From the LivingFirst Blog:
With Valentine’s Day only a week away, the pressure is on to find fun and easy ways to celebrate and show your family that you love them.
Nothing says “I Love You” like food, right? Though, when searching for the perfect recipe to make with your kids, it’s easy to feel like you need a professional catering team to come up with some of these treats.
Making treats for Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be complicated — we did say “fun and easy,” didn’t we?
A common recipe out there is for Sugar Cookie Conversation Hearts, however waiting around for cookies to bake and cool off can be tedious for some of the younger kids.
A simple solution? Skip the baking!
What you’ll need:
- Store bought sugar cookies — most grocery stores have these in the bakery section where they sell their muffins and loaves of bread
- Heart shaped cookie cutters — assorted sizes depending on the size of cookie you bought
- White icing — enough to separate so you have different colors
- Assorted food coloring — whatever colors your kids want to use
- Whatever kind of “decorating icing” you prefer to use — this is to add the message to your conversation hearts
Now, for the kids who can’t write words yet and can’t apply their own icing pick up sprinkles, small candies used to decorate such as M&Ms or Skittles, or anything you can think of that would look good on a cookie. That way, all ages can be included.
- First, separate your white icing into bowls and add your different food colorings. Remember, the more food coloring, the more intense the color will be. Start out with one or two drops and add as needed.
- Next, help the kids use the cookie cutters to cut the sugar cookies into hearts. Don’t forget to enjoy snacking on the leftover pieces.
- After that, apply your favorite colored icing to the cookie. This part can obviously get a little messy, but it’s supposed to be fun!
- Once that icing is smoothed on, it’s time to get creative. Use your decorating icing to write messages on the cookies or add candies — there are no limits here.
Easy enough, right?
Cutting out the baking makes this entirely about sitting around a table and spending time together.