3. Add lemon juice.
  4. Sift together dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. When flour mixture is fully incorporated gather dough into a ball, cut in half and pat into two disks.
  6. Chill for one hour.

To bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼” to ½” thick and cut into shapes.
  3. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.

For filling:

Butter frosting

  • 3 Tbsp soft butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk or cream
  1. In a medium bowl cream the butter. Stir in 1/2 cup of the icing sugar and 1 Tbsp of the milk.
  2. Mix until creamy and gradually add the remaining icing sugar.
  3. Add more milk bit by bit to get a good spreading consistency.
  4. Sandwich cookies with frosting, or jam, or frosting and jam!

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17 thoughts on “Ginger Valentine Cookies with Buttercream and Raspberry Jam

  1. Kathleen Higney says:

    If I only make one treat for Valentine’s Day this year it will be these delightful cookies. Ginger, raspberry jam, and cream – a lovely combination!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      I hope you enjoy them!

  2. Kaye says:

    I can’t wait to try these and other delicious molasses recipes.

    1. Bridget says:

      Thanks Kaye, I hope that you enjoy them.

  3. Cheryl Selman says:

    Oh my neices and nephews will love these. I can’t wait to try them.

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Cheryl,
      Your neices & nephews are lucky to have someone who bakes them treats! I hope they enjoy these cookies.

  4. sylvia says:

    I will be trying these,Altho I have been cooking with molasses for 60 yrs always something new coming out.

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Sylvia,
      60 years of cooking with molasses…you must have the greatest collection of recipes! I’m glad that you’re open to trying new things.

  5. Linda says:

    Do you happen to have the nutrional breakdown for these. I am looking for a diabetic friendly valentine treat.

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Linda,
      I’m sorry to say that I don’t have nutritional info for these. Eventually I hope to get to that with my recipes but for now you’d just have to guess based on ingredients.

  6. dorothy macisaac says:

    Thanks 4 this rec,cant wait to make them.Love crosby molLASSES.

  7. Ivy Hicks says:

    Sounds and looks delicious. I will definitely make these valentine cookies

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Ivy,
      I hope that you enjoy them!

  8. Karimah says:

    Is there a way to make it without eggs?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Karimah, I’m sure you could use an egg replacer for the recipe. I haven’t experimented with egg replacers but I hear about them often.

  9. Cheryl says:

    I made these to take as a hostess gift, and they are simply delicious!!

    1. Hi Cheryl, What a great idea to bring them as a hostess gift. They’re so pretty.

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