I am obsessed with Valentine’s Day heart cookies!
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I instantly think of those cute vintage chocolate boxes. Shaped like a heart and usually covered in bows and lace, there was just something so beautiful about them.
One thing I’ve always disliked about overly decorated royal iced cookies was that they honestly, just never tasted that great.
These Valentine’s Day chocolate box cookies are made using the same cookie recipe I came up with for Jam Filled Heart Cookies which is also vegan and gluten free.
Making the royal icing is also super easy with only three ingredients, and it’s vegan!
What Do I Need To Make These Valentine’s Day Cookies??
- 2 Cups All Purpose GF Flour
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 8 Ounces Vegan Butter
- 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
- Piping bags and Tips
- Food colorings ( I use 365 by Whole Foods Plant Based) but you can use any brands you prefer.
- Paint Brushes
- Any Extra Decor (fondants, gum paste, edible glitter, etc)
- 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp Almond milk (any non dairy milk will work)
- Almond Extract
- Clear Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar (Sifted)
- Dairy-Free Milk
- Almond Extract (You can use vanilla, I just prefer almond)
How Do I Make The Cookies?
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.
- In a separate bowl, mix together your vegan butter, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, and salt
- Pour the flour mixture in with the other ingredients and knead with your hands until all is combined
- Wrap in saran wrap and let sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, but don’t leave it in the fridge for too long or the dough tends to crumble when rolling out.
- Preheat your over to 350 degrees while your dough is chilling in the refrigerator
- When the dough is ready, roll out onto lightly floured parchment paper
- Cut out cookies with a heart shaped cookie cutter
- Bake about 10-15 minutes or just until they start to brown around the edges.
How Do I Make The Royal Icing?
- Be sure to sift your powdered sugar to avoid air bubbles. Mix all your ingredients until smooth and fluffy, add to a piping bag with a tip your prefer for outlining your hearts.
- Once all of your cookies are outlined and dried, add a little more milk to your icing to thin it out.
- Take your thinned out icing and flood the cookies. To thin out royal icing add a bit of non-dairy milk until it is the consistency you need.
- Be sure to pop any small air bubbles.
- Allowing to dry overnight is best, but if you must decorate, wait a few hours or until cookies are fully set and dry.
Painting The Cookies
- Gather all your food colorings and brushes
- Fill a small bowl with some clear vanilla extract or a clear vodka
- Use the extract/vodka to dilute your colors and apply smoother strokes.
- If you’ve ever used watercolors, it’s basically the same thing, only it’s edible 🙂
- Be sure not to go too heavy with the food coloring or extract. Too much could cause cracks and holes in the icing.
Some of the decorating products I purchased and used To Make These Adorable Valentine’s Day Cookies!
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