Heart-Shaped Cookies

Sugar Cookie Frosting

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Sugar Cookie Frosting


  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 7-8 Tablespoons milk (plus more if needed)
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles


  1. Place confectioner's sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency.
  3. Tint with food coloring.
  4. Using a spatula or knife, frost the cookies.
  5. If the frosting begins to thicken, add more milk and whisk.
  6. Top with sprinkles if desired.

As a homemade Valentine’s Gift for Michael I made sugar cookie! Shaped like hearts! So cute and so yummy. This recipe I used was a good one: it was easy to use, I had all the ingredients (unlike the recipes that called for corn syrup), the frosting harden up nicely and it tasted good. One tip: REALLY whisk the frosting to get the lumps out!

I’ve had the heart cookie cutter for awhile now and finally decided to use it. I wanted to decorate my heart cookies for the holiday, but I admit–my artist talent does not stretch to cookie decorating. So forgive my childlike decorations.

I had a bunch of food coloring leftover from when I had a Christmas Cookie Party. I used the red and the neon pink. I also had some leftover sprinkles of various colors. Perfect!

My tip for making this frosting recipe is to add the fluids slowly to the powdered sugar to prevent the lumps from forming and ruining your frosting. Let the cookies cool for a bit before frosting to save yourself a headache and a mess.

I also had some red cookie gel I finally got to try. I really liked it a lot. It was easy to use and not too messy. I ran out of it before I could finish all the cookies because it’s a pretty small tube.

I also decorated two cookies without any frosting. Here is my meager attempt at art:

Doing this little art project reminded me of just how out of practice I am with baking. I used to be so good at it. I made some really delicious and really pretty desserts back in the day. Since I don’t eat sweets like this that often, I rarely make it. So my hands are a little rusty now. I would love to take a baking class someday and learn some real tricks of the trade. But for now, this is what I got.

At least they tasted good, right?

QUESTION: What did you give your Valentine?

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