Simple Heart Valentine’s Cookies {Decorating how-to}

I love when a simple technique can be used to make something look extra special.  These heart Valentine’s cookies are super easy to decorate, but yield impressive results.

I started with a batch of Chocolate roll-out cookie dough.  I used a medium sized heart cutter to cut my shapes, then a small heart to cut out the center.  You can bake up the mini hearts, or roll the dough back together to make more hearts with cut-outs.

When your cookies are baked and cooled, prepare a batch of Royal Icing.  To copy this design, you’ll only need two bags of icing, one red and one white, both in a medium consistency.  Certainly, adding pink details to these cookies would be beautiful as well.

How to create a string of hearts with icing…

1.  Outline the cookies (as shown).  Allow the outline to set up a bit (about 30 minutes).

2.  Flood cookie with white icing.

3.  Immediately, add dots (as shown).

4.-6.  As soon as dots have settled into the white icing (about 30 seconds), drag a toothpick from the top center of the heart cookie, through the first dot.  Continue dragging the toothpick through all of the dots on one half of the cookie, in one continuous motion (as seen above).

7.  Repeat on the other side of the cookie, starting at the top, drag a toothpick through the dots.

8.  Allow cookies to dry (about 8 hours).

9.  Share with someone you love  =)

Happy Decorating!

84 comments

  1. I love when simple things look so great!

  2. these are so dainty and pretty!

  3. beutiful!so pretty!i love your blog and all to make you!!!

  4. These are absolutely adorable!! Love the color contrast :)

  5. OMG!!
    this is so beautiful!

  6. Pure perfection – pinning!!

    :)
    ButterYum

  7. Those are great cookies, I know mine would not look as nice as yours!!!

  8. Very pretty and easy to do thanks.

  9. amazing!! i love it! hugs from spain! :)

  10. so so so pretty……perfect for a tea table.

  11. It's simply wonderful thanks so so much for sharing love and tutorial.

  12. These are beautiful ! Love them!!

  13. This is amazing! So pretty!

  14. Beautiful…as you explain looks easy to decorate, but I don't know, I found it a little bit complicate, I mean, transform the dots into hearts..

  15. These are simple, yes…..but spectacular! These are gorgeous!

  16. These are adorable! I've been wanting to make decorated cookies for valentine's day this year.

  17. These are beautiful! Love this valentine treat :)

  18. So pretty! And you make it look so easy:) I never knew how to make those hearts before, thanks.

  19. Love all what you do!!!!

  20. These look stunning – a little different too with the middle cut out!
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  21. These look amazing. Lee x

  22. This blog never fails to make my jaw drop! HOW do you do things so NEATLY?? I guess it's practice but my what a steady hand you must have. Thank you so much for all that you share!
    Hugs,
    Caryn xxx

  23. Perfectly pretty, as usual!

  24. So simple yet absolutely gorgeous!

  25. I love the look of these. And I'm sure they are as delicious as they are pretty.

  26. thank you so much for the easy step by step break down, I am going to try these

  27. Ooooo…I love these. So beautiful!!

  28. Nice job again! Better watch that photo…I can see someone "stealing" it like so many of your beautiful photos!

  29. These are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  30. Beautiful and festive cookies! LOVE!

  31. Yum! I'm not great with royal icing so I may have to make a few batches before they look presentable! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

  32. So beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat!

  33. Cute and simple Valentine's Day idea. The creative touches are perfect! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  34. They are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing

  35. These are stunning! You make it seem so easy.

  36. Wow these are gorgeous! You're work is always breathtaking!

  37. Wow! I Love, Love, Love these cookies. These are so amazing.

  38. So, so, so pretty… love your hearts!

  39. Thay are awesome! Totally love them.

  40. These are so gorgeous! You make it look so simple. I have been so keen to try this whole royal icing thing out but it just looks so daunting! I will have too bookmark this post :)

  41. Beautiful! I love that cookies…

  42. These are so cute and look delicious! They are just beautiful. I hope you will link them up to my I Heart Projects Linky Party.
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  43. This looks beatiful. Would love for you to share your gorgeous pictures with us at foodepix.com.

  44. Love, Love, LOVE these!!!
    Thank you for the how to : )

  45. These are so beautiful! I love it!

  46. Yummy I would LOVE for you to stop over and link up in HAPPY FRIDAY- the theme is Valentine. Everyone who links up today will get a Pin from me on Pinterest! Hope you join in the tasty fun!

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  47. Those are so so cute!! The dark cookie is so pretty with the white and red!

  48. These made my eyes POP!!! This is THE prettiest Valentine cookie I've seen yet!! Love them. :)

  49. I am too scared of royal icing to make these, but oh my are they GORGEOUS!!!

  50. Your treats are so beautiful and I especially love how you photograph them all!

  51. Thanks for the tips! Would love these on Valentine's :)

  52. These are so gorgeous Glory! Thanks for sharing the technique! I love the tutorial, your beautiful cookies and perfect photography! Thanks! Cristin

  53. So cute…
    i also just found cool ideas for Gifts on Valentine day from here > http://mygiftsvalentineday.com/

    :)

  54. Oh you're killin' me!!! I can't decide between these, the chocolate chip roll out cookies, or the chocolate cookie/cherry icing sandwich cookies!!! I want to do them all, but don't have time!! :-) you are very talented. Thanks for the inspiration.
    -Kirsten
    Houston, TX

  55. I tried Royal frosting for the first time last week. It was tricky at first, but I got the hang of it. I found your site while perusing ideas on pinterest – and I LOVE your work and the tutorials – it has really helped!Do you ever add butter flavor (or any other, for that matter) to the frosting?

  56. Beautiful!! And not hard to do, Love that!

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  58. Very, very nice! Simply but have a great effect!

  59. Very good idea, lovely recipes. Nice design.
    Andreja

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  60. Very cute- love the tutorial!

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  62. these look amazing!
    I'm going to attempt them so could you please tell me what size piping tip you use for the red outlines?

  63. @Tip size- I used a #1.5 PME brand tip to outline, but you could use a #2 as well.

  64. Simply PERFECTION in every way!
    Maryann

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  66. Beautiful and so easy!! i don’t know why but I never though about making an outline first….

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  68. felicitaciones es muy lindo lo que haces es un arte

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  72. OH MY! This are the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing it! I will try make some on my own! Thank you!
    Maja

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  74. Thank you very much for this tutorial. I made these cookies for Valentine’s Day and they were such a success. My daughters took them at school and their classmates went crazy :) Although it was a rainy day when I made the royal icing and it was not perfect like yours :)

  75. brilliant !!!

    i do not comment on the Internet much, but this idea, is just AWESOME

    too bad i did not find it earlier, as i wont find sich heart shaped plate in time, but this is simply breath taking..

    and many many good ideas on this blog too :)

    keep it up, excellent, really manifique work :)

    piece of art and hats down :)

    will surprise my loved one with this :)

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