Valetine’s Day DIY Baking Gift Basket

Since Valentine’s Day may look a little different this year or very similar if you’re anything like us and typically choose to spend it at home. Either way, make it a little sweeter with a Valentine’s Day DIY Baking Gift Basket. Or rather a bowl! Create one for your better half and enjoy a sweet date in the comfort of your own home.

DIY Baking Gift Basket | lifestyle | Louella Reese

This Valentine’s Day, we’re planning to spend the day creating our favorite thing – cookies! With a little bake-off! I created a DIY baking gift basket to gift your better half complete with a Valentine’s Day theme playlist you can listen to as you enjoy time together in the kitchen! Plus, the perfect simple sugar cookie recipe.

DIY Baking Gift Basket:

large mixing bowl

cookie scoop


cookie cutters


jar of your favorite cookie recipe ingredients (see recipe below for sugar cookies)

mix in options: sprinkles, nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate

kitchen towel

Valentine’s Day playlist


Combine all items inside the mixing bowl – I recommend going with a larger one so you can fit everything in it easily. I also used Kraft crinkle paper to fill the bottom and make it easier to place everything in an aesthetically pleasing way. Your significant other may not appreciate that but if you gift to a friend or neighbor I am sure they will love the presentation!

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Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe

I also wanted to share the simple sugar cookie we used. It is perfect for a bake-off as you can add so many different mix-ins, toppings, and/or top with frosting! Also the perfect recipe to place in a glass jar to include in your DIY baking gift basket! Just be sure to include a note of the recipe + what wet ingredients they will need, if you aren’t baking with them. i.e. if you’re gifting to a neighbor or friend.


1 cup softened butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sour cream

4 1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon nutmug

mix-ins/toppings: sprinkles, nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, dark chocolate


  1. Cream butter. Add Sugar In The Raw® and gradually beat in the eggs. One at a time until well combined.
  2. Mix in vanilla.
  3. Blend in dry ingredients alternating with the one cup of sour cream.
  4. Chill dough for 30 minutes to one hour.
  5. Prepare the countertop by covering a small section with flour. Also cover the rolling pin with flour. Place down on the floured countertop and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.
  6. Roll dough. Use cut outs to cut dough.
  7. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle tops of cookies with Sugar In The Raw® & add your favorite mix-ins/toppings. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Want more recipes? Click through to my food page or head straight to one of my favorites simple homemade granola & açaí bowl recipe. More Valentine’s Day content? Click through to recent Valentine’s Day posts.

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  1. Lee wrote:

    This is so cute! and cookies sound delish!

    Posted 2.10.21 Reply
  2. Rach wrote:

    This is seriously the cutest idea ever!! And girl, I LOVE your dress!

    Posted 2.10.21 Reply
  3. This is a sweet gift idea. Love the pictures in the post.


    Posted 2.10.21 Reply
  4. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh you cuties!

    Lisa |

    Posted 2.11.21 Reply
  5. Stephanie wrote:

    What a cute and creative idea for Valentine’s Day. I love thinking about making cookies with my husband to enjoy for our dessert later on. And sugar cookies are one of my favorites (which I haven’t had in far too long). You’ve got me thinking I may need to do this during the weekend!

    Posted 2.11.21 Reply
  6. I love this idea, especially since I also have a crazy sweet tooth. These sound yummy! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 2.11.21 Reply
  7. Anna English wrote:

    This is such a great idea! I was just thinking I might make a batch of choc chip cookies to indulge in this weekend 🙂

    Posted 2.11.21 Reply
  8. OMG this is adorable! What a cute idea, I love this as a Valentine’s Day gift! I love to bake so this would be so fun for me! Xx.

    Posted 2.11.21 Reply
    • aw thank you Carrington 🙂 appreciate it gal! baking is the best – especially with your sweetie, making sweets!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 2.11.21 Reply
  9. Amanda wrote:

    How adorable are you two?!? The baking set is such a perfect gift idea, I love it!

    Posted 2.12.21 Reply
  10. Maureen wrote:

    Super cute dress! Love this creative Valentines Day idea.

    Maureen |

    Posted 2.12.21 Reply
  11. Lovely wrote:

    This is such a cute idea! Your pictures are amazing!

    Posted 2.16.21 Reply
  12. Emily Wilkinson wrote:

    these photos are soooo cute! I love baking and cooking with Nick!

    Posted 2.24.21 Reply