Our Sweet Heart Cookies are easy to make & so fun to decorate. Made with a basic sugar cookie dough, flavored with either vanilla or almond, they hold their shape beautifully when baked and make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
It’s my favorite day of the month, Creative Cookie Exchange Day! Yay! And today we get to share our delicious cookies all surrounding this month’s Hearts/Love theme including these fun Sweet Heart Cookies.
Believe it or not, I had a hard time deciding what to bake this month but knew I wanted to use my new heart-shaped cookie cutter. After all, what would a hearts theme be without hearts. Right? And then I saw it … (which after attempting it, it might have been better if I hadn’t seen it) a video on how to decorate heart-shaped cookies. Now mind you, I have never decorated cookies, just topped them with sprinkles, chocolate or frosting, but I thought how hard can this be? Ummm, well let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks!
The cookie baking went fine and they came out perfect. I absolutely loved the basic sugar cookie recipe that I adapted only slightly from Katrina’s Kitchen. The dough went together so smoothly and didn’t need any refrigerating prior to cutting out the cookies. I did add a few mini chocolate chips to half the batter, to see if it would work, and it didn’t interfere with cutting the cookies at all.
Now on to the decorating adventure. First up was making the royal icing. I found several recipes for the icing, most of which suggested using meringue powder, so I went with Joy of Baking’s recipe. But mixing it was another thing. Her recipe said to bring it to stiff peaks while another said just soft peaks. I wound up forming the stiff peaks and then adding more water to get the required “flood consistency”. My first attempt at covering the cookies with the icing was a disaster – the icing was still too thick.
OK, everything back into the separate bowls, because I had already colored the icing (duh!), and try to thin it out a little more. My second attempt was a little better but it probably could have been just a little thinner. I also didn’t have all the required tools but thought I could make do. I had one of the correct tips, but with 3 colors, two more would have made my life a lot easier. I did use my OXO Decorating Kit and, if I’d had the extra tips and one more of the bottles, everything would have been honky dory. Alas, such was not the case.
But to make a long story short, I did manage to get the icing on to the cookies and to decorate them with a somewhat successful, but definitely not, professional quality result. If you would like to see how it’s really done you’ve got to watch this great video by SweetAmbs found here.
It turned out to be a fun thing to do and I might even attempt it again some day! 🙂
And that’s all there is to it! lol
Now check out all the great recipes below showing off some Valentine’s Day love.
It is late January guys and you know what that means! Soon love will be in the air! Too corny? OK fine, but we all know Valentine’s Day is about to start trending, and we have the perfect cookies! Hearts, love, anything symbolizing hearts and love, we have it all! Check out our hearts and love cookies below and maybe make them for your loved ones!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Aloha Linzer Cookies by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Cheese Hearts by Bakingyummies
- Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Flours and Frostings
- Double Chocolate Spritz Heart Cookies by The Spiced Life
- Happy Heart Lemon Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Meringue Hearts by Noshing With The Nolands
- Nutella Raspberry Cookies by Upstate Ramblings
- Pomegranate, Rose and White Chocolate Cookies by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Sour Cream Pecan Sandies by Magnolia Days
- Sweet Heart Cookies by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Yin Yang Cookies by Food Lust People Love