These DIY heart sugar cookies with fondant decorations make perfect heart shaped cookies for Valentine's Day and even weddings!
These cookies are made using my favorite sugar cookie recipe. This easy sugar cookie recipe makes easy cut out cookies and the shape is perfectly maintained even after baking, producing symmetrical and perfectly shaped heart sugar cookies.
Unlike most recipes you find on the internet, these heart cookies are decorated with fondant instead of royal icing. I have provided detailed instructions on how to decorate these fondant cookies (which is very simple) and you can make a batch of these cookies on your own in no time at all!
These heart sugar cookies are layer cookies (sandwich cookies), and each completed cookie consist of 2 layers of heart cut out cookies. The first layer is a full heart shaped cookie while the top layer, although is of the same shape as the bottom layer, had a heart shaped hole cut in the center. The idea is for the filling of the sandwiched cookie to show from the top.
For the filling, instead of using the typical jam or buttercream frosting, I used fondant. In between the 2 layers of cookie, I attached a layer of thin rolled fondant in pink. In the center of each sandwiched cookie, I placed a tiny cute puffed heart (which I shaped by hand), and for the top of the cookie, I dusted with a layer of icing sugar. I used 2 shades of pink in the cookies and together with the white of the icing sugar, I must say the homemade cookies were indeed very pretty!
Table of contents
How to Make
- All purpose flour
- Granulated sugar (castor sugar)
- Vanilla extract
- Hearts cookie cutters in 2 sizes.
- Rolling pin
- Cake decorating brush (food grade brush)
Mixing the cookie dough
- Place butter in a large bowl. Add the granulated sugar and cream both on medium-high speed until the mixture turns light and creamy with an electric mixer (hand mixer or stand mixer). If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment. Do not over mix.
- Next, add the egg and continue beating on medium speed until it is well incorporated into the creamed mixture. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add vanilla extract and mix again.
- Finally, add the flour in batches into the creamed wet ingredients and mix these flour mixture until the dough comes together. Place the dough in a cling wrap (plastic wrap) covered bowl and refrigerate until it is firm. This step helps give the dough enough time to rest and is easier to handle.
Cutting and baking the cookies
- Remove dough from the fridge and divide it into smaller sections for easy rolling.
- To ensure the heart sugar cookies were all in even thickness, roll dough the on lightly floured surface in between 2 dowel sticks. In doing this, you place your rolling pin on both the dowel rods as you roll the dough. That way, you will get a uniform thickness for all the cookies.
- Cut the rolled sugar cookie dough using the heart cookie cutter.
- Next, divide the unbaked heart cut-out cookies into two. Place cutouts (the first set) on a parchment paper or baking sheet lined baking tray. For the remaining set, cut out a smaller heart shaped hole in the center of each cookie with a smaller heart cookie cutter. Lump these little hearts together and re-roll the dough to cut more heart shapes. Place the cookies on a separate baking tray.
- Refrigerate the unbaked heart shaped cookies for about 30 minutes before placing them in the oven for baking. Bake cookies in 2 batches. The full heart sugar cookies would require slightly longer baking time as compared to the ones with the holes in the center. Please refer to the recipe card below for details.
- Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes before removing them to a wire rack (cooling rack) to cool.
- Once the heart sugar cookies have cooled down to room temperature, you can start to decorate them. If not using immediately, store the cookies in an airtight container.
Decorating with fondant
- I started with the fondant work first. I used 2 different shades of pink fondant to decorate these heart cookies. Fondant was used as a filling and also to make the little puffed hearts in the center of each cookie. If you do not have pink fondant, you can always tint some white fondant with pink gel food coloring.
- And so I decided to use the shades alternately in my cookies. Half of the cookies were made with a combination of pink filling and baby pink puffed fondant hearts. The remaining half of the heart sugar cookies were made with the opposite combination of baby pink filling and pink puffed hearts.
- To begin with, I worked with the baby pink fondant. I rolled it thin (about ⅛ inch thick) and cut out heart shapes using the same cookie cutter I used for my cookie dough.
- I attached these to the full heart cookies by brushing the back of my heart fondant cut outs with a damp brush. This helped to stick the fondant to the sugar cookies.
- I covered half of the heart cookies with baby pink fondant and repeated the process for the remaining half with the pink fondant.
Making the puffed fondant hearts
- Next, using the baby pink fondant, I made little puffed hearts. To make the puffed hearts, I started by taking a pinch of fondant (in the size of a marble) and shaped it into a smooth ball with my palms.
- Next, I used my forefinger to roll the ball into a small sausage.
- In rolling the fondant, I made a small dent with in the center.
- And then, I folded the sausage into 2.
- I then pinched center of the sausage so that it becomes well pointed.
- For final touches, I pressed the sides and top until the heart was well rounded and puffed.
- Once I was done with the baby pink fondant, I moved on to the darker shade of pink fondant.
Assembling the cookies
- To assemble the heart sugar cookies, I placed all the baby pink puffed hearts onto pink fondant covered cookies and vice versa. I attached the puffed hearts with a light brush of water.
- And then, in a separate tray, I dusted the top layer heart cookies (heard shaped cookies with heart shaped holes) with icing sugar.
- And then I carefully placed them on top of the fondant covered cookies. To hold these top layer cookies in place, I brush the fondant on the bottom layer of the cookies with a damp brush before placing the cookies on.
- And that completed the heart sugar cookies fondant decoration.
Like these fondant decorated cookies? Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Chocolate Heart Cookies for Valentine's Day
- How to Make Puffed Fondant Hearts without Cutters or Molds
- Mini Heart Shaped Cakes with Pink Rosettes
- How to Color Sprinkles the Easy Way
- Pink 21st Birthday Cake Decorating Idea
- Pink Gerbera Daisy Wedding Cake
- Pretty in Pink Blueberry Lemonade
Here is the full printable version of my heart shaped favorite sugar cookie recipe and decorating guide.
Heart Sugar Cookies with Fondant
- Hearts cookie cutters in 2 sizes.
- Rolling Pin
- Cake decorating brush
For best results, use the metrics measurements. US customary measurements have not been tested and are only meant for guide.
Heart Sugar Cookies
- 400 g Plain flour
- 180 g Granulated sugar
- 200 g Butter salted
- 1 Egg
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Fondant Satin Ice fondant in Baby Pink and Pink.
- Powdered sugar (icing sugar)
Baking the cookies
- Line baking tray with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 170 °Celsius.
- Place butter in a clean bowl. Add the caster sugar and cream both until the mixture turns light and creamy. Do not over mix.
- Next, add the egg and continue beating until it is well incorporated into the creamed mixture. Add vanilla extract and mix again.
- Finally, add the flour in batches and mix until the dough comes together. Place the dough in a covered bowl and refrigerate until it is firm.
- Remove dough from the fridge and roll it between parchment paper or plastic sheets. Use dowel rods as a guide for the thickness of your cookies. Cut the dough with the larger of the 2 heart cookie cutters. Divide the heart shaped cookies into 2 batches. Place the first batch on a baking tray and refrigerate them again until they are firm for about 20 minutes.
- Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees Celsius for about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies) until they have turned golden brown.
- For the second batch of cookies, using the smaller heart cookie cutter, cut out heart shaped hole in the center of each heart cookie. Place the cookies on a baking tray and refrigerate until firm. Bake the cookies for about 10 - 12 minutes until they have turned golden brown.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and cool them on a wire rack. Keep cookies in an airtight container until ready to be decorated.
Decorating the sugar cookies with fondant
- Roll some baby pink fondant thin (about ⅛ inch thick) and cut out heart shapes using the same cookie cutter used to cut the cookies. Dampen the back of the fondant cut outs with a damp brush and attach these to half of the full heart cookies. Repeat the process with the pink fondant for remaining half of the heart shaped cookies.
Making the puffed fondant hearts
- Next, using the same shade of baby pink fondant, make little puffed hearts. To make these, pinch some fondant (about the size of a marble) and shape it into a smooth ball with your palms.
- Next, use your forefinger to roll the ball into a small sausage, making a small dent in the center as you roll it.
- And then, fold the sausage into 2 and pinch center of the sausage so that it becomes well pointed. This will make the pointed end of the heart.
- For final touches, press and shape the sides and top until the heart is well rounded and puffed.
- Repeat the steps for the pink fondant.
Assembling the cookies
- To assemble the heart sugar cookies, place one baby pink puffed heart onto the pink fondant covered cookie, vice versa. Attach the puffed hearts with a light brush of water. And then, in a separate tray, dust the heart shaped cookies (with the heart shaped holes) with icing sugar. Carefully place them on top of the fondant covered cookies. To make sure these sugar dusted cookies stay attached to the bottom layer cookies, brush the fondant layer on the bottom layer cookies with a damp brush before placing the second layer of cookie.
- And that completes the heart sugar cookies with fondant.
And that's that. My easy heart sugar cookies recipe.
Hope you enjoyed this pretty decorated heart sugar cookies tutorial.