One of my many dream jobs is to create conversation hearts. I wouldn’t go the regular “I <3 U” route, but more of an edgy, hip, and slightly insulting route. These conversation heart cookies are probably the closest I’ll get to that dream. They’re also so much more delicious than any chalky piece of candy.
Today I’m collaborating with Danielle of Danielle’s Kitchen to celebrate Galentine’s Day! We’re bringing you two pretty Valentine’s Day treats, but we’re badass ladies so we’re celebrating Galentine’s instead!
If you don’t already know Danielle and her booming Instagram – she’s an incredible lil lady! She’s built a wonderful brand for herself, is constantly growing exponentially on IG, her photography is beautiful, her recipes simple, delicious, and accessible, AND she’s a senior in high school. Dang girl. So run, don’t walk, over to her blog to get the recipe for some beautiful Red Velvet Cookies.
My contribution to this Galentine’s date is these rustic gluten free conversation heart cookies! Why rustic? Because if the Food Network has taught me anything, it’s that if your food looks a little messy, you can call it rustic and all is forgiven. These cookies turned out a little more “rustic” than I had hoped, but I decided that that makes them more approachable and more real life! Right? Right??
The cookies themselves have a crispy sugar cookie vibe and are seriously addicting. They taste like sweet vanilla and have such a wonderful crisp texture. The icing is made with powdered coconut sugar and… aquafaba! For colouring, I went the natural route with beet powder, turmeric, and matcha, which all created vibrant colours. My favourites were definitely the pretty shades of pink from the beet powder!
For the heart shape, I wasn’t able to find heart shape cookie cutters that I liked, so I just free handed them. Alternatively, you could print and cut out a heart shape and trace that with a pairing knife into the dough. I also wasn’t able to get my hands on a pastry bag with fine tips and went for a piece of parchment paper instead. It worked really well! I recommend practicing writing on a baking tray or cutting board beforehand. That way you can get a feel for it and make sure the icing is the right consistency. If it’s too thin, it’ll spread as you write and yurn blobby. Just add more powdered sugar if this is happening!
Feel free to write whatever your heart desires on these cute conversation heart cookies! Some ideas:
- Cute AF
- Girl Boss
- Gal Pal
- Sweet Angel
- Sass Queen
- V Ratchet
- Ur A Turd
- Get Out
- Shut Up
If you give these conversation heart cookies a try, please show me! I want to know what you write on them! Instagram them, Tweet them, or comment below letting me know.
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup powdered coconut sugar*
- 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (Bob's Red Mill)
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp aquafaba
- 1 cup icing sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- beet powder
- Heat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Use a fork to mix them together as much as possible.
- Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix. It's easiest to do so with your hands
- If it's not coming together, add almond milk a tablespoon at a time until it is reaches a soft cookie dough consistency.
- Transfer on to a a clean surface and roll it out until it's about ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or cut out heart shapes. Place on lined baking tray. Continue with all of the dough. For any scraps, simply bake into round cookies.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until firm and the edges start to golden.
- Remove from heat and let cool on a wire rack.
- Add aquafaba and vanilla to a large bowl, beat with electric beaters. Slowly add in the icing sugar while beating. Beat until smooth and glossy.
- Separate the icing into 4 bowls (or however many colours you plan on using). Set one bowl aside - this will be for the writing.
- Pink: add ¼-1/2 tsp beet powder. Green: add ¼ tsp matcha. Yellow: add ¼ tsp turmeric.
- Once the cookies have cooled completely, ice with the coloured icing and then set aside to set.
- For the writing, pour the white icing into a parchment paper piping bag or a piping bag with a fine tip. Practice writing on a piece of parchment, to make sure the icing is thick enough. You may need to mix in a little more icing sugar.
- Once you're ready to write, go ahead and write a sweet message on each cookie.
- Let set until the icing is firm.
Don’t forget to check out Danielle’s beautiful Red Velvet Cookies!