Every year my friend throws an Anti-Valentines Day party where we watch action movies, drink wine and eat a ton of chocolate. Why? Because we’re single and still want the chocolates and greeting cards and dinner. I guess there’s a new trend to call it “Galentines” day. I kind of like that idea, except that I have some single dude friends that would be a little insulted.
ANYWAY! In my time thinking about what I would bring to this blessed event, I realized that I also hate conversation hearts. Like… with a passion. Sorry folks, but they taste gross. But what if they were cookies? And what if they had random things that a jaded late 20 something would say? Enter the Subversive Conversation Hearts Anti-Valentines Day Cookies.
Want to make these at home? Here’s how!
Anti Valentines Day Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutions, margarine wont work)
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup of powdered
- 1 Tbsp corn syrup
- 1-2 Tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
- Food colouring (red, pink, yellow, blue)
- Pastry bags
- #1 Wilton icing tip
- Measure the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl, mix and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and the sugar. Once smooth, add the eggs, vanilla and combine well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients mixture a little at a time. Mix until the dough is smooth and flour is fully incorporated. (I like to use my hands to mix this!)
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Overnight is fine too. If you want to freeze the dough, you can do so at this stage.
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough to the desired thickness, about 1/4+ inch. If your dough is to sticky, sprinkle with a bit of flour / if its dry, sprinkle a bit of water. Its a pretty forgiving dough.
- Use your heart cookie cutter and place cookies on your pan covered in parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, you can litely grease the cookie sheet.
- Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until the tops of the cookies don't look wet anymore.
- Let them rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes to set, then remove to a cooling rack
- To Make Icing
- Mix together powdered sugar, corn syrup, water and almond extract - you want a piping consistency to start out with, so a little more firm.
- Separate into 4 bowls - 1 for red lettering, the other 3 for your colors. You can use more colors, you just need more bowls.
- Start by piping a heart outline on each cookie in the desired color.
- While that is setting, thin out your icing colors with a little water until you get a flood like consistency. Should be drippy, but not too liquid.
- Flood each cookie with desired color icing
- Let these dry for about 2-3 hours to allow icing to begin hardening. **Icing will still be dense, but not fully hard.
- Using your #1 Icing tip and RED piping icing, pipe whatever you want onto each cookie
- Let rest for about 3 hours to finish setting.