Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! I know that this is my second post related to Valentine’s….but I just love excuses to make cookies! I’m really lucky that my friends, Samiya and Sarah, also share in my love of cookie decorating – it makes it a great 10:30 at night study break :-). A while back, Sarah had the idea to make heart shaped cookies and decorate them like conversation hearts. It sounded so cute that I just knew we had to make them. This is our second time decorating cookies together, and I think we are getting a little better at it. (Still not ready to open our own cookie business….but maybe eventually.) I made a simple sugar cookie dough (seen below) and cut the cookies out. Then together we whipped up a batch of royal icing, and started decorating. To make these you need to make quite a few icing colors. We made, blue, green, white and pink, and then then took about 1/2 of the pink icing and died it a darker pink/red to do the writing with. The conversation hearts also come in purple, yellow and orange – so you can just pick your favorites.
As a helpful hint, we used gel food coloring, and even with globs of it we had trouble getting the icing to be “Red”. My advice would be to add color until it looks like hot pink, and then the icing will dry a little bit darker. Also, in retrospect, you really need very little icing to “write with”, and it would be easier to darkly dye a smaller amount of icing.
I don’t feel that I’m near good enough (yet), to make my own tutorial on how to ice with royal icing, but if you are interested here are a few sites that seem to have it down pat: Brown Eyed Baker, Annie’s Eats, Sweetopia. One day, (probably over spring break), you will be seeing a royal icing tutorial from me. However, I think that these cookies are a simple enough design that a plain “dip” icing, or buttercream would also work fine. Royal icing just gives the cookies that professional looking sheen.
Please take note of the “P.L.T.” cookie. We were inspired by this week’s episode of Glee, and the Micheal Jackson song, “Pretty Little Thing”…Which we realized after was actually called “Pretty Young Thing”…whoops.
And then of course, you have to have the classic phrase, “That’s what she said”. Which was kind of inspired by my favorite blogger, Annie, and by the fact that this phrase is awesome…
We also tried our hand at some other languages, with cookies like “Te Amo”, “Ich Liebe Diche”, “Je t’aime” & “Mi Amore.”
Janice’s Sugar Cookies
– I made half of this recipe, and it made about 30 large heart shaped cookies.
- One lb. butter (4sticks), softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 5-6 cups flour