More Message Hearts

Some folks out there got a chance to try out our message heart cookies in time for valentine’s day. Some were successful, right down to the oversized sweethearts box. Some not so successful, including a convoluted story of trials and tribulations. If you try out one of our projects, we’d love to hear about it and see your photos in the flickr auxiliary.

9 thoughts on “More Message Hearts

  1. They didn’t come out looking as awesome as yours, but I think I had an inferior shortbread recipe. Kids enjoyed making stencils, cookies and spray, though. And the wife like them.

    It hardly used any spray either, so now I have a bunch left over. I’ve been stenciling PB&J sandwiches.

  2. Lenore,
    Would you mind posting the shortbread recipe you used? Would I be correct to assume it doesn’t contain any leavening (baking powder or soda)?

    I didn’t try these, but I want to :)


    1. I used the recipe from the Joy of Cooking since it didn’t have leavening or exotic ingredients. Since I wanted lots of different colors, I split it into half batches. Here’s the half-sized recipe: blend together until fluffy 5 Tbsp softened butter, 3/4 tsp granulated sugar, 2 Tbsp powdered sugar, and 1/8 tsp salt with 5-10 drops food coloring. Mix in 3/4 cup sifted flour. Bake at 300 F for 45-50 min (err on the low side so it doesn’t brown too much).

  3. I’d love to know the recipe you used as well.

    I also wonder if my stencil was too small? How big were the letters you used?

  4. Hi, I tried a doing a few of these cookies with a similar shortbread recipe. I sprayed them with my stencils on them. However, when I pulled up the stencil, the lettering looked like it fanned out. Is there too much butter in my recipe or my stencil wasn’t completely flat on the cookie? I have yet to try spraying the words on before cooking them. Can you give me more tips? Thanks.

    1. Sounds like your stencil wasn’t flat on the cookie, or you sprayed too close to the cookie, and it blew under the stencil.

        1. Thank you for your advice of not spraying too close. I sprayed the lettering on before baking. I also put them in the fridge for at least 20 min before baking so that they would keep their shape (with the squared edges). I would like the stencil stronger though as they started to warp with the water-based spray. (I don’t know about glazing them with glue since they touch the cookie.) In the end, they turned out as well as I thought (with my expertise)…wanted them perfect. But when I opened up a bag of Conversation Heart Candies, the lettering wasn’t perfectly on also! I was then pleased with myself. Thanks for idea! Your website is great!

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