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How To Paint Heart Cookies for Valentine’s Day

by Jean Van't Hul
January 28, 2011
Painted Heart Cookies

We painted some heart cookies with food coloring recently, just for fun.

And you know, because we have to do all things heart related around Valentine’s Day.

Here’s how we did it…

How To Paint Heart Cookies

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1. Roll and cut dough

First, roll out the sugar cookie dough and cut into hearts. Place the dough on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and freeze.

Tip :: Freezing the cookies makes them easier for the kids to work with and means they won’t get smooshed out of shape during the process.

Painting heart cookies for Valentine's Day

2. Mix paint

While the heart cookies freeze, prepare the “paint” by diluting the food coloring with water or milk to create the shades and tints desired.

Note :: We did this once before (painting directly on the uncooked cookies) but the colors were too dark and intense, so this time I diluted the food coloring with water (yellow and red) and milk (pink) first and think the colors worked out really well.

3. Paint cookies

Now it’s time to paint the cookies using Q-tips (cotton buds) as brushes.

Painting heart cookies for Valentine's Day

I make these kids do art to get treats!

4. Bake cookies

Finally, bake the cookies according to the recipe guidelines.

Painted Heart Cookies for Valentine's Day

After baking the cookies, the kids admired their artworks briefly, then ate them!

We’ve also painted with food coloring on glazed cookies and glazed cupcakes. It’s a very different look, but works equally well. And of course we decorate with icing and sprinkles.

I’ve been really curious about the edible “Food Writer” markers, though. Has anyone used them?


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