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Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies

Conversation heart Shortbread Cookies | Homan at Home

Conversation heart candies always look so festive and colorful. Everything else is pink, red, and white, but the conversation heart makers didn’t feel like they had to stop there. No siree! They made the rainbow a Valentines color. 

Unpopular opinion:  They also made a candy that tastes pretty nasty.

I do not like conversation hearts, but I do like the way they look on a party table, so I set out to make something cute and colorful – with the catch that it has to taste good too!

Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies | Homan at Home

Shortbread cutouts are the easiest thing in the world with only three ingredients, so I pulled out my trusty recipe and my Wilton gel colors and set to work. 

In the end, I couldn’t figure out how to actually write on the “conversation hearts” – so for now they’re giving us the silent treatment. I’ve read some stuff about cookie stamping that I’d like to try for next time. Have any of you tried it? How did it work for you? Got any tips? 

Anyway, these cookies were a hit at the party – cute, eye catching, and yummy. 

Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies
Serves 24
Festive buttery shortbread cookies
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 2 1/2 cups flour
  4. food coloring
Instructions
  1. Whip together sugar and butter.
  2. Add flour and mix. If dough is too try, add water until dough is slightly tacky.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and pliable.
  4. Split dough into equally sized balls, one for each color you will be using.
  5. Color each dough ball.
  6. Roll dough to 1/4" on floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut out hearts.
  7. Place hearts on a greased or lined baking sheet and bake at 300° for 15-20 minutes.
Notes
  1. There are 7 traditional conversation heart colors: white, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  2. I used a mini-heart cutter to make these look more like the originals.
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Instructions

For tips on making the shortbread dough, check out this post (you’ll notice I have very few cookie cutters). Usually, I get perfect dough by following the recipe, but for some reason, this time it came out super dry. Like not even dough, just random flakes of butter and flour dry. I added water a tablespoon full at a time until my dough fixed itself. I’m going to blame the weirdness on the weather…

Anyway, once you’ve got your dough, you need to split it into as many balls as colors you’re going to make. After a little internet research, I ended up with 7 roughly equal sized balls – one for each of the standard heart colors (white, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple).

Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies | Homan at Home

Then you roll each color out. You want these to be a little bit thick, so I rolled them to somewhere between 1/2″ and 1/4″ and used my mini-heart cutter to cut them out and lay them on the baking sheet.

Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies

All that’s left is to bake them at 300 for 15-20 minutes, then pile them onto a plate and serve!

Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies | Homan at HOme

 

What’s your favorite Valentine treat? Leave a comment and let us know!

Conversation Heart Shortbread Cookies | Homan at Home

 

7 Comments

cat

oh my gosh…these look so great! looking forward to making some for Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for sharing..love all things rainbow!
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Diane Homan

Me too! You can’t go wrong with a burst of color 🙂

Sarah G.

This looks really easy and fun! Could your let kids frost or decorate these in some way? I think my kids would love that!

Diane Homan

That sounds like a great idea!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

Your pastel heart cookies are just about the cutest thing ever! Pinning!

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