I love cute cookies…. I also love cookies that don’t take 10 hours to decorate! These Cute & Simple Valentine’s Cookie Sticks are a perfect little treat to share with the people you love!
I love decorating cookies, but don’t always have the time for complex designs. For most of my cookies, I love using fun colors and simple designs to create something that is cute, delicious and simply makes a “sweet” little gift for family and friends.
I’ve seen a few cookie friends making fun things with simple, thin rectangle shapes and wanted to play along. My sweet friend Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie has made several fun ones, and the talented artists behind Melissa Joy Cookies, The Cookie Corner, and Munchkin Munchies have each done some beautiful designs on skinny rectangles.
I have a large rectangle cookie cutter that I’ve used in the past to cut smaller shapes from, but I realized it would be so nice to be able to cut several long rectangles at once. I contacted my friends over at Truly Mad Plastics and told them what I had in mind… a few days later I had these awesome cutters delivered!
For these Simple Valentine’s Cookie Sticks I used the cutter that makes 1″x4″ cookies. Feel free to adjust the dimensions to your liking, and you can certainly cut them out individually using a knife (and ruler) on well chilled dough.
Let’s get started!
For these cookies you’ll need…
A batch of cookie dough using my Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe.
A batch of Royal Icing.
I prepared thick/outline consistency icing in white, red, pink and blue, and fitted them with 1.5PME tips. I also prepared a medium/flood consistency icing in the same colors, and fitted those bags with a #2 tip.
Note- The thick/outline icing should be about the thickness of toothpaste. Thick enough that it stays in place when piped onto a cookie, but not so thick that it hurts your hand to squeeze out the bag.
Medium/flood consistency icing should be about the thickness of shampoo, or corn syrup. Just thin enough that when you are stirring the icing in a bowl and you pick up the spoon and allow icing from the spoon to fall into the bowl, the line of icing should disappear into the rest of the icing in about 12-15 seconds.
Step 1- Outline one or two cookies at a time, using thick/outline icing and a #1.5 or #2 tip.
Step 2- Immediately fill in the cookie using medium/flood consistency icing and a #2 tip.
Step 3- As soon as you’ve flooded the cookie, and the icing (on the cookie) has leveled out, drop dots of medium/flood consistency icing in your choice of colors.
Step 4- (see photo above and below) Use a toothpick to drag a line from the top of each dot, down through the dot. After running through one dot (and just before you touch the next dot), pick up the toothpick and wipe the end onto a paper towel or cloth. Immediately continue with each additional dot. If you run a toothpick down through all of the dots at once, the colors will run from one dot to the next. This works fine if all of your dots are the same color, as I did with these Simple Heart Cookies, but I would not recommend it for multi color dots.
Step 5 – You’re done! Set aside and move to the next cookie. Allow icing to dry 8 hours before packaging cookies.
For the other designs pictured above, I just played around with a combination of hearts and lines. For the striped cookies, I outlined and flooded the cookies, then used the thicker/outline consistency icing for the stripes.
Play around with any combination of dots, hearts and stripes. If you want to outline the cookie in one color (such as blue, pink or red) and then flood in another color (such as white), allow the outline to dry just a bit (15 minutes or more) before filling in with white.
Looking for more sweet Valentine’s Day ideas? Find more cute cookies, delicious cupcakes, and pretty cakes by browsing my past Valentine’s Day posts.