Today is a fun day!
Not only did I make heart shaped cookies with a straw hole…I KNOW…I am participating in a whole Valentine’s party.
Yep, that’s right…when your husband doesn’t get you anything for Valentines, you must turn to your friends and pressure them into filling the void, which is exactly what I have done.
So stay tuned at the end of this post and check out what some of the most creative ladies out there have come up with. Really, really cute stuff.
But first I must share my treat with you.
It’s a simple concept, really. Milk and cookies.
They are besties. Like me and Sephora. BFF.
I used my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe and made heart shaped cookies. The recipe makes about 24 large cut out cookies, just to give you an idea. If your cutter is smaller than 3″, you might be able to half the recipe.
When the cookies came out of the oven and cooled for 15-20 minutes I cut out the hole in the center. I did it after I baked, because although the recipe doesn’t spread much when baking I wanted to make sure I had a clean hole in the middle…
I used a 5/8″ round cutter, that typically is used for fondant. If you don’t have a small circular (or flower/square) cutter, you could certainly use a paring knife, just be very careful not to crack your cookie.
Once you have your centers cut out you will need to make your pourable glaze icing.
I chose to use a pourable icing because I am lazy and didn’t want to decorate cookies. The truth will set you free.
Here what I did…I mixed up the glaze. The consistency will be like a think syrup.
Next up add a little food coloring. Whatever color you want. I used pink, duh.
When I mixed it up I let the icing sit for about 5 minutes until all the little air bubbles came up to the surface. Then I gave it a gentle stir to pop the bubbles before I poured the icing on my cookies.
I set up my pouring station like this…a wire rack on a bowl to catch the dripping and another wire rack with a piece of parchment under it to catch more drips.
I did them one at a time, spooning the icing on and making sure it dripped over coating the sides as well as the top. The extra dripped into my bowl, which I was able to recycle and use again.
When the majority had dripped off I transferred the cookie with a spatula to my other wire rack.
I let my cookies dry overnight, but if you are in a dry climate they might be dry in less time.
Now, if you would like to go the extra mile and make your straws look like little arrows, it’s a simple process.
You will need:
- construction paper
Cut your construction paper in shapes like this, about 1 1/2″ in length…
Snip the edges like a feather on the end of the arrow.
Place you straw in the middle of the arrow, leaving enough room at the top to drink from and tape it on…
That’s it! Aren’t they cute? I got my straws HERE.
When your cookies are dry you can assemble your little bottles.
I actually used Starbucks Frappuccino bottles. I peeled the labels off and washed them hot, soapy water.
How easy is that?
Now, here’s the fun part!
All these talented ladies from around the internet land have all created fun, Valentine’s Day inspired treats.
Hop over and check out their creations and spread the Valentine’s love!
1. Confessions of a Cookbook Queen ~ Valentines Twinkies on a Stick
2. Buns in My Oven ~ Hot Fudge and Strawberry Donut Pudding
3. Glorious Treats ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes
4. Cookies and Cups ~ Glass Topper Valentines Cookies
5. Bakingdom ~ Valentines Day Cookie Cakes
6. The Hungry Housewife ~ Valentines Jello Hearts
7. Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle ~ Valentines Dotty Cookies
8. Sprinkle Bakes ~ Red Velvet Cake Minis
9. Bake at 350 ~ Double-Decker, Stripey, Valentine Cookies
10. Two Peas and Their Pod ~ Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
11. She Wears Many Hats ~ Valentines Popcorn
This recipe makes enough pourable frosting to cover 12 medium sized cookies
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp milk
- In a bowl combine milk and powdered sugar. Consistency should be that of thick syrup.
- Stir until there are no lumps.
- Add food coloring, if desired.
- Let icing rest for 5 minutes to allow for air bubbles to rise to the top.
- Give the icing a gentle stir to break up any air bubbles that formed.
- Pour over cookie or cake and allow to set up for 6 hours to overnight until completely dry.