Valentines Day Cookie Decorating Ideas: 5 Easy Methods for Beginners
Many women are looking forward to February 14. Choosing a gift for your loved one is not an easy task. If you decide to surprise your partner with a delicious Valentine gift, then do not forget to decorate the cookies beautifully. We have five easy Valentines Day cookie decorating ideas that are perfect even if you are not very skilled at drawing.
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Easy Valentines Day Cookie Decorating Ideas
Cookies for February 14 can become the most delicious edible gift and Valentine’s Day card. Glaze will make any baked goods festive. Beautiful icing, elegant swirls, delicate fruit fillings – there is no shortage of ideas. Yes, red and pink shades of icing are the most popular Valentine’s Day cookie decorations, and we shall tell you how to do it. In addition, we will show you some easy Valentines Day cookie decorating ideas with chocolate, sugar glaze, and sprinkles so that you can choose whichever method works for you.
Start by baking or buying heart-shaped cookies. Here you can find some great Valentine’s Day cookie recipes. From shortbread to chocolate cookies, red velvet cookies, or butter cookies, choose your favorite taste.
Valentines Day Cookie Decorating Ideas with Chocolate Ganache
We all love chocolate! Ganache is a very simple chocolate cream. You’ve almost certainly encountered it, even if you didn’t know it was called that. It is made of chocolate and heavy cream and is perfect for decorating your Valentine’s Day cookies. You can choose dark, milk, or white chocolate; you can even add color to and prepare pink or red ganache. Keep in mind that product ratios vary depending on the type of chocolate you are using.
- For dark chocolate, the ratio is 1 part chocolate to 1 part cream.
- For milk chocolate, the ratio is 3 parts chocolate to 1 part cream.
- For milk chocolate, the ratio is 4 parts chocolate to 1 part cream.
How to prepare the ganache?
- Chop the chocolate and place it in a bowl.
- Heat the cream until it is simmering. Make sure it is not boiling.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Stir until smooth.
To decorate the Valentine’s Day cookies, you have two options:
Dip each cookie partially into the chocolate and place it on a baking sheet. Add sprinkles and let them sit until the chocolate sets.
Optionally, you can pour the ganache into a piping bag (or a small ziplock bag), cut a tiny corner, and pipe the ganache. For a simple drizzle, you can use a small spoon.
Also read: How to Make Conversation Heart Cookies?
How to Make Sugar Glaze for Cookies?
Preparing sugar glaze is even easier. All you need is powdered sugar (and very little liquid like milk, citrus juice, apple juice, water, etc.). Optionally, you can use food coloring as well.
Add 2 tablespoons of liquid to 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar. Whisk the glaze, and if necessary, add a few more drops of liquid until the desired consistency is reached.
Use a spoon, a brush, or a piping bag to decorate the cookies, whichever is easier for you. You can add sprinkles while the glaze is still wet and let the cookies sit until the decoration sets.
Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating with Royal Icing
Royal icing is the most popular cookie decoration, and if you want to try your hand at drawing and piping, here’s how to do it.
You will need 1 egg white per 5 oz/150 g confectioners’ sugar. It is best if you use a mixer.
In a bowl, beat the egg on low speed until frothy.
Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat slowly until the sugar is incorporated. Increase the speed of the mixer to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form.
Add food coloring, if you want, then transfer the icing to a piping bag and decorate the cookies.
Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Cookie Decoration Idea
As a last-minute idea, just take a jar of your favorite jam – strawberry, for example, is perfect. Add two tiny dots of jam to each cookie, and use the handle of a spoon to shape a heart.
Dust the Cookies with Powdered Sugar
Ok, technically, this may not be a real decoration, but if you haven’t got any supplies, just arrange the cookies on a baking sheet and dust them generously with powdered sugar. It is simple, but it works!