Valentine’s Checkerboard Cookies

Updated On: May 15, 2024

A beautiful icebox Valentine’s Checkerboard Cookie that is simple to make. Buttery shortbread tinted with red food coloring and cut into a checkerboard pattern before baking. These checkerboard cookies are easy to customize by changing the color for a baby shower, 4th of July celebration, or any party where you want a festive cookie.

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Ah Valentine’s Day – the day of love.  I can hardly believe it’s upon us but it’s only 3 weeks until the husbands and boyfriends start scrambling for ideas on what to buy that special person in their lives.  Jewelry, flowers, candy, cards and balloons will all be flying off the shelves and maybe the occasional kitchen appliance, in red of course.

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I’m not too picky when it comes to holidays like this.  We usually have dinner in and enjoy each others company, rather than feeling like we need to make a rezi at the best place in town.  Of course, a surprise of flowers is always appreciated, but not expected.  I guess my hubs is lucky in that respect.

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Make something sweet for your honey this Valentine’s Day, like these super easy checkerboard refrigerator cookies.  They are soft and incredibly addicting.  As a matter of fact, they are calling for me now.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Red food coloring, such as AmeriColor Gel Past e

Valentine’s Checkerboard Cookies

Red & white checkered refrigerator cookies, easy to make and even easier to devour.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 Servings


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon red food coloring such as AmeriColor Gel Food Coloring


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, scraping down sides of bowl.
  • Turn dough out onto a clean work surface; it will be loose and crumbly. Knead dough until it begins to hold together, about 1 to 2 minutes. Divide dough in half. Add the food coloring to one of the halves and knead until fully incorporated.
  • Divide each dough into 2, to make 4 balls of dough (2 of each color). Using your hands and a ruler, roll out one dough ball into a 11 inch rope and flatten each side with a bench scraper to make a long square shape. Repeat with remaining 3 balls of dough and alternate and stack to make a 4 square checkered dough, press gently to adhere them together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes, or freeze 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Slice each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on baking sheet. Bake until done, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven, and let cookies cool 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 158IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.4mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. a farmer in the dell says:

    these are really cute! I am so happy I found your blog. my husband and I are farmers. We live just south of you in Oregon. I love the Northwest! Your blog is amazing!

  2. foodwanderings says:

    You know what Heather I never attempted a checkered cookie before though I always wished to. Yours came out gorgeous. What a treat for Valentine’s Day. Chances are if I bake them they would come out al warped! 🙂

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      You could totally do it Shulie. It’s easier than you think. 🙂

  3. Noble Pig - Cathy Pollak says:

    These are absolutley darling!

  4. inkatrinaskitchen says:

    I love these! Simple but eye catching for sure!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      thank you Katrina. The bad thing…they are little cookies, which ultimately means you grab several instead of one. Yep, they’re gone. 😉 Thanks for commenting darlin! xo

  5. Such a fun and festive cookie! 🙂

  6. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife says:

    Aren’t these the cutest things for Valentine’s Day!

  7. Lauren Bird (@LBird42) says:

    Wow! These look amazing!

  8. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    These are so adorable! I need to try this technique someday.

  9. Lauren @ says:

    Such pretty cookies! Love them. I always prefer a plant that will last longer than a week – orchid please!!! 🙂

  10. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    These are pretty darn perfect! I love the color combo. No doubt I will join the scrambling masses of men at the florist 😉

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