Heart-Shaped Painted Sugar Cookies

Make a quick and easy glaze for Valentine's Day cookies by warming canned white frosting in the microwave. Then paint ombre designs on the cookies using Flavor Paints – a fragrant mix of vanilla and food color. How to Paint with Food Colors (Download the PDF)

Serves: Makes 36 (1 cookie) servings.
30 mins Prep time 10 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
10 mins Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.

  • Roll dough on generously floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out hearts with 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

  • Spoon frosting into medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds. (Frosting should be a pourable consistency.) Dip tops of cookies into frosting. Place frosted cookies on wire rack set over foil-covered baking sheet. (The baking sheet will catch drips.) Let stand 10 minutes or until frosting is dried.

  • Prepare 3 colors of Flavor Paints (see tip). Paint stripes of red then medium pink then light pink on each cookie, cleaning paint brush in between colors. Let stand until paint is dried.

Cooking tip

Flavor Paints:
Red: 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Red Food Color
Medium Pink: 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 10 drops McCormick® Red Food Color
Light Pink: 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 4 drops McCormick® Red Food Color

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 167Calories: 167Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Sodium: 134mgProtein: 1g
  • Total Fat: 7gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g

Ratings & Reviews: 2

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  • Jennifer on 02/16/2015

    These were really good. The 2 teaspoons of vanilla gave them such a rich flavor. A definite hit!

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  • Vernon on 10/15/2014

    These cookies are so amazing!!! :D I love them so much!!!! Just the right amount of every ingredient. I didn't change a thing. I didn't try the edible paint on them but they were still very delish. Great on any day!!

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