Are you looking for Valentines Day gift ideas? What could be better that something saying “I love you” in the sweetest possible way? A delicious treat is always a great idea and we will show you how to make conversation heart cookies!
Conversation hearts candies are especially popular for Valentine’s day and the messages printed on them can be easily recreated on homemade cookies. If you want something truly original for this special day, something that will show your love (or sense of humor), look at the recipes below!
How to Make and Decorate Conversation Heart Cookies?
When it comes to cookie decoration, most people are not sure that they have the skills for working with frosting, coloring and let’s be honest – piping delicate letters on a cookie does require a steady hand and some experience.
Luckily, there are many different ways to decorate cookies. You can use food colors and make your cookie dough pink, purple, red, etc. It is easy to decorate your cookies with fondant and then “print” your love messages with letter stamps. Of course, let’s not forget that food markers are always available and this is one of the easiest ways to decorate your conversation heart cookies.
Here are some ideas for conversation heart sayings to choose from:
Cute or cutie
Me & you
I love you
Love me tender
Be my hero
Heart of gold
Melt my heart
Crazy 4 you
How to Make Conversation Heart Cookies – Easy Recipe
2 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. If the dough seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour so it’s a better consistency for rolling.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment paper to about 1/4″ (6 mm) thickness. Stack the pieces, with parchment paper between the two, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.
Once the dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used. Repeat with 2nd dough piece.
Bake for 10-11 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
How to Make Royal Icing?
3 egg whites
1 pound confectioners’ sugar (450g)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Gel food dye, optional
In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat egg whites on medium-low speed until frothy, about 1 minute.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.
Once fully incorporated, increase speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks shiny peaks form.
Divide icing among small bowls, and dye with gel food coloring if desired. (Keep any icing that isn’t being immediately used covered with plastic wrap as it dries out very quickly.) Transfer to piping bags and decorate cookies.