For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m borrowing from Christmas. It always seems the holiday season is over before you know it and then the winter weather of January and February looms ahead and I am left missing the warmth and cheer of the holiday lights.
So let’s just agree to extend the festivity to the next holiday: Valentine’s Day.
In my previous post, I showed you how I’ve decorated my home. So now that we’re ready for a party, a dinner, a brunch, whatever you prefer, let’s make some favors for our guests. What could be better for Valentine’s Day than sugar cookie conversation hearts?
I made my sugar cookie dough, rolled it out to about 1/4 inch thick and used a heart shaped cookie cutter. Once your cookies are out of the oven and cooling, you can make your icing. Using icing that is a thick consistency, like toothpaste for example, pipe a border outline onto your cookie. Then add a tiny bit of milk, or water, and thin your icing out to a approximately the consistency of corn syrup. Once the outline is set on the cookie, go ahead and flood the inside and then spread the icing evenly to the edges using a needle etching tool. You can get one individually on Amazon for a couple dollars or Wilton sells a cookie flooding set of 3 tools, perfect for the job, for under $7. Otherwise, you could try using a thin wooden skewer stick. I think that might possibly work if that’s all you have.
Once the icing has hardened, you will be able to add the letters. I used a store bought icing writer to save some time. I bought red and pink. However, the pink was way too thin and wouldn’t set well. The red one was better so that’s what I used but it still had a little bit of a tendency to bleed. If you are up for making another batch of the thicker icing you did your outlining in, that would probably work perfectly. Otherwise, test your store bought icing writer on some parchment paper first perhaps, in order to get the right flow and speed.
Perfect for your significant other:
NOTE: I would highly suggest allowing them to completely dry laying flat in a covered container, even overnight if you can. Once they are completely dry, you can stack them or tie them up in pretty baggies without fear of the letters getting smudged.
My favorite way to serve these is right off the tree. Adorning a Valentine’s tree with sugar cookie heart favors as sweet “ornaments” that your guests can choose from.
Or if you don’t need a full size tree, use a mini tree! Here I used a 24″ white tree with some white lights on a table. You can even put it on a stand if you want a little extra height. I made a mini tree skirt made from a pack of foam glitter hearts from the dollar store.
The fact that you can color coordinate your tree, your cookie icing, even the ribbons you use to tie the bags, means the options are nearly endless. Enjoy!! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this idea! Is it pretty? Is it weird? I think it is so fun and creative!!