Valentine’s Heart Cookie Boxes

Some of you may have seen this coming…

After my 3-D Pumpkin Cookies, and 3-D Christmas Drums, I was bound to have a few more cookie treasure box ideas!

I’ve been looking forward to doing a Valentine’s Day version since the original Pumpkin Surprise Cookies, and the time has finally rolled around.  In some ways, I like this design the best, because you can customize the top of the box any way you want.

I chose a pretty classic design for the top, but the sky’s the limit for the colors and design!  These would be extra special personalized with a name, or maybe lovers initials (J+G).

Here’s how I made them…

I started with a batch of my Chocolate Roll Out Cookies.  You could certainly use a traditional Sugar Cookie Recipe, or any flavor of your choice.

Bake 3 or 4 heart cookies (of the same size) for each finished box.  If you use only 3 total cookies, the space inside for a treasure will be quite small (the depth of one cookie), appropriate for small candies (such as mini M&M’s, or just a note).  You can see in the finished photos, I made one box using 3 cookies, and the others using 4.

Bake full cookies (with no cut-outs).  After the cookies are baked and have cooled slightly, use a small heart cutter to cut out the centers of the cookies you’ll be using between the top and bottom cookie (either one or two cookies per set, depending on what you’ve decided you want to do).

Allow the cookies to fully cool.  Decorate one of the full heart cookies (for each set), which will be your top cookie.  You can find some decorating inspiration in my past Valentine’s cookie posts, here, here and here.

While the top cookies are drying, assemble your cookie boxes.  I used brown royal icing to hold together each layer.  If you use a thin line of icing (as shown below), it probably doesn’t matter what color you use, because it wont show.

Once the decorated cookie tops are dry (after several hours or overnight) add goodies of your choice (small candies, a special note, jewelry) to the box, and set the top on.

(above) 4 cookies ready for one box (a top, a bottom, and two center cookies)

(below) Use royal icing to adhere center cookie (or cookies) to the bottom cookie.



Fill the pretty cookie boxes with goodies of your choice (small candies, a special note, or jewelry), and share with people you love.


  1. So cute! I love the 3-D cookie idea! I bet kids love them! :)

  2. These are just darling. Love them!

  3. I still remember your clever Christmas Drum cookies. These are equally adorable!

  4. This just looks absolutely the cutest treats ever, Glory! Soo amazing! :)

  5. I think thesec are my favorites too, Glory! They are beautiful!

  6. qué cosa tan mona! preciosa la idea… besos!

  7. Glory, these are super pretty, simple elegance, and you make it easy for anyone to do them. Great pictures, too, as always! Valentine fever, you are creating! :)

  8. These are so great! My kids would be all over these!!

  9. These are super cute! They would surprise the kids so much, they would never see this coming! Thanks!

  10. This is one of the cutest things I have seen. You do the most detailed work so elegantly.

  11. These are awesome! I”ll be making these for sure! Thanks you yet again. :)

  12. Love these so much. These are my favorate out of all of your 3-D box cookies.

  13. These are so pretty, and I really love they way they look all packaged up witht he ribbon and lace. Great work! Love you!

  14. What if I cut – out the heart – shaped center before baking the cookies?
    Are baked cookies so soft that can be cutted?

    Thank you!

    • If you cut out the heart shape before you bake the cookies, they will likely spread a bit more than baking the full cookies, and will not line up nicely with the full cookies.

  15. Hi Glory! These are beautiful and I would love to make these! Do you know how far in advance I can make them? Thanks

    • Lili, With this chocolate cookie recipe, or my regular sugar cookie recipe, the cookies remain fresh at least 5-7 days after baking, if kept covered while not being decorated (or drying).

  16. I love your 3-D cookies. These are beautiful!

  17. These are so pretty! Wish I had the talent and patience to do them!

  18. While there are oh-so-many Valentine cookies out there, I think these have moved to the very tip-top of my list of favorites and love that this technique works for so many occasions. Encore, Encore!!!

  19. This really is a superb idea, Glory! So cute and unique and the whole idea of a Valentine box is perfect! Lovely design too!

  20. Oh yes, Glory, I rechristen these “YUM-in-a-BOX”! So lovely & not only for V-day. Thanks!

  21. These are seriously the best variation in the 3D surprise cookies I have EVER seen! So clever! LOVE LOVE

  22. Wow these are just awesome. I have a question! When u leave your top cookie to dry, is this left uncovered at room temperature? Is so, will the cookies not get soft and stale? Thank you :)

    • As with any decorated cookies, the drying time is between 4-12 hours before I would recommend packaging or layering them. No, the cookies will not get stale. The bottoms of the cookies are on the cookie sheet, and the top of the cookie is sealed with icing, so really very little cookie is exposed. Once the cookies are dry, cover in a sealed container, or wrap in cellophane bags.

  23. I love these! Such a cute treat/gift for someone special. Your decorated tops are just perfect. Perfect little roses!

  24. WOW, they are so beautiful, you’re so creative!

  25. These are just so beautiful, GLory!

  26. Gorgeous!! I love the red and pink against the chocolate cookies!

  27. Oh my goodness you are so talented! These are gorgeous!

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  29. These are amazing! Love the colors too!

  30. Wow:) So nice and easy! It looks very cute:) And where did you get pink M&Ms’?

  31. Glory, these are as gorgeous as they are adorable! Your work is perfection — so clean and crisp. Love that! xo

  32. so glad to have found a link to you … i am floating on cloud nine with your link… marvelous!!!!

  33. So cuuute for valentine’s day !

    Thank you so much for sharing !

  34. These are absolutely lovely. Would you mind sharing which tips you used to pipe the decorations? Your website is so pretty to look at :)

  35. Such a lovely gift for someone special! Great photos!
    Zoe xxx

  36. Fabulous idea Glory! These are absolutely gorgeous cookies!

  37. What size tip did you use to outline the cookies with the royal icing roses? I bought the tips for the roses and leaves, but am unsure what size I need for the outline. I’m not very good at cookie decroating, so want to use the roses and outlines on plain cookies that haven’t been iced. Will a dab of corn syrup “glue” them to the cookies?

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  39. These are so cute! =)
    What a wonderful Valentines gift!

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  42. just adorable!!

    I linked to your recipe on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

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  48. I will never forget these cookies, they inspired me and got me making cookies something I needed more than I knew for so many reasons.

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  50. i just found these cookie boxes and am going to make them this week. My question is how thick is each layer of cookie. And how many inches high is the finished box. So excited to give them a try. Thanks Kathy

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  57. You make it look so easy. Yours are so pretty. I love them

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