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Candy Heart Cookies

Contest Photo by: Lori_Punko
Broomfield, CO
Category: Sweet Treats

Description

My son's preschool isn't fond of messy cupcakes in the classroom so I came up with "Candy Heart" cookies! Yummy sugar cookies are iced in the familiar pastel colors and decorated with the kids names. They would be fun with "Kiss Me" or "Luv Ya" type messages too, but the preschoolers aren't reading yet. And they love to find the cookie with their name on it!

Ingredients

Sugar cookies
Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
(Each package makes about 12 large hearts)
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 T flour
1 egg

Royal Icing
4 cups powder suged
3 T meringue powder
6 T water
2 t vanilla extract
Wilton gel food colors

How to Make

  • Mix cookie mix, butter and egg until dough forms.
    Roll dough on floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
    Cut with heart cookie cutter.

    Bake at 375 degrees on ungreased cookie sheet (I like baking on parchment) for about 8 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Cool completely before icing.

  • Mix powder sugar, meringue powder, water and vanilla for 5 minutes on high in a stand mixer (10 minutes with a hand mixer).

    Divide into 5 smaller bowls for yellow, pink, lavendar, green, orange and red (for lettering). Keep icing covered with plastic wrap so it doesn't crust over.

    Tint each bowl to desired color with Wilton gel food colors (a little goes a long way). Use a piping bag to pipe an outline of the hearts in desired colors.

  • While outlines are drying, thin the remaining icing (except the red) with about 4 tablespoons of water. Icing should flow. With a spoon or using a plastic bottle ketchup-type flood (fill in) the outlines with the same color icing. Use a toothpick to help spread icing if needed.

    Let dry for several hours or overnight. Pipe names or saying on with red icing.

    Store used icing in fridge.

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