How to Decorate Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Cookies
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My Valentines cookies are fun to make, I share cookie decorating ideas too! Decorated sugar cookies are the perfect Valentines day cookies!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24-28
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6-9 tablespoons water, room temperature
  • Gel Coloring
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes
  3. Add eggs and extract and beat until creamy and well combined
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating well after each addition. Do not overbeat though.
  5. Wrap dough in a piece of plastic wrap, freeze for about 20 minutes or chill in refrigerator at least 2 mours
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat
  8. Roll dough out to ⅛ inch thickness, cut with heart shaped cookie cutter
  9. Place on baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until cookie bottom is lightly golden brown
  10. Cool on wire rack completely
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together powdered sugar and meringue powder on low for 30 seconds
  2. Add water one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. You will need different consistencies for outlining, flooding and writing.
To Decorate Cookies:
  1. Divide the icing into bowls, and mix with desired color
  2. Add icing to decorator bag fitted with a small round tip, #4 or #5
  3. The icing should be thin, but not too thin.
  4. Line cookie around the edge, then fill with icing
  5. Gently shake or tap the cookie to spread the icing
  6. To write on cookie, add red icing to bag fitted with a small round tip, #2
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