Wedding Desserts: Conversation heart cookies

Cookies and I are great friends.  I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like unless it was burnt to a crisp.  If you, too, love cookies and are looking for wedding desserts to satisfy your taste buds, wallet and aesthetic sensibilities, consider making conversation heart cookies. With this $20 Message in a Cookie cutter set from Williams – Sonoma, you can write almost anything on your cookies.  Instead of a wedding cake, display platters of these beautiful and scrumptious cookies with special messages from the bride and groom.  You could also put these cookies in fancy little bags to give to guests as wedding party favors OR spell out guests’ names and use them as place cards.  What a yummy place card for guests to snack on!  You can use any sugar cookie recipe you like, but here’s one from Kelsey Nixon, host of Kelsey’s Essentials on the Cooking Channel.

This is how she achieved her sweetheart cookies:

After making the dough and achieving perfect conversation heart colors, I let the dough rest overnight before beginning the project. While this dough results in a perfectly soft & cake-y consistency, it can be a bit finicky and it’s important that the dough is chilled when you work with it. In fact, after my dough had chilled in the fridge all night, I still stuck it in the freezer just before rolling it out so that it would be a bit easier to work with. After rolling out the dough (on a very well floured surface) I started pressing away. It took me a minute to get the hang of it, but I soon figured it out and starting plugging in my own Valentines messages.

Photos and recipe are courtesy of Kelsey’s Kitchen.

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