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Valentine's Day Heart Cookies

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Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff

No need for picking up tons of Valentine's Day candies — thanks to Pillsbury, we have the perfect sweet treat to make with your kids.

Even the smallest little lovelies can get involved with baking special cookies that send a message this Valentine's Day. From sweet musings to simple notes, the little treats can be personalized for whomever they are going to, making this such a fun activity for kids of all ages — and even adults too.

And if you have a little one, it's a delicious activity that encourages handwriting skills and letter recognition. You could even use mini stamp letters to create meaningful messages.

Valentine's Day Heart Cookies

Valentine's Day Heart Cookies

Ingredients

  1. 1 16.5-ounce tube Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
  2. Food coloring
  3. Flour for dusting your work space
  4. Powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375˚F.
  2. Divide the dough into three, placing each section in a small mixing bowl. Add 5 to 10 drops of desired food coloring to each, and gently kneed until the color is incorporated. We had fun with red, yellow, green, and blue for our cookies.
  3. Dust your work area with flour, and gently roll the cookie dough until it's around 1/2 inch thick. You don't want the cookies too thin or they will burn around the edges, which isn't pretty.
  4. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough; I found smaller hearts, around 1 to 2 inches in size, worked best. Place on a parchment-covered sheet pan, leaving at least 1 inch between cookies.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, mix together the edible paints by mixing 1 teaspoon powdered sugar with a few drops of red food coloring in a small container. Add a few drops of water to thin as needed.
  7. Once cool, use a clean brush to write messages on the cookies.

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Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
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