Conversation Heart Cookie Pops

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions,Food

valentine's sugar cookies

I should not have posted my pathetic attempt at baking right next to a post about the wonderful things that can be found at Cafe Johnsonia. Alas, it is the week before Valentine’s day, and as is tradition, I made sugar cookies with all my wonderful new Wilton baking tools.

wilton baking tools rolling pin non stick silicone matwilton baking tools cookie sheet

That huge rolling pin and silicone baking mat were an enormous help – both tools make it so you don’t have to add much flour at all to keep the dough from sticking and just make the whole process easier all around. And having a gigantic cookie sheet meant that I had one and a half pans to use all my dough – that is a beautiful thing. Less waiting, more cookies… And look at all those fun heart shapes – Wilton has a fabulous variety of Valentine’s cookie cutters, don’t they?

Here’s my favorite Sugar Cookie recipe:

2 c. butter
2 c. sugar
6 eggs
1 t. vanilla
6 c flour
2 T. baking powder
1 ½ t. salt

Refrigerate for 2 hours; Bake 8 minutes at 375 degrees.

Click here for a cream cheese frosting and butter cream frosting recipe.

And now, the secret. There are really 2 main things that make or break sugar cookies.

sugar cookie recipe

1. Thickness of the dough. Thick sugar cookies are sooo much better because they’re moist and chewy rather than dry and crispy. Sugar cookies are supposed to be chewy!

sugar cookie recipe

2. Baking time. Even thick dough will get crispy if you bake it too long. The second key is to bake the cookies just enough that they’re not raw. Experiment yourself – I find that 8 minutes is perfect.

Do these 2 things, and your sugar cookies will be dangerous.

cookie pops conversation heart cookies

After browsing through Wilton’s gallery of ideas, we decided to make some cookie pops – everybody likes to eat on a stick! They’re not perfect, but they were fun to make, and my husband appreciated them. To me, sugar cookies are perfect for every occasion!

Here are some other great Valentine’s dessert ideas from Wilton:

1. Get Right to the Point

2. Flavorful Favors Cookies

3. Bright Bouquet Cookies

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brianne S. February 11, 2009 at 12:33 am

I was debating about whether or not to make sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never personally made them before, just helped decorate. Your post has inspired me! Thanks for the recipe and the tips!

2 Baba February 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

What a fun way to share Valentines with the family – baking yummy cookies like this! Those cookie cutters look great!

3 Natalee Webb February 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Hey Kelsey,

I stink at making cookies, but just may be a fun mom this Valentines and make some with my kids, question, do you have a good sugarcookie frosting recipe? I’ve tried a few and have not had any luck with a good recipe. If you do, please by all means, share!

4 Yelowflower Mo March 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Thank you So much for adding this recipe to my collection. I love sugar cookies and this is such a cute valentines day idea.

5 anickh October 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

so do u still think this is THE BEST SUGAR COOKIE recipe? im trying to find this out. CUz a lot of people would say the one at “ourbestbites” is the best and a lot of people would say “sweetsugarbelle” has the best sugar cookie… or maybe yours is… your recipe is actually similar to the one from “ourbestbites except it has 3 times the amount of eggs.

6 Kelsey October 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I’ve tried the Our Best Bites recipe and I do like this one better. But everyone is so different…try them each and see!

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