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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Conversation Heart Cookies


I don’t know about you, but as a child I was fairly indiscriminate when it came to candy.  We didn’t have candy all that often so when holidays came around, I was always very excited about all the candy I collected.  I ate my favorites first (chocolate), then some in between-ers (Nerds, Starburst, etc.) and then I might try some of the candies I already knew I didn’t like – such as the conversation hearts.  And every time, I wondered why I had put that chalky bad-tasting candy in my mouth again.  I think it’s because they are so cute, I just wanted to like them.


Well, these cookies are my solution.  All the cuteness of conversation hearts, but in the form of a delicious fun cookie! I’ve had these cookies in my head pretty much since last Valentine’s Day, and have just been waiting and waiting to make them.  I’m so happy I finally got the chance, because I had a total blast making these.  Now I have to tell you, I started out with a list of some pretty generic phrases to write on my cookies, but as I decorated, I got more and more creative (and Ben started feeding me some more humorous suggestions.)


So, if you’re a fan of The Office, I know you’ll like these.


And then we just got really ridiculous, as seen above.  Inspired by everything from Paris Hilton to Twilight, the ridiculous phrases were more fun to come up with than the traditional ones.  We were literally doubled over with laughter by the time I was finished.  But, I think the silly hearts have their place too.  After all, real conversation come with quite a few odd phrases.  “Don’t tell”, “Email me”, “Goodbye”, “Gotcha” to name a few.  I packaged my cookies up in boxes for friends and they were a huge hit.

Want to make your own conversation hearts?  Use my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and this tutorial on royal icing as a guide. Enjoy!

  • http://donthaveone Darcy

    I think these look fab. I made a batch of red and white ones but yours just look so beautiful and you make it looks oh so easy! Love your blog :)

  • http://booksrecipesandlifeohmy.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    Love these! You make such yummy treats.

  • http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com Romaine

    I’m guessing these are a hundred times tastier than the candy. Your handiwork is perfection!

  • http://thentherewerefive.wordpress.com M

    Brilliant! I can’t stand those conversation hearts either. These are awesome, and I love That’s What She Said!!

  • http://bakeitafterall.blogspot.com Meghan

    These are soooo cute!!! I spotted the “nice ass” right away – haha! Love the Office ones too :) I really hate those chalky candies but taking the cuteness of the conversation heart and turning it into a cookie is genius!

  • http://www.veryculinary.com/ Amy

    LOL. Really clever. Love this.

  • jaimeleben

    I have cookies baked and icing waiting to do the same project today. I’ll be using them as favors for the dinner party I’m hosting tomorrow night. These are super cute.

  • HB

    I was planning on making these today (minus the fun extra words!) It’s for kids on Sunday. Planned on making Boots (Dora) cookies but since my daughter’s party got postponed to Valentine’s Day, I just had to change to these! Wanted to make them since last Valentine’s as well!

  • http://telly21182.wordpress.com telly21182

    I love the That’s What, She Said ones. Hilarious. I thought about making some cookies for V-Day to bring in to work but can’t today because we’re having some kind of dessert for the birthdays from this week (I couldn’t bring as mine is one celebrated). Maybe I’ll make some of these on Sunday to bring in.

  • Amanda W

    so cute! i just made heart cut-outs last night and now i know how to decorate them. what tip do you use for writing?

  • http://smittensugar.blogspot.com Krystle

    Too cute! Love that Ben helped with the expressions. That sound like something my boyfriend would have done! I always wanted to like conversations hearts as a kid too! But these are way better!

  • http://www.bakingdom.blogspot.com/ Bakingdom

    Adorable! And I love the more non-traditional phrases!

  • http://www.jamandclottedcream.co.uk beth

    These are FANTASTIC.

  • http://preppylittledress.blogspot.com preppy little dress

    Awesome cookies, makes me want to bake a batch!

  • Teresa

    Total fan of The Office!! Love the cookies.

  • http://kellyskreativekitchen.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    OOHHH GOODNESS!! Thesee are so freakin adorable!!! HAHA!! The first one I noticed was the “Nice Ass” one and my first thought was, “I don’t remember that being on any of MY candy hearts”… lol

  • http://cakebatterandbowl.com Kerstin

    So cute Annie – I love all the phrases!

  • Rosie

    These are gorgeous!
    Thanks for being such a great Inspiration!

  • Liz

    These are absolutely stunning! I made my first batch (ever!) cookies with royal icing last night and I can’t wait to keep practicing my technique! Your conversation hearts are priceless! How many batches of icing did you have to make to cover all the colors you made?

  • Mary

    I already decided to make the cookie dough truffles and the heart whoopie pies this weekend and now you go and post this. You are making this a difficult decision!! All of your recipes are amazing!!

  • Lacey

    I’m so tempted to go out and buy the ingredients to makes these right now! What a great idea. That’s what she said is killer, gotta love The Office! I can’t wait til’ next year…. my husband is going to flip for these. Love, love, love your site…. your chocolate truffles are to die for btw!

  • http://foodforscot.blogspot.com/ Shanon

    These are really cute. Your writing is perfect!!! Mine would not look like this. Hahaha. I need some practice…

  • http://www.sweet-oven-lovin.com risa

    So so fun!

  • Kelly

    Love these. I think I’m going to try to make something similar this weekend. I’m nervous!!

  • Steven Marshall

    Annie The Office quotes and “text me” made me laugh out loud. AWESOME

  • Annie

    Hi Amanda,
    I can’t remember exactly which one, but I’m almost sure it was a round #2 tip.

  • Annie

    Hi Liz,
    I made a double batch of cookies, and a double batch of royal icing to decorate them. It ended up being the perfect amount. I have found after decorating countless batches of these cookies to err on the side of too much icing. It’s easy to make, but it’s a pain to have to get out the mixer and make more instead of doing it right the first time!

  • Annie

    Aw, thanks bro :) Love you! I know your real favorite is the “Team Edward” one though, don’t lie.

  • Mary

    I have to ask, how artistic are you? I went back and looked at some of your other sugar cookies and they are beautiful. Can I even attempt these or should they be left for the more artsy, crafty type?

  • http://meatandpotatoesfoodie.blogspot.com/ Miss Meat and Potatoes

    ADORABLE! These are both gorgeous and hilarious. Have a great Valentine’s weekend:)

  • http://spontaneousclapping.blogspot.com Dandy

    Those are hilarious and they look absoltuely perfect!

  • http://jellibeanjournals.blogspot.com Jelli

    These are so cute! I’d love to know how long it took you to make them, as it seems like these kinds of cookie endeavors take me ALL day. Is there some kind of shortcut that I’m missing, or is this really a very time-consuming effort of love?

  • Debbie S

    As a fellow Hoosier I first must say I love your blog!! I would love to know if you have any tips for getting the letters so perfect and uniform. They look perfect!!

  • http://eggscreamandhoney.wordpress.com/ Heatheer

    Wow is all I can say! I bakery in my village was doing these with personalised messages. Hope they are seriously appreciated by whomever gets to eat them.

  • http://robertapm28.blogspot.com/ a fan of anything chocolate

    Anxious to try this sugar cookie recipe. Mine doesn’t use powdered sugar. Your icing is perfection! I have listed your blog on mine and are a follower. Be great if you did the same.

  • Alison

    Hi Annie,
    I absolutely love your blog! This past Christmas, I decided to give out sugar cookies with royal icing, using all of your advice that you’ve given. They turned out super cute but I noticed that the cookies tastes dry by the next day. I’ve never had this happen when I’ve used buttercream frosting. Have you noticed that with the royal icing?

    Alison

  • http://pinkparsleycatering.blogspot.com Josie

    So cute, Annie! Also, you have the best handwriting of any doctor I know!!

  • nutmegnanny

    First I love that you are on Team Edward and that you love The Office. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Dave

    reminds me of my hay days back in elementary school when I used to really bring home the valentines day cards, if you know what i mean…

  • Annie

    Oh yeah, bro, you were the big man on (elementary school) campus :)

  • Annie

    Hi Alison,
    What sugar cookie recipe are you using? I am guessing that might be the problem. Mine are left out for about 2 days and sometimes 3 in the decorating process, but they are still soft and not at all dry. I actually think the royal icing helps seal in some of the moisture, more than other frostings.

  • Annie

    Hi Debbie,
    No tips in particular, it’s just my handwriting. But, the great thing about royal icing is if you mess up, you can just wipe off and start over!

  • Annie

    Mary,
    I’m pretty artsy-craftsy, but I think anyone can be artistic if they want. You don’t have to be artistic to decorate cookies (especially if you use someone else’s design), you just need a steady hand.

  • http://fromonestovetoanother.blogspot.com Rene Rodgers

    I made similar cookies earlier! They didn’t come out nearly as nice as yours, but it was my first time :). My favorite cookie was “Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww…..Love”. I had double heart cookies :).

  • http://www.bakeat350.blogspot.com bridget {bake at 350}

    Team Edward, That’s What She Said….so funny!

    Your writing is perfection!

  • seekingpumas

    Love this. Great execution. And more substantive in word and taste than their candy counterparts!

  • http://Lieslsconfectiondissection@blogspot.com Liesl

    Sooooooooooooo cute !!! Great job!!

  • jenniebites

    Love the quotes from The Office, and the Twilight cookie. I’m going to have to try your sugar cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day, and I’m super excited after seeing so many on your blog :)

  • http://www.familyofpews.blogspot.com Janae

    Annie, I am very curious…I want to try royal icing but am wondering if it is worth it. I LOVE buttercream frosting on my sugar cookies and I’ve heard royal icing doesn’t taste as well. Is the cuteness factor of royal icing worth the taste difference to you–or how does it compare?

    P.S. I just discovered your site and love it. You are an incredible baker!

  • http://www.sugareverythingnice.blogspot.com jo

    Absolutely cute cookies and I love the variety of colors. Not forgetting the humour in each bite as well.

  • Annie

    Hi Janae,
    Royal icing doesn’t have much of a taste at all, but I love it for the cuteness factor. If I want frosting, I eat a cupcake. For me, cookies are about the cookie itself. I obviously love it, if you look back through the blog and see just how many cookies I have decorated with it. I never decorate them with anything else.

  • http://lindyslittlecorner.blogspot.com Lindy

    These are simply adorable! :)

  • http://www.j3nn.net Jenn

    LOL, these are adorable! Love the messages on them!! :) Too cute.

    Jenn

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    That’s What She Said – Best cookie ever! So adorable. Conversation hears have gotten pretty racy these days, I was shocked.

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  • http://www.healthyhappyplace.blogspot.com Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place

    they look absolutely gorgeous!! you need to start selling these!

  • http://KarlaHenderson1223@hotmail.com Karla

    Annie! So adorable!!! I am a big fan of conversation hearts, as long as they are the Necco brand!!! :) And I am terrified to attempt royal icing, but these cookies might just be the temptation necessary to make me conquer my fears!! :) Love them!

  • Annie

    Morgan,
    I do sell them! I have actually been doing quite a few cookie orders lately :)

  • http://edible-moments.blogspot.com Zahra

    “infinitely better tasting” lol i HAVE to agree with you on that one! :p

    looks really nice :)

  • Emily

    Hi Annie. I love your cookies. They are beautiful!

    I tried your cut out cookie recipe and had a bit of a problem. The dough was quite crumbly and it only gave me 25 cookies. Any ideas?

  • Annie

    Hi Emily,
    If the dough was crumbly, you may have measured the flour a little densely. You could try spooning it into a measuring cup, rather than scooping. As for the yield, that will depend entirely on the size and shape of cookie cutter you use.

  • http://www.domesticsuccess.com Wendy

    Seriously beautiful cookies! We are going to make our Valentines cookies today – thanks for the inspiration! Found you on Food Buzz!

  • http://mykentuckyhome-kim.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I love the cookies, especially the funny ones! I’m fascinated by how perfectly the writing turned out. Fantastic job:D

  • http://lifeofmineblogged.blogspot.com Amnah

    “That’s what she said” Hahhahahhaha!! Awesome.

    I adore your blog. You have such amazing recipes and pictures. I tried making the red velvet whoopie pies the other day. Blogged about it here: http://lifeofmineblogged.blogspot.com/2010/02/love-it-or-leave-it.html

  • http://bringonthebutter.wordpress.com tlm24x

    Annie -
    These are adorable! I made these cookies in heart shapes for Valentine’s Day, and everyone went nuts for them! The recipe is great! It is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much!

  • Pam

    Hi Annie – These are absolutely gorgeous! I love your website! I was wondering if you can substitute almond extract with anything else? I have a few family members who are allergic to almonds/nuts. Thank you!

  • Annie

    Hi Pam,
    I use imitation almond extract all the time when I make these for people with nut allergies. Or you could increase the vanilla, add some lemon zest, whatever. They’re very adaptable.

  • http://www.recipesforbaking.com Kathie

    Annie-
    I just found your blog yesterday, and I’m already in awe! These cookies are too cute. I can’t wait to try them next year. BTW you sold me with the “team Edward” cookie.

  • http://dishin.wordpress.com Nicole (dishin’)

    These are adorable! What a cute idea. They look so professional, too!

  • http://www.akitcheninbrooklyn.com Sasha

    These are fabulous and so neatly done. I checked out yoru tutorial on royal icing cookies and it was very helpful to me. Thanks so much – great site, please check out mine as well.

  • http://arendadehaan.wordpress.com arenda

    loooooove the look of these cookies, annie! they’re so cute.
    question for ya… i tried to make some red royal icing the other day + added quite few toothpicks full of the gel colouring + could only get pink icing… any tips?

  • Annie

    Hi Arenda,
    Some of the very vivid colors like red and black do require a LOT of the icing gel color. I have noticed with both red and black that the shade will appear a little off while the icing is still wet (pinkish when I want red, grayish when I want black) but once the icing dries, it is the color I was hoping for. So I usually add color until it seems the additions aren’t making a difference, and then just use the icing. It seems the dried color is always what I wanted. Hope that helps!

  • Annie

    Hi Jelli,
    Cookies with royal icing take a lot of time overall, but most of it is inactive (simply waiting for the icing to dry). I would say the actual time spent on the cookies (baking, decorating, etc.) is not more than 2-3 hours total. It certainly has gotten quicker with practice.

  • http://www.neohomesteading.com cat

    The icing is so incredibly perfect! You must have the steadiest hand, and your humor is refreshing.

  • http://www.yumsiliciousbakes.blogspot.com Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    Hahaha there’s a great idea! Now these are fun to see, as well as eat!!!

  • http://spoonwithme.wordpress.com Jenny

    Annie, you must have secretly gone to cookie-designing school, because these look fabulous! I give you an A+.

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    I love the Nice Ass ones. :) I so want to make those.

  • Annie

    Haha! Those are still our favorite. We were laughing SO hard while we came up with the phrases for these cookies.

  • Lyn Kaye

    How many cookies did you make out of one batch for the hearts?

  • Annie

    I don’t remember exactly and it depends entirely on the size of cookie cutter you use.

  • Cheryll Reiter

    I tackled these this weekend and tried to mass produce cookies for three different classroom parties. In the end I tried to rush this entire process and I didn’t end up with wonderful cookies, just OK cookies.

    My advise – Don’t rush it & watch the baking times so the cookies aren’t under cooked!

    I look forward to trying these out again for another holiday.

  • http://janiscooks.blogspot.com Janis

    Made the conversation heart cookies for both my son’s classes for Valentine’s Day. They were a big hit. Thanks for the recipes! :)

    I credited you with the link! :)
    http://janiscooks.blogspot.com/2011/02/conversation-heart-cookies-for.html

  • Jen

    I made them!! I LOVE them :) I made smaller ones in order to bring them to school easily. I also used only 4 colors, red, purple, blue and white, in order to cut down on clean up. They don’t look quite as artistic as yours lol but I still enjoy them! Thank you for the recipe!
    For people asking about piping bags… I actually use ziplock baggies and just cut a whole in the corner to w/e size is appropriate!

    :D

  • Jackie

    What decorating tips did you use here? Did you outline and flood the background color first? How long did you wait before writing the messages?

  • Anonymous

    I used the methods outlined in my royal icing tutorial, which is linked within this post. I don’t remember what size tips I used but it would have been either 2 or 1.

  • Traci

    I loved making and eating these cookies!!! I do not usually like sweets, or baking them, but this was fun and my family LOVED them!!!! Thanks for sharing !!

  • Rose

    How long can u store the cookies? I’m planning to make them weeks in advance for baby shower and wondering if the cookie and icing can last long?

    Btw, ur blog is just awesome! Thanks for sharing ur creativity :)

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page.

  • R.F.

    LOL NICE ASS :D

  • Erika

    Would you mind providing a list of the gel colors you used? Thank you! :)

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately I don’t have a list for that. I tend to just try random colors and mix as needed until I get the colors I am going for.