Conversation Heart Cookies

What better way to say "I'm Yours" than with a conversation heart? But we're not talking the super-sweet boxed candies—this grown-up version takes the spirit of a conversation heart and turns it into a full-fledged dessert. Forget candy and construction paper! This Valentine's Day show your love with a fresh batch of heart cookies, sweet message included. Although these Conversation Heart Cookies are certainly more elegant than your childhood boxed candies, these cookies are perfect sweet treats for kids and adults alike. You can write your very own custom message—stick with the classics or feel free to get as creative as you'd like.This simple cookie couldn't be any easier to execute. Be sure to let the dough chill for at least 1 hour so it holds its heart shape once baked. If you're piping in a pinch and don't have piping bags accessible, you can snip the corner of a Ziploc bag and use it as a makeshift piping bag. And voilà—you've got the perfect Valentine's Day dessert!


  • 2 cups butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • Parchment paper

  • Royal Icing


  1. Beat butter and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Whisk together powdered sugar, flour, and baking powder. Gradually add sugar mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Flatten dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour to 3 days.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters. Place 8 cookies 1/2 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cook on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely (about 20 minutes).

  4. Follow the wet-on-wet icing technique to decorate cookies. Let dry 1 hour. Using royal icing with a wet consistency, pipe a thin border around the edge of the cookie. Fill in the center of the cookie with an even layer of icing.

  5. To smooth the surface, swirl a wooden pick in a circular motion around the entire pool of icing, starting at the edges and moving towards the center.

  6. Immediately pipe another color of icing, the same consistency as the first, onto the base layer of icing. Manipulate the design gently with a wooden pick.

    Conversation Heart Cookies
    Southern Living
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