Our kids love a good holiday snack, Valentine’s Day included! Of course we just had to indulge them and their sweet tooth so this year we decided to see just how much fun we could have with a few heart-shaped cookie cutters! You can turn almost any ordinary snack into a Valentine’s Day treat with a few heart-shaped cookie cutters: sandwiches, colorful fruit skewers or even vegetables. This time we opted for something on the sweet side and our kids loved every delicious, heart-shaped bite!
Heart Shaped Rice Crispie Treats
We can never say no to a rice crispy treat and neither can our kids. They are easy to make, delicious and can be altered to suit almost any holiday or theme. Armed with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a few festive sprinkles we created a delicious, kid-friendly Valentine’s Day snack that everyone loved!
- 3 Tbs salted butter or margarine
- 40 medium-sized marshmallows
- 6 cups of Rice Crispies
- non-stick cooking spray or 1 Tbs of butter
- lollipop sticks
- 2 semi sweet chocolate bars
Start by greasing a 9″ x 9″ square pan with butter or cooking spray. Then melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Turn off the stove, add the Rice Crispies and stir until completely combined. Place the Rice Crispie mixture into the square pan and pat down with a sheet of wax paper that you have greased with cooking spray. Let the treats cool completely.
Once the Rice Crispie treats have cooled completely, remove the whole sheet of Rice Crispie treat from the pan and place on a cutting board. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut heart shapes out of the sheet of Rice Crispie treats. Then, push a lollipop stick half way up into the heart-shaped treat.
Break apart the chocolate bars into small pieces and place them in a small microwave safe bowl. Cover the bowl with wax paper and place in the microwave. Heat the chocolate for 30 seconds, remove from the microwave and stir. Continue to heat the chocolate for 30-45 second increments and stirring until the chocolate is almost melted. Once the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove it from the microwave and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Now you can begin dipping the Rice Crispie treats into the chocolate and placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
To finish them off, pour sprinkles over the chocolate and place the treats in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies
Linzer cookies are one of our favorite cookies…they are pretty, delicious and remind us of our childhood. We decided to make a Valentine’s version of this cookie using our favorite sugar cookie recipe from Martha Stewart. These cookies are easy to make, keep their shape and taste amazing!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Strawberry or raspberry preserves
- Heart shaped cookie cutters in two sizes
In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half, flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic, freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or use a silpat. Remove one dough disk, let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting the dough with flour as needed. Cut out large heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Cut out a small heart in the center of the large heart in half of the cookies. Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment and chill for 10 minutes before baking. Reroll scraps and cut out more heart shapes until you have used all the dough.
Bake, rotating halfway through until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes depending on the size. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool. Once the cookies are completely cooled separate the solid heart and the hearts with the middle cut out. Spread a layer of strawberry or raspberry preserves on the solid heart cookies. Dust the hearts with cut outs with powdered sugar. Place the powdered sugar hearts on top of the solid hearts. Keep in an air-tight container.
Just in case you need some more inspiration, here are some other fun ways to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter this Valentine’s Day:
Martha Stewart, Brownie Heart Cupcakes
Mama’s Gotta Bake, Orange Cardamom Shortbread Sweet-hearts
Pizzazzerie, Valentine’s Day Cookie Pop
Bakerella, Easy Valentine’s Day Treats
Ashley + Hallman