I have not 1, but 8 Valentines to spoil on Valentine’s Day! Some years I get more creative with their treats than others…namely the years I’m NOT pregnant, haha! This year I made my sweeties sugar cookies. I was trying to make them look like conversation hearts.
This was my first time to try royal icing on cookies. I’ve made it before, but only to use as cement for gingerbread houses at Christmas. I colored it with Wilton gel colors. I think they turned out pretty cute, although the icing dried funny on some of them. They look wet around the edges, but they’re not. Hmmmm…..
My lettering skills need some practice!
I also followed our tradition of giving everyone a box of actual conversation hearts. Candy always goes over well around here! It’s okay to eat cookies and candy for breakfast if it’s a holiday, right?? (We did follow up with scrambled eggs about an hour later!)
Just in case this helps someone else…
I cut out my cookie dough with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but they spread out just enough to look kind of weird and misshapen in the oven. I just re-cut them out with the cookie cutter while they were still warm, and voila!–perfect heart shapes again! Now, those of you who bake a lot have probably already figured that out, but it was new to me, so I’m sharing. I had lots of eager tasters waiting around to eat the edges that were cut off, so nothing was wasted. (As if cookies could EVER go to waste in a house with 7 kiddos!)
The cookies were enjoyed by all. And I got a sweet card AND a box of chocolates from my honey…Yum!!