Some of the most iconic things associated with Valentine’s Day are conversation hearts. These little candies have been putting smiles on people’s faces with their messages for nearly 150 years. Their distinctive heart shapes and short, sweet messages are easy to reproduce on other mediums, as well as in sugar, which means that you can make conversation cakes, brownies or cookies for your own Valentine’s Day celebrations. These Conversation-Heart Cookie Cutters, made by Chicago Metallic, are just one tool that you can use at home to easily make your own conversation hearts this year.
The plastic cookie cutters are double sided, so that you can cut out the cookie with one side and flip it over to imprint one of the messages onto the dough (or, you could simply leave some of the cookies plain). The messages include Love You, I’m Yours, True Love, Be Mine, Kiss Me, Hugs, Kisses, and XOXO – not quite as modern as the “text me” message that they’re putting onto the candies, but these are classics that are still perfect for the holiday. I like the fact that the cookie cutters aren’t solid, since it means that if any dough gets stuck in the cutter you can press it out with a finger or a butter knife without messing up the shape of the cookie. The scalloped edges around the cutters don’t make it onto the finished cookie designs, but they do make the cutters easy to hold – especially for small hands. The cutters come with a cookie dough recipe, although any butter cookie recipe will work with them if you prefer to use one of your own.