Valentine’s Treat: Cream-Cheese Sugar Cookie Conversation Hearts

cream cheese sugar cookie conversation hearts

I wanted to make a festive weekly treat for the kids a bit before the sugar rush of the actual holiday…so here they are, and a week early…our cookie Conversation Hearts!
You’ll want to save this sugar cookie recipes. It’s one of the best I’ve ever come up with. And the icing…let’s not even get started on the heavenly icing!!

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Conversation Hearts

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

  • 1 c butter
  • 3 oz 6 tbsp cream cheese
  • .5 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • .25 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 c flour

Butter Icing

  • 3 c icing sugar
  • 6 tbs butter slightly softened
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 + tbs milk
  • gel or liquid food colouring to suit

Script Icing [if not store bought]

  • icing sugar
  • milk
  • gel or liquid food colouring to suit

Instructions

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

  • Cream the butter, cream cheese & sugar in a mixer or by hand.
  • Add the egg, salt, & vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour by the .5 cup until a soft dough forms.
  • Refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Roll cookies on a floured surface or between parchment or waxed paper ~.25-in thick.
  • Cut into heart shapes.
  • Place onto parchment or silpat lined pans.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes or until slightly brown at the edges.
  • Cool cookies completely.
  • Make Base Icing & Script Icing
  • Ice Cookies with Base Icing.
  • Allow icing to firm up for at least 30 minutes before applying Script Icing.
  • Apply words to your cookies with the Script Icing.
  • Phrases to try: LOVE, BE MINE, FRIENDS, URGR8, LOL, SAY YES, MARRY ME, SWEETHEART, FATE, KISMET, XOXO...

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

  • Blend the butter, sugar, milk & vanilla in a mixer, starting on low speed and moving to medium-high as the icing comes together.
  • Add additional bits of milk by the tablespoon until the icing just reaches a spreadable consistency.
  • [Optional] Divide icing into several bowls.
  • Add gel or liquid food colour [to each batch] to suit.
  • We used pink, purple, blue, and green

Script Icing [3 Options]

  • Small gel decorator icing tubes from the grocery store, or a larger store-bought tube fitted with a small circular icing tip.
  • Reserve left-over base icing, add additional icing sugar [and food colouring] if necessary to get to a pipe-able consistency.
  • Add small amounts of milk by the tablespoon to 1 or more cups of icing sugar until you achieve a thick, pipe-able consistency. Colour as desired.
  • Options 2 and 3 should be placed in a piping bag fitted with a very small circular tip for writing.

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