I was overcome by Valentine Love and decided to make fancy heart cookies for each kid and teacher in Primary. (About 60). I must have been overcome by cookie blogs (I love this one) The last "cut out" cookies I made were in the jurasic past and weren't that successful, but how hard could it be? I can paint a portait so I should be able to produce some heart cookies with poka dots. My goals were modest. I used This recipe with the changes cookiecrazie made. (She adds 1/2 C more flour and bakes at 325 for a longer time.) This is the easiest handling dough for cut out cookies I've ever used. Not sticky at all. I used my wooden spoon handles for guides to rolling them out and it made the perfect thickness - about 3/8 inch. I baked several batches in the two weeks before the day and put them in the freezer with parchment between layers of cookies. The heart cookie cutter I've had for so long that I have no idea where it came from but it made a big cookie.
cookiecrazie is really generous about directions on how to ice and decorate cookies. The directions for icing she uses and her directions are pretty clear. The icing has to dry for 12 to 24 hours so I started the Wed. before Valentines and figured I would do this in two or three decorating sessions. I had bought some Wilton gel colors. Boy, have they improved since I last used them a hundred years ago. Also - I don't know when they invented this - but WHITE food coloring is genius. Plain frosting is sort of see through gray but add a few drops of white coloring and it's sparkly opaque white.