Mini Conversation Heart Cookies will bring smiles to their faces! These bite-sized sugar cookies are a fun Valentine’s Day tradition.
My mom always made cut out sugar cookies with us throughout the year for various holidays. We had so much fun baking and decorating them! Since conversation hearts are my favorite Valentine’s Day candy, I decided to use my sugar cookie recipe to make mini conversation heart cookies!
Start my beating the butter, shortening, and granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture. This takes about three minutes.
Why use shortening when making cookies?
I like to use a combination of shortening and butter when making cookies. Shortening helps the cookies rise more and gives them a light texture while preventing the cookies from spreading too much. On the other hand, butter brings flavor and helps make the cookies crispy.
The recipe I used growing up, from a vintage Betty Crocker cookbook, called for all shortening so you can choose that option. Using all butter will work too but make sure your cookie dough is very chilled and keep in mind that your cookies will spread more as they bake.
Next, beat in the egg and vanilla extract for about two minutes.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the mixing bowl. Use a fork to give the dry ingredients a little stir to combine them. Then, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 1 hour.
Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/8″ thick.
Use a mini heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Transfer them to a parchment-covered baking sheet.
Bake at 400˚F for 4-6 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating them or storing them in an airtight container.
Dip the cookies into the icing and then place them on a wire rack.
If you want to add sprinkles to the hearts, you’ll want to add the immediately after placing them on the wire rack, before the icing sets.
You can use a toothpick to pop any tiny bubbles you see in the icing after placing them on the wire rack. The glace icing will smooth out and fill in the space where the popped bubbles were.
Once the icing has hardened, you can use food coloring, edible markers to write messages on the icing. Or if that is too time-consuming, skip the words and simply enjoy the decorate sugar cookies as is!
Place the mini conversation heart cookies in small gift boxes so that they are ready to give as gifts for Valentine’s Day.
Want more Valentine’s Day recipes? Try these next:
Make Heart Shaped Hot Chocolate Bombs for Valentine’s Day! Each meltable heart is filled with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and sprinkles.
Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries are the ultimate treat! They look beautiful on a serving platter and can be given as a gift.
Breakable Chocolate Hearts are like edible pinatas filled with candy and sprinkles. Perfect for Valentine’s Day gift bags with a mini mallet.
Serve rich, creamy Chocolate Fondue with fresh fruit, bite-sized desserts, and marshmallows! It’s so easy to make yet will impress everyone.