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How to Make Easy, Delicious Valentine Cookies When You Don't Know How

Updated on February 12, 2017
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How To Make Easy Delicious Valentine Cookies When You Don't Know How

Homemade cookies are the bomb but when you've never baked before or followed a recipe how are you going to do it? Well, Valentine's Day is kinda special and even if you are alone and single, you don't have to let the pile of tools and equipment you need stop you. You won't have all the baking supplies either, but come on it's Valentine's Day! Let's make cookies for you or someone special in your life! It will be really easy, I promise.

You're Going To Make These!

Easy Delicious Valentine Cookies for the Beginner Baker
Easy Delicious Valentine Cookies for the Beginner Baker | Source

Or These!

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This is a Beginner's Recipe

Some skills like cooking and baking, some people never learn, but there comes a time when they wish they could. Today we are going to show you that you can make cookies by cheating a little bit. We are going to use a toaster oven because you may live in a dorm or a bachelor suite and the big oven is just too overwhelming, or you may not even have one.

I am a self-taught cook and I have taught cooking and baking for years. The images you see in this tutorial are not professionally polished and perfect for a reason. I am showing you what you do doesn't have to be perfect. You are going to make cookies for yourself or someone else with love. If I presented perfect looking cookies to you, you may be disappointed in your own efforts. Appreciating your own efforts to try something you have never done before is a stellar accomplishment. Celebrate and have a cookie!

What you will Need:

  • cutting board
  • ready-made Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
  • sharp knife
  • ready made tin of icing
  • ready made tube of icing
  • sprinkles
  • toaster oven
  • toaster oven tray
  • kitchen cutlery knife

We are Going To Use Ready-Made Cookie Dough For This Recipe

Since you really don't have baking supplies or a lot of tools you may need to make cookies, we are going to give you success in baking the first time you do it. Then if you like the cookies you made, you can spread your wings a bit more and venture into something made from scratch.You can even get a few ingredients and follow some of my easy tutorials or those of others. I have some awesome recipes in my Cooking For One series that I'm sure you could learn to make. After all, not knowing how to cook for yourself and get pleasure from your own efforts can be very limiting.

Using Ready-Made Products

I am a "from scratch" cook and baker. I really never use read-made products but for the purposes of reducing stress and giving a successful outcome to a first-time baker it can be important. Baking usually requires a number of ingredients and tools that a first time baker may not have.Thus a ready made product allows the first-time baker to dip their toe in the water so-to-speak and see if they like baking.

Toaster ovens are great for pizza pops and frozen pizzas that college students eat, but you can bake cookies in them too. With the sweet smell of cookies baking and the rewards of eating just-out-of-the-oven cookies, it's worth a try.

Help From Mrs. Pillsbury

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In the Refrigerated Section In The Store

Go where you finds cheese and yogurt and somewhere in there is a bunch of Pillsbury products. They even have chocolate chip cookies which you can make once you've had success with these Valentine cookies.

While You're in the Store, Pick up These Two Kinds of Icing

It doesn't matter what kind you get. Pick up chocolate if you like.
It doesn't matter what kind you get. Pick up chocolate if you like. | Source
This is to draw little hearts on the cookies in the first picture.
This is to draw little hearts on the cookies in the first picture. | Source

Round Cookie Directions at a Glance

  • Take the wrapper off the cookie dough and place the cookie dough on a cutting board.
  • Flatten the ends of the cookie log and smooth out any creases with your fingers.
  • Cut the dough with a sharp knife into just over ¼ inch slices.
  • Using your fingers push the dough gently into a circle, removing any flat spots on the sides.
  • Put a piece of foil or parchment paper on the toaster oven tray.
  • Transfer the cookie rounds to the toaster oven tray and put the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Set the timer for 30 minutes, remove the tray from the freezer and put it in the toaster oven.
  • Set the oven to 325 degrees F and bake the cookies approximately 10 minutes or until just starting to turn brown on the edges.
  • Be sure to check the cookies around the 8 minute mark to be sure they are not getting too brown or burning.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, let cool before icing them.
  • Stick a pin or a small nail in the end of the icing tube to make a tiny hole.
  • Squeeze the icing out of the tube and draw a heart of design of your choice on the cookies.
  • Enjoy with a hot cuppa! Or put them in a pretty box and give them to someone special.

Heart Cookie Directions at a Glance

  • Take the wrapper off the cookie dough and place the cookie dough on a cutting board.
  • Flatten the ends of the cookie log and smooth out any creases with your fingers.
  • Cut the dough with a sharp knife into just over ¼ inch slices.
  • Hold the sides of the cookie dough gently with your right hand while you pinch the bottom of the circle of dough into a soft point with your left hand.
  • With your left hand, hold the sides of the point while you push an indent into the side of the top of the circle so that it looks loosely like a heart.
  • With your fingers gently push the dough making both side of the heart more symmetrical, smoothing lumps and ridges with your fingers.
  • Put a piece of foil or parchment paper on the toaster oven tray.
  • Transfer the cookie hearts to the toaster oven tray and put the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Set the timer for 30 minutes, remove the tray from the freezer and put it in the toaster oven.
  • Set the oven to 325 degrees F and bake the cookies approximately 9 minutes or until just starting to turn brown on the edges.
  • Be sure to check the cookies around the 6 to 7 minute mark to be sure they are not getting too brown or burning.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, let cool before icing them.
  • Open the can of icing and using a kitchen cutlery knife, spread the icing on each cookie and top with sprinkles if using.
  • You can also add some food coloring to the white icing to color it.
  • Enjoy with a cuppa or put them in a pretty box and give them to someone special.

Take the Wrapper Off The Cookie Dough and Put it on a Cutting Board

I've squared up the ends of the cookie log a little bit with my fingers.
I've squared up the ends of the cookie log a little bit with my fingers. | Source

When you take the wrapper off the cookie dough you will see the ends are rounded and wrinkled. Using your fingers try to flatten the ends of the cookie dough without losing the round log shape. You may find it helpful to stand the log on end and push it into the cutting board a bit. Smooth out any bumps and ridges with your fingers.

You can made one or both shapes of cookies. They both start out the same way, by cutting the dough into slices, slightly thicker than 1/4 inch.

Cut The Dough Into Slices

Slice the cookie dough with a fairly sharp knife like a paring knife or a chefs knife. Kitchen cutlery knives will do in a pinch but they tend to mash the dough more.
Slice the cookie dough with a fairly sharp knife like a paring knife or a chefs knife. Kitchen cutlery knives will do in a pinch but they tend to mash the dough more. | Source

Lay Them on Your Toaster Oven Tray

Leave a finger width space between each cookie on the tray.
Leave a finger width space between each cookie on the tray. | Source

Cookies Can Stick to the Baking Tray

To prevent the cookies from sticking to the baking tray and breaking when you try to remove them, lay a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil onto the baking tray, cut to size. You can also use a very thin layer of butter smeared onto the tray with a piece of paper or your fingers. As you can see in the picture I have used parchment paper which is in the sandwich bag and ziplock bag section of the supermarket.

Notice They are no Longer Round

If you are going to bake the round cookies with the icing hearts, use your fingers to round out the flat spots and flatten any bumps on the sides of the cookies. It makes a nicer looking cookie. If you want to make the heart shaped cookies, read on.

Now They Look Rounder

Let your fingers do the rounding.
Let your fingers do the rounding. | Source

A Word About Pillsbury Cookie Dough

This particular type of dough is designed to spread when you bake them. That is why their instructions say to cut the cookies half an inch thick. You want the cookies to hold their shape. More experienced bakers would break up the cookie dough into a bowl and add 1/4 cup of flour, mixing it together with their hands. Since you probably don't have any flour, you are going to pop the tray of cut cookies into the freezer for about 30 minutes.

If you are going to make the heart cookies, put the tray in the freezer after the cookies have been shaped. The shaping instructions are a bit further down the page.

Put the Tray of Cookies in the Toaster Oven

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Take the cookie tray out of your freezer and stick it in your toaster oven. Set the temperature for 325 degrees F. and set the timer for 10 minutes. Be sure to check the cookies after about 7 to 8 minutes to make sure they are not getting too brown or burning. Not all toaster ovens are calibrated correctly. Some are too hot and some are too cold. If yours is just right, you are one of the lucky ones.

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How Long Does it Take, How Much Does it Make?

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 19 cookies, depending on how thick you cut them

Just Lightly Brown, Smelling Delicious, and Beautiful

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Let the tray of cookies cool before you ice them. The little cookie icing bag you bought, is what you will use to put the hearts on the round cookies in the first picture above.

To ice the cookies, I poked a very small hole in the end of the pointed tube to get a very fine line. I put three hearts slightly offset from one another on each cookie. If you want a single heart, you can cut the end off the tube for a thicker line like on the cookies in the second picture below.

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Ah! Coffee and Cookies!

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This is the Dough That is Left of the Log

Cut the remaining dough into slices
Cut the remaining dough into slices | Source

Shaping the Hearts

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Using the thumb and pointy finger of your left hand gently squeeze one end of the dough circle into a soft point, using your right hand to hold the dough in place. Gently flatten any lumps and ridges that form.

Now, holding the sides of the point gently, push the top of the dough slightly down towards the bottom, forming an indent. It will look lopsided, so gently push the dough so that both sides of the indent look even. It doesn't have to be perfect. The icing will cover up some of the flaws. It takes practice to perfect techniques you have never used before so just do your best.

Now it Looks Like This

Shape the remaining cookie slices
Shape the remaining cookie slices | Source

Shape the Remaining Slices Until all the Dough is Used

I got 7 hearts out of the remaining dough.
I got 7 hearts out of the remaining dough. | Source

These hearts will be put in the freezer for 30 minutes, just like the round cookies were. Set the timer, then remove them from the freezer and put the tray in the toaster oven.

Set the toaster oven temperature to 325 degrees F. but bake them for about 9 minutes. The pointed end of the hearts will brown faster than the rounded ends so again, check the cookies at ;6 to 7 minutes to make sure they aren't getting too brown or burning.

Let the Cookies Cool Before You Ice Them

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This particular icing is white and I thought it would be fun to make a bit of it pink so I used some paste color and a tooth pick to mix the two together in a small bowl. In this tutorial, there are only 7 hearts to ice so I didn't make a lot of pink. If you are making all hearts and you want to ice them all, you can make a larger bowl full.

You can also use liquid food coloring if you wish, although you need to keep in mind that the liquid will make the icing runnier. You don't even have to color the icing at all. I used sprinkles to add interest and give the cookies a different look.

With this icing, you just open the can and spread the icing on the cookies with a kitchen cutlery knife. It is so easy. Use sprinkles if you like or leave them plain. Either way, they will be delicious, and you made them.

Very Nice Looking Cookies I Must say!

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Perfect With a Cup of Tea!

Are you going to have one now?
Are you going to have one now? | Source

If you are adventurous enough to try to make these cookies, you will open yourself to more cooking adventures. You can learn to make things that you enjoyed in your childhood, or that your partner used to make for you when they were alive.

Food triggers pleasure like nothing else. And, making Valentine cookies for yourself or someone else is fun. Give it a try.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories 120
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 11 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
Sodium 95 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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