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Iced Heart Cookies

Recipe photo courtesy of CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Rolling the dough between two sheets of floured parchment keeps it from sticking to the rolling pin. Dip the cutters in flour as well before each cut, and dust the spatula, too, before transferring the uncooked dough to the baking sheets. For icing techniques, see 4 Inspired Ways to Decorate Cookies for Valentine's Day.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2017
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Royal Icing:


Cook's Notes

If you want an icing with thinner consistency, which is usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. If you're decorating cookies for children, pregnant women, or anyone with a compromised immune system, use meringue powder instead of egg whites.

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  • c.shev
    3 MAR, 2017
    Does anyone know if the "paint" brushed on the cookies is food colouring that has been watered down or is it straight colouring and if watered, how much water/colour ratio. Thank you
    • MS11837920
      14 FEB, 2018
      When I googled cookie icing paint, it says to tint part of your same royal icing and apply with a brush.
  • MS10270700
    14 FEB, 2017
    I made these yesterday and they are WONDERFUL!!! But, I have not used royal icing before and didn't realize how long it takes it to set on the cookies. Still delicious but bake them early of you are planning to package them up (like me).
    8 FEB, 2017
    WOW, heart cookies ....You know my boyfriend really like cookies , in this valentine day i will definitely make this cookies.
    8 FEB, 2017
    I followed the recipe to the teeth. I baked them exactly 12 min, rotated as stated. The cookies turned out fabulous! My icing was a bit thicker, because I had smaller egg. But I was fine working with little bit thicker icing. What a perfect Valentine present! We have beautiful scrumptious cookies that just melt on your tongue! Thank you Martha!
  • rebgel
    6 FEB, 2017
    I followed the directions carefully & baked them for 12 min. But they did not look golden so left them in a bit more. Pulled them out when they were "golden". After they cooled off they were very crunchy. From looking at other recipes it sounds like you should take out when they are just set. The royal iceing recipe was great. It was my first time making this kind of Iceing. It was a lot of fun decorating the cookies. They taste great just too hard.

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