Aren't these the sweetest?! And they're not even 'perfect' yet, because I forgot to add the sparkling sugar before baking them! This was just a test run, but it came out sooooo stinkin' cute that I couldn't wait to share!
Sweetheart Cookies are a Valentine's Day tradition at our house, but this year I decided to try something a little different and cut them into lips instead of hearts - mainly because I saw these awesome lip-shaped cookies at my grocery store last year that appear to be made with a cookie mold rather than a cookie cutter and look amazing! However, they did NOT taste amazing (which my Sweetheart Cookies do and you can grab the recipe here) so I wanted to replicate them using our recipe instead.
Last year I was unable to find a lip-shaped cookie mold (grrrr), but my sweet MIL gave me a cookie cutter and told me to do my best. Always good advice by the way! I actually did find one this year, but it won't be here in time for the big day, so I started experimenting with what I had.
Snacks routinely 'reorganizes' my kitchen and I couldn't seem to find the rolling pin. Talk about making do with what you have . . . . ! Anyway, I rolled these out a bit thicker than I would have otherwise to make sure I could draw the lip line without breaking the cookie in half.
I baked a couple of 'test cookies' and then used a chopstick to indent the line for the lips once they came out of the oven and while they were still hot.
Hmmmm. Not sure I like the cracked edges at the lip line.
So, on the next batch I decided to draw in the lip line before baking.
At some point during this process, Sheep and I decided that they reminded us of the 'Brownie Smile' photo props we made for her Bridging Ceremony last Spring, and that gave us another idea . . .
So, we added some craft sticks before baking!
Still some cracking at the lip line (so perhaps she's old, or smokes, or both - ha!),
but what a GREAT idea for Valentine's treats this year!
Packaged in some cellophane with a cute ribbon at the bottom, these are sure to be a classroom favorite - even without using the cookie mold! The craft sticks worked great and they are flat, so I'm thinking they slide into the cookies a little easier than a round popsicle stick or paper straw, but those would probably work as well. Use what 'cha got!
Of course now I want to find a moustache cookie cutter for the boys - and a chocolate rolled cookie recipe too! Link in the comments if you've got a good one to share!
Happy Valentine's Day Y'all!
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