I have a strange obsession with Valentine's Day, but it's not one of those "I'm-a-girl-and-love-Valentine's-Day-for-romantic-gestures" things. Really, I just think Valentine's Day stuff is super cute. I love shopping for Valentine's Day things — heart-patterned washi tape, glittery pens, unicorn salt shakers, heart-shaped everything, adorable stationary, etc. I'll buy it all! Don't even get me started on the super cute party supplies (I have a problem buying excessive amounts of napkins). It's just a very adorable holiday and I love to partake.
Really, I see Valentine's Day as more about friendship than romance — doing sweet things like writing cards or bringing cookies to a friend. Also, I love it for indulging in chocolates I bought for myself, but that's besides the point. So, when I saw these seriously awesome conversation heart cookies from Lovely Indeed, I knew they needed to happen. I thought they were cute and sassy and yeah, I had just bought a cookie stamp set that I'd been dying to use, so here we go!
And then something fun happened while I was making them — I had leftover dough and was like, "What would happen if I combined these?" Because marbling is to trendy right now, y'all. And then they looked so cute that I decided to scrap most of the cookies I had already rolled out and marble them, too. So many trends here, guys. Pop culture phrases! Neon colors! Marbling! You really can't go wrong whether you whip these out for the Galentine's Day party you're hosting, bring them to the office with passive aggressive messages, or eat them alone while watching Grease: Live. You can never go wrong with cookies.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- food coloring of your choice
- cookie cutters
- cookie stamp set with letters and numbers
yields about 2 dozen cookies
- Follow this recipe for the best cut-out sugar cookies — the trick is that they don't rise or expand much, which is perfect for the letters that you'll stamp into them! Separate the dough into sections — I split mine into thirds because I had 3 colors (pink, purple and red) to use. Add your food coloring to each section of dough, separately, and work it into the dough until it's completely incorporated.
- After you've mixed the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for one hour or overnight. Once chilled, roll the dough out separately out onto a floured countertop to about 1/4" thick. To make the marbled dough, take a portion of each color and stack it on top of each other. Don't do all the dough all at once, because as you work the dough, it starts to get all mixed together so it doesn't look as pretty, so start with bits at a time. Fold the dough into itself 2-3 times, and then roll it out again with the rolling pin. Cut with cookie cutters and lay the shapes on baking sheets (I line mine with parchment paper always). You can look on the back of the dough, too, to see which side has better marbling. Repeat until the rest of the dough is gone.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Take your stamps and start writing out your phrases! I didn't use the loading tool that comes with the stamps, and instead just used each letter individually, which can be tedious but yielded nice results. Start from the middle of the word and work out so you get it centered perfectly.
- Place in the oven and cook for 6-10 minutes. Watch them carefully toward the end, because they brown easily on the sides and it doesn't look as nice. Once baked, set out to cool, then enjoy!