Conversation heart candies have been a part of Valentine's Day for as long as we can remember. As a kid I used to love giving them out to my classmates every single February 14th, and because I had a sweet tooth, I couldn't wait to devour mine as soon as we emptied our Valentine baskets in class. It's been decades since I've eaten a conversation heart candy, but it's been only a few hours since I created my very own in cookie form.
|Sugar Cookies on Wedgwood Queen's Ware & Platinum Scroll|
For purists who will tell me that these are not true conversation heart colors, it is true, they are not. I departed from the original pastel hues of the diminutive sweets because I wanted bright reds and pinks for the cookies, and the lettering was done in pure white icing using either all-caps, lower case or cursive.
|Luv U & Be Mine|
Keeping the phrases to a simple few words, I made several dozen of these conversation heart sugar cookies just in time for Valentine's Day.
|Conversation Heart & Swiss Dot Cookies|
As one who likes to keep things simple, I outlined and flooded cookies in three colors: Chefmaster "Super Red", Chefmaster "Fuchsia" and Americolor "Electric Pink". I love 'electric pink' because it gives that deep bubble-gum pink that is so desirable this time of year.
|Tell someone you love them.|
Once the royal icing base has completely dried, pipe the phrases you wish to convey to your loved ones in cursive, all-caps or in lower case. If you're unsure about what you want to write and how you want to do it, I suggest practicing on a cookie sheet before doing so. Check the consistency of your icing so that it holds its shape and flows through the tube properly.
- LUV U
- I LOVE YOU
- CUTIE PIE
- BE MINE
- MY LOVE
An updated and contemporary take on conversation hearts a la Good Things by David can easily be done by beginner and professional cookie crafters. Be patient with writing on cookies because it can be intimidating at first. As long as the icing base is completely dry on the cookie, the consistency of the icing in your piping bag or bottle is correct, and you have a steady hand (people who have seen me decorate firsthand have said that I have the steadiness of a surgeon; I beg to differ), piping your conversations will be accomplished effortlessly.
Happy Valentine's Day!