Conversation hearts are probably one of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day. We’ve all been familiar with them since childhood and I can vividly remember sitting and reading messages on them as a little girl. And while they are super fabulous just like they are, I wanted to make them even better! So, I thought what better way than to go BIG! As in big, delicious cookie pops! These are perfect for Valentine’s Day school parties or even as a centerpiece for your adult celebrations! Here’s how you can make them too!
Conversation Heart Cookie Pops
What You Will Need
For the Cookies
6 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Cups of Unsalted Butter (4 sticks)
3 Tablespoons of Baking Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons of Vanilla Extract (to taste)
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
Wilton Cookie Pop Sticks
For the Icing (for each color)
2 Cups of Confectioners Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Milk
2 Tablespoons of Karo Light Corn Syrup
Variety of Food Colors
Icing Bag and Tip
How to Make Them
Start your cookie dough by creaming together your butter and sugar. Make sure they are well combined. Then add in your eggs and vanilla. Once you have an even mixture, slowly mix in your baking soda and flour. **Tip: Add one cup at a time and mix until it is well blended.** Once your dough is complete, place it in the refrigerator for about an hour to let it firm up.
Once your dough is cool, roll it out into about a half inch thick sections and use your heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out your heart shapes. **Tip: Add flour on your counter and top of the dough to keep your rolling pin from sticking to the dough.**
Place your heart shaped cookie on a non greased cookie sheet. Then, gently push your cookie pop stick into the middle bottom of the cookie. Push it into the cookie until it is about 2/3 of the way in the cookie. Be sure to smooth out any cracks it causes on the front of the cookie.
Once your cookie pop sticks are securely in your cookies, bake them on 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown. **Depending on the size of your cookie, they may take more or less time.** Once your cookies are done, remove them from the oven and place them on a cooking rack or aluminum foil to cook.
Allow your cookies to cool completely and then you’re ready to ice them! Start by mixing up your icing. To do this mix together your confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, 2 tablespoons of Karo syrup and 2 drops of lemon juice. Mix well to get the right consistency. You want your icing to be thick but not to be lumpy. You can add a little more milk if you need it but be sure not to get your icing too thin. Then add your food coloring. You can use as much or as little as you want to create the color you desire. Place 2 tablespoons of your icing into a piping bag with a 3 tip on it. Go around the outside of your cookies to create the outer heart shape.
Add about a half of a teaspoon of milk to the remainder of your icing to make it a little more liquid. Then spoon your icing into the middle of your cookies. Only use about half a teaspoon full per cookie and allow it to spread.
Using a toothpick, spread the icing out so that it fills in your outline. You can add more icing if you need but make sure not to add too much as it will run over the sides. Make sure the icing is covering the whole area of the cookie and pop any air bubbles with your toothpick.
Repeat with each color until you have all of your cookies iced. Then set them aside and allow the icing to dry. One the icing is set, you’re ready to add in your words.
Mix one more batch of icing but do not add any food coloring so that it stays white. Be sure this batch is thick. Place it in your icing bag with a number 3 tip and then carefully write your favorite sayings onto each heart.
Allow your icing words to set and they are ready to go! You can display them in cute containers or serve them individually.
Either way they make the perfect finishing touch for any Valentine’s Day event! And they are a perfect and unique way to say I love you to someone special!