Heart cookies-Valentine strawberry is a perfect representation for the sweet holiday and definitely calls for special themed cookie to celebrate with. This year, I wanted to try a different technique using my two favorite Valentine colors of pink and red. Of course, hearts must be the focus, my favorite design for the signature holiday.
Super simple recipe makes these whimsical multicolored cookies easy to make in a flash. The recipe is a basic shortbread cookie recipe. No eggs required, making this a delicious and buttery cookie with a touch of strawberry emulsion flavoring. They melt in your mouth and the strawberry flavor just puts it over the top. Makes it perfect for the Valentine theme.
Here, I use a cookie cutter that has a plunger and even gives a bit of indentation when pressed simultaneously when cut. Makes a great mini heart inside the cookie in which to fill with chocolate….. if your “heart” desires. 🙂
Valentine Cookie Dough
Once the dough is made, it gets divided into two equal portions and colored pink and red. I use Wilton gel colors and add just a drop to get the desired color I like.
Dividing the dough is easy, I use my small kitchen scale on the grams setting to get a more exact reading to make sure each is equal in proportion.
Once they are rolled out and cut, you can gather the dough back and re-roll it for a different colored dough to give you a variety to the two-tone. Giving an assortment and variety of colors for perfectly themed decorated cookies.
Shaping Dough for Valentine Heart Cookies
- Once the dough is colored, it gets divided into 6 pieces; three of each color
- Each piece is rolled into a log
- Each log is pressed together with alternating colors to form one rectangular piece of dough
- Dough is rolled out to about 1/4″ thickness to make a striped cookie dough
- Heart cutter is used to cut the cookies, giving a striped cookie of pink and red dough
Decorating Heart Cookies
There are really no boundaries here for decorating these two-tone cookies. Here are a few ideas:
- Vanilla almond bark or candy melts, heated and drizzled
- Chocolate almond bark or candy melts, heated and drizzled
Check out this link for my previous Valentine cookie designs.
[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Valentine Swirl Heart Cookies – Valentine heart cookies swirled with pink and red dough decorated with vanilla and chocolate drizzle – + 1 TBS unsalted butter (softened), powdered sugar, sugar, + 1 TBS all purpose flour, salt, strawberry flavoring, pink and red coloring, , In a bowl in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugars and mix till combined.
Add the strawberry flavoring and mix, then add the flour and salt and mix till a dough is formed.
Remove the dough and split in half ( I use a scale with grams to divide evenly). Place one half of the dough back into the mixer, add one drop of pink color and mix till incorporated on low. Remove.; Add the other half of the dough back into the bowl and add one drop of red color to incorporated. Add more to desired color.
Divide both the pink and red dough into 3 equal pieces for a total of 6 pieces (3 of pink, 3 of red).; Roll each piece into a 12″ rope. Place first red rope on a piece of parchment paper. Place a piece of pink rope on top of the red one, gently pushing down on the red rope to flatten and cover the red rope. Continue this till all ropes are together. This should be a tower of corresponding ropes now.; Lay this layered dough of ropes stacked flat on the paper. Use your hands to straighten each right and left side.
Place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
Remove and place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough. Gently roll the dough ; Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Allow the dough to become warmer then gently roll out to about 1/4′ thickness.
Cut the dough with a heart cookie, cutting each heart closely to the previous one to get the most out of this rolled dough.
; Place each heart on the cookie sheet, about 2″ apart. Gather remaining dough and form into a ball. Re-roll dough into 1/4″ and cut more hearts till all the dough is used.; Bake 10-12 minutes till done. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
Decorate with drizzled candy and chocolate melts and sprinkles.; ; – <p>You can cut out the cookies and place in the refrigerator till ready to bake.</p> – Cookies[/wpurp-searchable-recipe]