Valentine Cookie Decorating Ideas

Deidre Dykes
toothpick heart cookies
Toothpick heart cookies

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for sweet treats for your sweetheart. Decorated cookies are a great way to say, "I love you" to the special people in your life. Using either store-bought or homemade cookies, these simple yet elegant decoration techniques will help to tell the world how you feel.

Toothpick Heart Cookies

This simple decorating technique is popular for a reason: it's easy and attractive. Using just some simple icing and a toothpick, it's a straightforward way to make lovely cookies with a fun heart theme to them. This is great for beginners to practice piping and to create treats with a lovely icing design.

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Lay the cookies out on a few baking sheets or on a work space covered in parchment paper (for easy clean up!).
  2. Mix up half of the royal icing with the red dye and immediately put it into one of the icing bags.
  3. With the white icing in the other bag, draw a border a centimeter or two in from the edge of half of the cookies.
  4. Fill in the rest of the inside of the border with icing. Repeat with that half of the cookies, working quickly - royal icing sets fast!
  5. Gently shake the try or each cookie to spread the icing out and remove any air bubbles.
  6. With the red icing bag, make a row of dots about 1/4-inch apart in a heart shape about 1/2-inch in from the outer icing border.
  7. Take a toothpick or other device and drag it through the line of dots, creating little heart shapes. Repeat on the iced white cookies.
  8. Now repeat steps 3-7 with the blank cookies, icing them in red and making the dots in white.
  9. Let the icing set up for at least 15 minutes before moving or packaging the cookies.

Conversation Cookies

Conversation Valentine Cookies

Much like those cute conversation heart candies, decorated cookies can be a great way to send an affectionate message to a loved one. Whether you make or buy these base heart-shaped cookies, they're a perfect canvas for a work of edible art. Using royal icing and a steady hand, these decorated cookies are good for an intermediate icing artist.

Supplies

  • 2 to 3 dozen heart-shaped sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, or shortbread cookies
  • 1 recipe of royal icing
  • Wilton Icing Color in Red-Red and Pink
  • 3 icing bags with Wilton round tip #2
  • Parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Divide the cookies across three baking sheets or on a work space covered in parchment paper so clean-up is easy.
  2. Divide the icing into three equal parts. Color one third red, one third pink, and leave the remaining part white.
  3. With the red icing in the bag, draw a border a centimeter or two in from the edge on one third of the cookies.
  4. Fill in the rest of the inside of the border with red icing. Repeat with one third of the cookies, working quickly because royal icing will set fast.
  5. Gently shake the tray or each cookie to spread the icing out and remove any air bubbles.
  6. With the pink icing in one of the bags, make a heart border around the outside of the cookie, just at the edge of the red icing.
  7. With the white icing bag, carefully write a message in the center of the cookie. It could be "KISS ME," "BE MINE," "FOR EVER," or any other short message.
  8. Add decorative dots or piped hearts with pink icing.
  9. Follow steps 3-8 with the other two thirds of the cookies; one third covered with pink icing and one with white.
  10. Some cookies can also be accent cookies, decorated with dots, hearts, Xs and Os, or a plaid pattern.

Stamped Fondant Cookies

Stamped Fondant Valentine Cookies

Fondant is a fun and easy way to dress up homemade or store-bought cookies. Using easy-to-find rubber stamps from the craft store, these fondant cut outs can go from simply sweet to utterly elegant in mere moments.

Supplies

  • 2 to 3 dozen heart-shaped sugar cookies or shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 of a recipe of vanilla buttercream frosting
  • A butter knife or small spatula
  • 1 package Decorator Preferred White Fondant
  • Powdered sugar
  • Wilton icing color in Rose and Leaf Green
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter in the same size as the cookies or, if that is unavailable, a slightly smaller one will do
  • Several assorted rubber stamps in flower, lace, or heart shapes

Instructions

  1. Divide the fondant in half and place in two large bowls. With a few drops of the icing color, dye one half rose and one half leaf green. Add the dye and carefully fold the fondant over, working it in by hand until the color is evenly distributed throughout.
  2. Dust your workspace with a little powdered sugar. Using the rolling pin, evenly roll out the rose half of the fondant on your workspace until it is a little less than ¼-inch thin. If you desire, you can use rolling pin spacers to ensure even rolling.
  3. Cut out 12-16 hearts, keeping the cut outs as close together as possible to maximize the fondant. It's possible to bunch up the fondant scraps and re-roll those out to try to squeeze a few more hearts out.
  4. Using the rubber stamps, gently press one design into the center of each fondant heart. Don't press down too hard! You're looking to make a light impression, not cut or weaken the fondant layer.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the leaf green fondant.
  6. Lay the cookies out on a few baking sheets or on a work space covered in parchment paper to make clean up easier when you finish.
  7. Using a knife or small spatula, spread a small amount of buttercream frosting on each cookie. It doesn't have to go all the way to the edge, and it doesn't have to be pretty! It's just going to be acting as glue for the fondant.
  8. Gently place each fondant heart on top of one frosted cookie, carefully pressing it into place so it sticks. Don't stretch or press hard with your fingertips so you can avoid leaving marks on the cookies.

Rose Cookies

Rose heart cookie

Nothing says, "I love you" like a beautiful, blooming rose. It's a timeless symbol of adoration. Tell your beloved how you really feel with this intermediate-to-advanced level cookie, which combines two different icing styles and decorating techniques.

Supplies

  • 2 to 3 dozen heart-shaped sugar cookies or shortbread cookies
  • 1 recipe of royal icing
  • 1 recipe of buttercream frosting
  • 1 icing bag with Wilton round tip #2
  • 1 icing bag with Wilton leaf tip #65
  • 1 icing bag with Wilton rose petal tip #104
  • Wilton 1 ½ inch #7 flower nail
  • Wilton icing color in Rose and Leaf Green
  • Parchment paper, cut in 1 ½ inch squares
  • Scissors or a small knife

Instructions

  1. Lay the cookies out on a few baking sheets or on a work space covered in parchment paper (for easy clean up!).
  2. With the white icing in the bag with the round tip #2, draw a border a centimeter or two in from the edge of each of the cookies.
  3. Fill in the rest of the inside of the border with icing. Repeat with all cookies, moving swiftly so the icing does not dry.
  4. Gently shake the try or each cookie to spread the icing out and remove any air bubbles.
  5. Let the royal icing set up for at least 10 minutes before continuing to work with them.
  6. In the meantime, divide the buttercream in half, into two bowls. Color one half with the rose icing color and the other half with leaf green.
  7. Put the rose-colored frosting into the bag with rose tip #104.
  8. Put the leaf green-colored frosting in the bag with leaf tip #65.
  9. Take the flower nail and put a small dot of buttercream on the center of it to anchor a small square of parchment.
  10. Make enough icing roses for each of the iced cookies, using the slightly open scissors or knife to transfer each one gently onto the firm royal icing surface.
  11. Using the bag with the green frosting, make some small leaves, starting them right at the base of the roses.

Other Ideas

dipped heart cookies

Plenty of other romantic ideas abound, like:

  • Dipped hearts: Using homemade or store-bought cookies, dip only half of them in white chocolate (you can use white chocolate with a few drops of icing color or purchase candy melts in your chosen color) and roll them in assorted sprinkles.
  • Lacey heart cookies: Using the same royal icing technique above, fill in a heart-shaped cookie with white and decorate with thin, red swirls and dots to emulate lace.
  • Dipped cookies: Using store-bought cookies, dip them in icing and then roll them in pink, red, white, and heart-shaped sprinkles.
Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies
  • Linzer cookies: These are traditionally made as a sandwich cookie with raspberry jam in the middle and a small cut-out window on the top cookie. Consider making these in a heart shape and/or with a heart-shaped window.
  • Lips cookies: Using a lip-shaped cookie cutter or a heart-shaped cookie cutter, decorate the cookies to look like lips. Use two different shades of pink royal icing: one to fill in the cookie and the other to draw an accent line across the middle.

Treats Ready for Romance

Your sweetie is going to love the homemade touch you put on cookies to share. Make some extras and spread the love with friends, family, and neighbors!

Valentine Cookie Decorating Ideas