I’m the rare person who actually likes the conversation hearts you find for Valentine’s Day. I don’t know if I really love the flavors (side note: there is a new sour version that I am loving this year) but I love seeing them in the store and checking out the little messages on them. I decided to get a little creative and make these conversation heart cookies for my family.
This recipe is so simple that really anyone can do it with minimal time and efforts. Before we get too far down the road, I have to admit I’m not pastry chef level of baker. I’m an okay baker and haven’t quite perfected the sugar cookie recipe that people envy and I also don’t have tons of time. The whole measuring out all the ingredients with a 3 year old under foot is another challenge. I will spend time working on that recipe and making it my own along with having a perfect helper in the kitchen but not this week. Hence, my semi-homemade cookies. I just added a small ingredient to the premade sugar cookie dough to make these perfect for rolling out.
- Premade Sugar Cookie Dough
- 1/2 cup Flour per 16 oz of dough
- Gel Food Coloring
- Edible Food Writer Markers
- Let premade sugar cookie dough come to room temperature.
- Add 1/2 c flour to cookie dough and mix until smooth. (i.e. 8 oz - 1/4 c; 32 oz - 1 c)
- Divide dough into equal amounts based upon colors (i.e. 4 colors, 4 equal parts).
- Add gel food coloring to each section and knead until evenly spread.
- Roll dough with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut as desired using cookie cutters, knives, etc.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 8 - 10 minutes.
- Let fully cool.
- Write sayings with food writer markers.
For the color of the cookies, I added in this gel food coloring. One thing I have to recommend is using gel food coloring when baking over the liquid. The gel doesn’t change the consistency of the dough at all, which is important when baking. A few extra drops of liquid can throw it all off.
One tip is that writing on these cookies is easier if you let them sit for a day or so. That way they’ve had plenty of time to cool and start to harden up just a little more. Because these are semi-homemade, the quality isn’t changing that much over the course of the day.
For the decorating, I used these writable edible markers. They were incredibly easy to write on. I just recommend making sure to remove the crumbs as much as you can and wiping the tip every so often on a piece of paper towel because the tip get a few crumbs.
And that’s it. These are so simple and I loved making them because I could personalize them to fit my friends and family. I sent a few to school with my son and wrote his name on them. I took some to a friend who had a new baby and wrote “Baby Boy” on hers. For my Mochas, I even wrote “Much Mocha Love” on them.
Are you up for trying these yourself? They’re so simple that I’ll be using this again and again for special occasions. I’d love to see how they turn out. Tag me on social media if you do. I’m on IG at headbandfortoday and FB at hb4today.