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.

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64 Responses to “Valentine’s Heart Cookie Boxes”

  1. #
    Chloe — January 28, 2013 at 12:51 am

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

  2. #
    Lora — January 28, 2013 at 3:00 am

    These are just darling. Love them!

  3. #
    Bellenza Bistro — January 28, 2013 at 3:51 am

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

  4. #
    Aikko @ Bake Happy — January 28, 2013 at 5:36 am

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

  5. #
    Sue — January 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

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

  6. #
    MASCAKE SCARLETT — January 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

    qué cosa tan mona! preciosa la idea… besos!

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    Nancy Paine — January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    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. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — January 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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

  9. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — January 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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

  10. #
    Charlotte Moore — January 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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

  11. #
    Laura — January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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

  12. #
    Joy Adams — January 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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

  13. #
    Cecilia — January 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    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. #
    Mojca — January 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

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

    Thank you!

    • Glory replied: — January 28th, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

      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.

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    Lili — January 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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

    • Glory replied: — January 28th, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

      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. #
    Emily ~So Domesticated~ — January 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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

  17. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — January 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

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

  18. #
    MaryK — January 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    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. #
    Whisked Away Cookies — January 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

    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. #
    ChictiquesCafe — January 29, 2013 at 12:59 am

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

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    ButterYum — January 29, 2013 at 1:47 am


  22. #
    Lindsay Ann @ Dollhouse Bake Shoppe — January 29, 2013 at 2:05 am

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

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    Renuka — January 29, 2013 at 5:49 am

    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 :)

    • Glory replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 6:31 am

      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.

  24. #
    Amanda — January 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Fun! Pretty!

  25. #
    sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more — January 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    so cute!

  26. #
    Paula — January 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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

  27. #
    brantcookies — January 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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

  28. #
    SweetSugarbelle — January 30, 2013 at 12:47 am

    These are just so beautiful, GLory!

  29. #
    The Bearfoot Baker — January 30, 2013 at 1:24 am

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

  30. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

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

  31. #
    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — February 1, 2013 at 5:31 am

    These are amazing! Love the colors too!

  32. #
    Yuliia — February 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

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

  33. #
    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

  34. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    You did a gorgeous job on these!!!

  35. #
    rosemarie f. araneta — February 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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

  36. #
    Le renard et les raisins — February 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    So cuuute for valentine’s day !

    Thank you so much for sharing !

  37. #
    Laura — February 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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

  38. #
    Zoe Alexander — February 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

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

  39. #
    Beckie — February 8, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Fabulous idea Glory! These are absolutely gorgeous cookies!

  40. #
    Deborah — February 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    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?

  41. #
    Melissa B — February 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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

  42. #
    doro von Hand zu Hand — January 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

    just adorable!!

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

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

  43. #
    Kimberlie — October 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    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.

  44. #
    Kathy — January 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    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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    Tiana Patterson — February 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    This is a good and cute project to do for valentines day

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