HEART COOKIES/ Why Only Romance

Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday and a special day for many. My husband and I prefer to keep it low-key with a nice dinner at home and a spray of carnations. As a romantic holiday, I wish it was not exclusive leaving so many out. Honestly speaking, when I was single for many years Feb 14 was a day I dreaded. For those without a significant other it can be a lonely day. It was not easy to see co-workers receive deliveries of pretty red roses with plans for a romantic dinner after work, while my desk sat empty and my evening to be spent eating a Stouffer’s microwave dinner and watching Jeopardy. Besides the single crowd there’s the husband or wife, young or old, now widowed when this day once special is another painful day on the calendar. I think the romance of Valentine’s Day is a nice thing and my intention is not to be a spoil-sport, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was simply a day to extend love, goodness and peace to everyone. You remember, like we did as little kids when everyone in the classroom got a Valentine from every classmate. I think we had it right back then so no one was left out. Having said all that, I wish each and every one of you a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with kindness, friendship and joy from those you love.

Instead of the traditional colors of red and pink associated with this holiday, these cookies were decorated in yellow for friendship, and blue denoting peace and harmony. We could all use a little bit of both. 

Heart Cookies
Heart Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for detail tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for detail tinted Bright Green with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and AmeriColor Sky Blue
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tip #16, #24
Meringue Powder
CK Yellow Sanding Sugar
CK Soft Blue Sanding Sugar

Outline and flood half of cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing.

Outline and flood other half of cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing. Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe flowers in bright blue with #16 star tip. Pipe flowers in bright green with #24 star tip.
Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and 1 tsp water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to half of cookie.
Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 45 minutes.

Decorate some cookies in light blue.


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  1. These are so pretty and I love the colors. Sandy

    1. Sandy, Thank you! The yellow icing dried brighter than the pale yellow I envisioned, but the blue turned out to be the perfect shade.

  2. Pretty Cookies!
    Valentines...another day for Hallmark. lol
    I agree with you. Happy Valentines! Jacque

  3. What a work of art these heart cookies are! We too have a dinner at home with our children. My daughter refers to Valentine's day as "single awareness day". :)

    1. Hi Laura, Thank you! Your daughter has a nice sense of humor.

  4. SO gorgeous! They're the perfect way to share the love with everyone. Happy Valentine's Day, Joan!

  5. Wow! Your cookies are breathtaking. I don't know that I could eat them. I think I would rather set them on display and stare at them all day. :) #totallyimpressed

    1. Sammi, Thank you! So glad you dropped by. I assure you the best part is eating them!

  6. Oh Joan...I agree exactly with your sentiments about Valentine's Day. It would be great if the focus were to extend love and kindness throughout the day, even to total strangers! These cookies are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and the reasons you chose them. We all deserve a little peace in our hearts these days! :)

    1. Thanks Anne, Our concept may catch on and I love your idea of reaching out to strangers. I am loving your amazing and innovative salads at 'A Salad for All Seasons."

  7. Joan, these cookies are too pretty to eat! Just letting you know that I am featuring them tonight at Best of the Weekend!

    1. Amy, Thank you and I appreciate you featuring these cookies at BofW.


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