Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to start your sweet treats for the holiday! I love chocolates and flowers just as much as the next girl, but I wanted to give my Valentine something different this year. One of my favorite memories of my childhood is receiving the little box of conversation heart candies from my grandparents. I loved snacking on the bite sized candies and reading all the silly and romantic messages printed on them. Instead of making candies, I made a sugar cookie version of these sweet treats which allowed me to paint my own messages on all the hearts. I chose cute words in English and Spanish to write on all the cookies so that all of my friends and my Valentine could have fun reading my sweet sentiments to them!
You will need:
One recipe of Alton Brown's Sugar Cookie Recipe (add 1 tsp of vanilla extract!)
Gel Food Coloring
Small circular cutter (or small heart cutter)
Xacto knife or other sharp knife
Split the dough into as any different pieces as you have colors to make. I decided to make my hearts purple, pink, green, and orange. Knead the gel food coloring into the dough until it is completely incorporated. Chill the dough for an hour.
Using the circular cutter, punch out all the circles from the dough.
Using the tip of your paintbrush, gently press into the side opposite of the tip to create an indent.
Gently squeeze the tops of the heart into a neat shape and place on your cookie sheet. Repeat with all the colors.