I have a sweet tooth. A very very sweet tooth. I like to always have some cookies or bars or something sweet around my house. So, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I decided to make and decorate heart cookies. I'm not exactly a sugar cookie fan but that is what I decided to make. And I wanted a great sugar cookie so I set out to search the web for the best recipe and I found this one for soft and chewy sugar cookies from Brown Eyed Baker. It is a winner for sure! I'm going to have another cookie after I finish this post.
I baked the cookies on Saturday. I did the decorating today (Sunday). While looking at all the great pins on Pinterest, I found the inspiration for how I wanted to decorate the cookies. The day got off to a slow start when I couldn't figure out how to put together the icing bag. After a quick google search I solved my problem, well not with the icing bag I had. Instead, I ended up using a large ziploc bag. (Bonus of this trick is no clean up of the bag!) Then, I struggled a little to get the right consistency on the icing for piping. I made powdered sugar icing and not royal icing. Finally, I got that right and off I went to piping the outside of the heart. I was motoring right along, getting into a groove when I blew out my piping bag. Oops! Quick reload of a new ziploc bag and I finished up all the hearts. Then I made more icing, this time a little thinner in order to 'flood' the cookies. I have never decorated cookies this way and I think I like it although it is a little more time consuming. Next up the dots. I colored the thinned icing with red and pink food coloring and put each into a squeeze bottle. Then the most fun of the day - making the dots. I really liked how the cookies came out until I looked at the inspiration cookies. Not quite as good as those.
All in all, the cookies look pretty and they are very tasty. And I think I know what I will do differently next time. And there will be a next time. (Christmas?)