Valentine’s Day Heart Hidden Treasure Cookies
Do you like to bake for your family? I definitely do! I especially love making fun holiday themed treats. I had seen these cookies before around Halloween and made pumpkins for my kids and their cousins. This year I decided to make Valentine’s Day Heart Hidden Treasure Cookies.
The cookies start out with my basic Sugar Cookie recipe that you can find below. The recipe was handed down to me from my mom and I’m not sure where she got it from herself. It makes a nice, fluffy, easily roll-able cookie dough.
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups flour (more if needed - add until dough isn't sticky)
- Cream the sugar and shortening.
- Beat the eggs
- Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, baking powder and salt and mix on high speed until fully combined.
- Slowly add the flour - add above 4 cups if the dough is still sticky.
- Refrigerate the dough until chilled.
- Roll on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut into shapes.
- Bake at 375 until lightly browned - roughly 10-12 minutes.
- Two heart cookie cutters – 1 large and 1 medium
- Conversation hearts
- Gummy hearts
- Buttercream Frosting (I use the Wilton recipe found here)
- Food coloring (I used red to make a light pink frosting)
- Star tip, Regular tip
Roll and cut three large hearts per cookie that you want to make. The dough recipe should have been enough to make 6 or 7 completed cookies. Bake the cookies 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Before you transfer the cookies to a cooling sheet use the medium heart cookie cutter to remove the center of one third of the cookies – this will be the center layer of your completed cookie.
Let the cookies cool completely. Place one large heart on your counter and pipe a thin layer of buttercream around the outside edge of the cookie. Stack one of the hearts that is missing its center on top (check to make sure you have enough frosting for the cookies to stick together). Fill the center of the cookie with conversation hearts or gummy hearts or a combo of both (I had to cut the gummy hearts in half to make them thin enough for the lid to close).
To finish place one large heart on top of the other two cookies as the lid and decorate the lid.
My kids were thrilled to see these cookies and even more thrilled to eat one! Who would you make these for?
It was my dad’s birthday celebration the day after I made the cookies so he was a lucky recipient of one of the cookies in a cute Valentine’s day treat box.
Join us in the Valentine’s Day Free Unit Study by taking a peak at some more great ideas below:
Valentine’s Day Board Books for Young Ones from The Jenny Evolution
Valentine Math Worksheet from iGameMom
I Love You Because Read + Make from My Storytime Corner
Preschool Letter Match Valentine Matching Game from Schooling a Monkey
Valentine’s Day Color by Letter/Sight Word from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading