Conversation Heart Cookies

I have a confession to make. This is the first time I’ve ever decorated cookies with royal icing. My friend Marian from Sweetopia did a rockstar session on cookie decorating at our food conference last November and can I tell you that she makes things look so easy that I thought even I could give this a try. I wanted to make a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day that I could share with my loves. I of course went to Pinterest for cookie inspiration and felt immediately overwhelmed with all of the beautiful designs (currently way out of my league) instead I saw a box of conversation hearts sitting on my table and I thought let’s make a cookie version instead (much tastier than those yucky hearts to be quite honest).

I made the sugar cookies the night before in my KitchenAid Range “Ada” using the convection feature. After they cooled I stored them in an airtight container for safe keeping (aka so the kids wouldn’t find them). Next day, I whipped up a batch of Marian’s royal icing. The hardest part for me was getting the right consistency after a quick you tube search of Marian’s channel for a refresher I was back in business. A little food coloring and voila it’s all pink and shimmery and ready to flood.


After I let it set I added a few fun words and a little heartbeat monitor design for good measure. The writing turned out much thicker than I would have preferred but being I’m NOT a decorator I have a very limited supply of tips. Smallest I had was a #3, next time I’ll be sure to pick up something smaller.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Betty Crocker. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Conversation Heart Cookies

Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 0:07


  • 1 - 17.5 ounce Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Cookie Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter - softened
  • 1 tablespoon Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 recipe royal icing (


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir flour into dry cookie mix. Add softened butter, and egg in medium bowl until soft dough forms.
  3. Roll dough on floured surface until 1/4" thick. Cut with 2" heart shaped cookie cutter and place 1" apart on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake approximately 5-7 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet. Cool completely prior to icing.
  5. Prepare royal icing and tint to desired color, saving a small amount of white icing for writing.
  6. Place icing into a disposable piping bag fit with a #3 tip. Pipe a heart outline around cookie leaving 1/4 - 1/2" space. Pipe more icing into the middle of cookie. Shake cookie gently to spread icing. Set aside to let icing set.
  7. When icing is firm, place your reserved white icing into a disposable piping bag fir with a #2 tip. Pipe desired wording onto cookies.



  1. 1
    Angie /

    How pretty! These ate a perfect Valentinr’s day gift for anyone!

  2. 2

    Paula, you did a wonderful job! I’m so thrilled you made them and am honoured at the mentions! Happy Valentine’s sweet girl!

  3. 3

    Awe! I love it when you cookie! BEAUTIFUL!

  4. 4


  5. 5

    Adorable! I’ve never decorated cookies like this, maybe I will give them a try this year.

  6. 6

    Really cute idea! I like how neat the hearts look–that had to be tricky to get the frosting just right.

  7. 7
  8. 8

    So cute!!! Love this, Paula!

  9. 9

    This is awesome, Paula, well-done!

  10. 10

    I would never have guess it was your first time — gorgeous!

  11. 11

    Your cookies are perfect!


  12. 12

    Paula you did such a great job. DId you see my cookies at Marian’s class… they did not look nearly as beautiful as yours!

  13. 13

    Oh so pretty in pink! Love these cookies.

  14. 14

    Very pretty cookies, Paula!

  15. 15
    Lo /

    I think they are super cute, but I have to tell you that the heart rhythm on the cookie is a fatal v-fib rhythm… one of the worst FYI.


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