We are dishin’ up some L-O-V-E today on Tablespoon. And it's startin' with these meaningful Heart in Hand Cookies!
Valentine’s Day is a lot of fun and I enjoy making fun heart-shaped treats with the kiddos to share at school. But I have a secret to share…my husband and I decided when we were first married NOT to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple.
Instead, we try to celebrate sharing love with everyone around us (plus, it’s next to impossible to find a babysitter on VDay so you can go out!). We find other ways during the year to be romantic but as for Valentine’s Day, it’s all about spreading the love!
This year, in celebration of Black History Month and Martin Luther King’s birthday a few weeks earlier, we whipped up Heart in Hand cookies for my kids to share at school.
We used four colors of dough but I think they would be AMAZING if you did them in rainbow!! I used the cookie cutter that I found here
. Or, you could trace your child’s hand onto a piece of cardstock and use it as a template to cut out the cookies. Then, simply use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out the centers.
To make cookies, I used two pouches of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix and combined with butter and egg as directed on the package. I divided the dough into fourths and tinted three of the parts with brown, green, and pink.
Cut out cookies, then carefully remove the heart center and swap it with another color. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Cool completely.
If you like, you can download these pages
on Love including some quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Print, fold in half and you can use them to start a discussion with your family on what love, tolerance, and equality mean. What a great after-school discussion to have over milk and cookies!
More Easy Valentine Cookies to Make Mandy Heaston is a busy mom, gourmet cook—and opera singer! Check out her member profile to see what she’s cooking up on Tablespoon.