Painted Heart Cookies For Valentine's Day

How To Paint Heart Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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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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INSTRUCTIONS

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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  • Reply
    Kirsten
    January 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    My son has used the markers with my mom (on sugar cookies). As I recall, the color is not very bright/saturated, and it obviously doesn’t go on super-smooth because of the texture of the cookies, but they do work!

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    Kristie
    January 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    We have used the markers before. The kids liked them pretty well. We had a really good experience making an egg yolk/food coloring wash and painting it on the cookies before baking. Then we piped icing on. The colors went on very bright using the egg yolk. Here is a link if you wanted to see…the picture is terrible because I used photo booth to take it instead of using my camera. http://sillygoofy.blogspot.com/2010/12/cookie-making-part-deux.html

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    [email protected] Chalk in my pocket
    January 29, 2011 at 12:04 am

    These are so neat! I haven’t had much luck with those markers but might give them another go now that my daughter is older. I remember the color looking really washed out when we used them last year.

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    Helen
    January 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    The food markers are great on glazed cookies. Probably not good straight onto the cookies.

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    Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids
    January 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Such a cool look, these are great.

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    Roopa
    January 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

    These look lovely! We have painted the glazed cookies as part of my daughter’s 3rd birthday party with ‘ART’ theme. She loved it a lot and the kids liked them pretty well. Here is the link …
    http://puttiprapancha.blogspot.com/2010/12/painted-cookies.html

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    Padma
    January 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    We used the Wilton edible markers and the results were not very good..the colors were not bright and some didn’t even show. I like the idea of food colors..your cookies look nice and bright. Will try ;-)

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    Julie
    January 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Since I’m terrible at decorating cakes with frosting I’ve used the markers on frosting sheets to decorate birthday cakes (since my daughter has been known to request things for her cake such as the dragon from My Father’s Dragon). The frosting sheet just dissolves into the cake frosting once you lay it on the cake. The colors come out bright and true so artwork would look lovely. I think for her birthday this year I will make cupcakes and she can decorate little circles of frosting sheet for each cupcake using the markers.

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    Tamrah T.
    January 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    That was my experience with edible makers, too. Terrific on glazed cookie surfaces: vibrant colors and easy for the kids to “paint” their designs on. (I say, “paint” because little ones didn’t have the control to lightly “draw” fine details as I was able to do.)

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Cheerful, easy process (except maybe all the baking!), light hearted, enjoyable, and just plain cute! I also love the blue princess in one of your pictures. I’m so glad you are documenting your life with photos. This precious time is now a treasure that will never disappear from your mind and from that of your kids.

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    Katie
    January 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    What a fun idea! I think I may do this with our preschool group next time it’s at my house. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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    erin
    January 30, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Such a wonderful idea, we’ll definitely be doing this!! :-)

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    Jenniferdknick
    January 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Lookin yummy!! Thanks for the great idea.
    Jennifer
    http://www.cooperating4boys.com

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    JDaniel4's Mom
    January 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    This is a great project. The cookies look wonderful.

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    Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids
    January 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Great idea, love the markers and all…but those angel wings are ADORABLE. :)

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    Jennifer
    January 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    We use the food markers on pancakes every Saturday morning. The kids love them. Ours are just now wearing out and we’ve had them for about 7 years. I love the idea of painting unbaked cookies. We’ll definitely be doing this before Valentine’s Day.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    What brand of food markers do you use? I wonder if they are different from the ones others are saying don’t work so well unless on glazed surfaces…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Maia wears her angel/fairy wings all.the.time! They were a Christmas gift from her grandma and were easily her favorite gift.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Great! I’ll have to give them a try!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Hmm. A frosting sheet? I don’t even know what that is or where to buy one. Sounds fun to use though.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’m loving taking the photos, too!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Looks great! I love the square cookies!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I love the egg yolk paint idea!

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    Katie
    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Do you know if this would work with pre-baked cookies?

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    Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now
    February 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    What a great activity before Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and directions. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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    sheila
    February 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Great idea! Great for dexterity too! I’m over from LivingMontessoris link on FB. Yummy post!

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    amy
    February 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    we did this last week and it was a huge hit. what a great suggestion to freeze the cutout shapes a bit so they would be easier to handle.

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    catering los angeles
    May 7, 2011 at 7:46 am

    We are always using the markers before…! The kids liked them pretty well…We had a really good experience making an egg yolk/food coloring wash and also painting it on….!

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