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How to Make Conversation Heart Cookies

How to Make Conversation Heart Cookies

A basic sugar cookie recipe is the base for these adorable Conversation Heart Cookies, perfect for Valentine’s Day treats!

conversation hearts sugar cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day! Is there anything more reminiscent of Valentine’s Day then Conversation Hearts?

I’ll be honest, I am not really a fan of this chalk like candy. But these Conversation Heart Cookies? Yes please!

These are a super fun recipe or craft for the kids to get involved with. Often around holidays, I like to bake up the sugar cookies for the kids in advance and then they are ready for them to decorate.

You’ll be using my sugar cookie recipe to make your Conversation Hearts. I love this recipe because the cookies are soft in the center with a crisp edge.

conversation hearts sugar cookies

How to Make your Conversation Heart Cookies

Here are the materials you will need:

2.5-3 inch heart shaped cookie cutters
Royal Icing
Edible Markers
Gel Food Colors
Piping bags
Scissors
Toothpick or skewer
Parchment Paper

conversation hearts sugar cookies


Before You Get Started, Read This:

To get a pastel color for your icing, you will have to dye the icing the base color, then add white to lighten it up.

Gel Vs Liquid Food Coloring:
Water based or liquid food coloring will change the consistency of your icing when working with them.
As an industry standard when working on decorated cookies, gel or powder colors are the preferred.

Royal Icing Guidelines:
Royal icing dries hard when uncovered. During the non-mixing moments and coloring you should keep a wet paper towel over the royal icing until it is inside of the piping bag.

Royal Icing should not be too stiff, nor too loose. Make sure you follow the directions on the royal icing mix and do an icing consistency test:

To test your royal icing:
Slide the spoon down the center of the bowl, touching the bottom. Count how long it takes the line to disappear from the icing. You want it to take 13-15 seconds. If the icing closes immediately your icing is too loose and will run off the cookie.

If the icing is too loose, add more of the stiff royal icing or add SIFTED powdered sugar to thicken it up.

The powdered or icing sugar must be sifted to minimize the risk of clumps in the icing coming out of the piping bags.

How to easily and quickly fill your piping bags:
Using a tall cup, place the piping bag inside of the cup, making sure you flatten the tip of the bag downward on the cup.

Scoop or pour the icing into the bag making sure not to get icing on the overhang of the piping bag on the outside of the cup.

Lift the side of the cup straight up, press out any air and tie the bags in a knot, with bag ties or seal them with a rubber band or something similar, to keep the icing from coming out the incorrect end of the bag.

royal icing tutorial

Now you are ready to frost your cookies!

Color royal icing as many colors as you would like, we chose pink, orange, green, blue, and yellow.

sugar cookie hearts


Remember to lighten up the color to a pastel, you will need to add white gel food coloring.

royal icing
royal icing
royal icing


Fill each of the piping bags with their respective colors and seal off the open end.

royal icing
royal icing


Cut the tip slightly and test how the icing flows out the bag. Remember to cut a small hole in the tip first, then gradually make it larger. If you cut too much off at once, you will have to create a new bag.

Once you have a flow of icing that does not hurt your hands and is easily managed, outline the cookie with icing.

With a little more pressure add icing to the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick or skewer to move the icing around on the cookie.

sugar cookie hearts

Tips for Perfect Cookies

  • Tip: You want the icing to be puffy and not flat on the cookie.
  • Place newly flooded cookies on a baking sheet to dry.
  • Tip: Place the cookies in front of a fan to speed up the drying process.
  • Tip: If you own a dehydrator, place it on the lowest temperature setting and place the cookies inside the dehydrator for 30 mins, then in front of a fan for an additional 2-3 hours.
  • Icing will be hard to the touch when cookies are ready for the next step. The drying time can take anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on your weather. If you live in a moisture rich area, allow for a longer drying time. If it is raining, allow for an extended drying period.

    After the icing has dried:
  • Use the Pink Wilton Food Writers to write your love notes onto the cookies. The pink is the closest to mimicking the actual Conversation Heart cookies, but any color writer will work.
  • Edible food markers will dry out faster than a regular marker so please keep the tops on when not in use.

Decorating your Conversation Hearts

After the icing has dried, use the Pink Wilton Food Writers to write your love notes onto the cookies. The pink is the closest to mimicking the actual Conversation Hearts, but any color writer will work.

Edible food markers will dry out faster than a regular marker so please keep the tops on when not in use.

Some ideas to write on your conversation heart cookies are:

BFF
Kiss
Hugs & Kisses
Hugs
I Love You
Love
XOXO
Cute
Be Mine

conversation hearts sugar cookies

Be sure to check out more of my Valentine’s Day content if you are in the mood for love!

20 Free Valentine’s Day Printables
Oreo Truffles
Valentine’s Cake Bars
Gift Idea: DIY Mason Jar Craft
and my personal favorite, these Sugar Cookie Edible Boxes made with the same sugar cookie recipe used here.

conversation heart cookies

Conversation Heart Cookies Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 40 minutes

A basic sugar cookie recipe is the base for these adorable Conversation Heart Cookies, perfect for Valentine's Day treats!

Ingredients

  • Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe
  • Royal Icing
  • Gel Food Colors
  • Edible Markers

Instructions

  1. Make your sugar cookie dough using this recipe and a heart cookie cutter.
  2. Let the cookies cool completely.
  3. Prepare your royal icing. To get a pastel color you will have to dye the icing the base color, then add white to lighten it up.
  4. Keep a wet paper towel over your royal icing until it is inside the piping bag.
  5. Your Royal Icing should not be too stiff, nor too loose. Make sure you follow the directions on the royal icing mix and do an icing consistency test.
  6. To test your royal icing:
    Slide the spoon down the center of the bowl, touching the bottom. Count how long it takes the line to disappear from the icing. You want it to take 13-15 seconds. If the icing closes immediately your icing is too loose and will run off the cookie.
    If the icing is too loose, add more of the stiff royal icing or add SIFTED powdered sugar to thicken it up. The powdered or icing sugar must be sifted to minimize the risk of clumps in the icing coming out of the piping bags.
  7. Using a tall cup, place the piping bag inside of the cup, making sure you flatten the tip of the bag downward on the cup.
  8. Scoop or pour the icing into the bag making sure not to get icing on the overhang of the piping bag on the outside of the cup.
  9. Lift the side of the cup straight up, press out any air and tie the bags in a knot, with bag ties or seal them with a rubber band or something similar, to keep the icing from coming out the incorrect end of the bag.
  10. Cut the tip slightly and test how the icing flows out the bag. Remember to cut a small hole in the tip first, then gradually make it larger. If you cut too much off at once, you will have to create a new bag.
  11. Once you have a flow of icing that does not hurt your hands and is easily managed, outline the cookie with icing.
  12. With a little more pressure add icing to the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick or skewer to move the icing around on the cookie.
  13. You want the icing to be puffy and not flat on the cookie. Place newly flooded cookies on a baking sheet to dry.
  14. Icing will be hard to the touch when cookies are ready for the next step. The drying time can take anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on your weather. If you live in a moisture rich area, allow for a longer drying time. If it is raining, allow for an extended drying period.
  15. Use the Pink Wilton Food Writers to write your love notes onto the cookies. The pink is the closest to mimicking the actual Conversation Heart cookies, but any color writer will work.

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