Clever DIY Heart Cookie Ideas
Our editors hit the test kitchens to show their love for Betty Crocker cookie mixes, and they dreamed up a few fun twists for Valentine’s Day you don’t want to miss!
S’mookies & Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dessert mash-ups are nothing new, and s’mookies (s’mores made with cookies instead of graham crackers) are one of my favorites. Sure, I love a graham cracker as much as anyone, but there is something extra special about using two cookies to hold the campfire classic together. I made s’mookies with both Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix and Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mix, and both were delicious. I especially loved the oatmeal s’mookie because I dropped a couple of spoonfuls of the dough into metal heart-shaped cookie cutters and popped them in the oven together. The shape held beautifully and the cookie was nice and thick, giving the s’mookie a nice density that made it nearly impossible to share.
For the ice cream sandwiches, I again used both cookie doughs and found that though these two mixes are for drop cookies, I was able to roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper then use metal heart-shaped cookie cutters to make sugar cookie-like cutouts. Next I put the dough and parchment in the freezer for a few minutes. The freezing helped the dough firm up just enough to easily remove the cutouts from the parchment and place onto baking sheets. Even better? The cookies held their shape perfectly during baking. The next step to creating the sandwich was using a serrated knife to cut a thick slice of ice cream from a paper-packed pint. It worked like a charm! Then I used a metal heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the perfect ice cream filling for my cookie sandwich. I paired oatmeal cookies with coffee ice cream (wow!) and peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream (duh!), and there wasn’t a crumb or drop of ice cream left.—Erin Madsen, executive editor
Ice Cream Sandwiches with Sprinkles
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I’m new to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Growing up we always made regular chocolate chip cookies. It never occurred to me to try and improve upon greatness. Until now. Now, it’s oatmeal in my cookies, all the time. Of course, this sandwich cookie exercise was no exception. And as far I can tell (I’m still learning), the only way to improve upon my new favorite cookie is to add ice cream which is exactly what I did. I won’t claim that these are the prettiest of the bunch, and figuring out just when to add the ice cream and sprinkles was difficult—before you think the ice cream is soft enough is the trick—but sweet baby Cupid, were they delicious! Make them yourself with a pouch of Betty Crocker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, vanilla ice cream and sprinkles of your choice. For the best results, pop the sandwiches in the freezer for 5 minutes after adding the ice cream to allow them to firm up again, and voilà, a very sweet Valentine’s treat! —Kayla Knudson, managing editor
Pretty-in-Pink Sugar Cookies
If you were to visit my home or take a peek into my closet, it would probably take all of 2 minutes to figure out what my favorite color is: pink. So, when given the opportunity to play around with one of Betty Crocker’s most versatile products (sugar cookie mix) for Valentine’s Day, you know I had to figure out a way to work my beloved hue into the mix. While I’ve added flavor extracts and dried herbs to Betty’s sugar cookie mix before, I hadn’t experimented with food coloring. The truth is, it couldn’t be simpler! I added a few drops of neon pink food coloring before mixing the ingredients together which gave the dough a marbleized appearance, even after rolling it out. (If consistent color is your goal, I’d recommend adding the food coloring after the ingredients have been combined.) I loved how the pretty-in-pink color stayed true, even after baking. And the taste? Absolutely delicious, especially when enjoyed fresh out of the oven. Now that I’ve mastered dyeing dough, I’m eyeing up these Rainbow Cookies for Easter!
—Meghan McAndrews, senior editor