With the crummy weather dumping buckets of snow (or ice!) in a large part of the country, there has never been a better excuse for a Valentines Day baking project. I made these conversation heart sugar cookies last year to occupy myself during a snowstorm that left me homebound and they were a huge success. Other than being completely adorable, they are so delicious. This is an excellent soft sugar cookie recipe that I got my hands on last year (thanks Erin!) and it is definitely my kind of cookie recipe. I always prefer soft over crispy.
I’m usually an anti-gimmicky kitchen gadget kind of girl, but this Message in a Cookie set had me swooning at Williams – Sonoma last year. It’s taking up valuable kitchen storage space (yes, every little bit counts), but it’s well worth it and you get a variety of shapes for other special occasions throughout the year. It’s like letterpress for a cookie!
After making the dough and achieving perfect conversation heart colors, I let the dough rest overnight before beginning the project. While this dough results in a perfectly soft & cake-y consistency, it can be a bit finicky and it’s important that the dough is chilled when you work with it. In fact, after my dough had chilled in the fridge all night, I still stuck it in the freezer just before rolling it out so that it would be a bit easier to work with. After rolling out the dough (on a very well floured surface) I started pressing away. It took me a minute to get the hang of it, but I soon figured it out and starting plugging in my own Valentines messages. There is plenty of time to get your hands on this cookie cutter set and have a love-ly day of baking before the holiday arrives. I would gladly take sugar cookies over roses any day.