If you’re racking your brains to come up with fun Valentine’s gifts for your kids to take to school, there’s an easy and fun solution. Bake your own!
The kids will have fun baking them, even more decorating them and their friends will enjoy eating them too. Plenty of mess but no waste!
These cookie cutters are a great investment as you can use them for all sorts of baking all year round: for birthday parties and anniversaries too.
Here’s a cookie recipe to go with the cookie cutters that is easy and delicious, plain enough to smother with frosting but tasty enough to eat plain for adults with a less than sweet tooth.
Ateco Graduated Heart Cookie Cutters, Set of 6 currently cost $10.26 from Amazon.
If you have the patience for slightly tricksy cookie cutters this might be for you. Rather more elaborate than the plain heart cookie cutters it gives you a hand shape with the heart cut out of the middle. The hand is about the size of a 7 year old child’s and this is the age that the cookies are likely to appeal to… but don’t expect them to be cutting the cookies all by themselves, as the fingers are quite easy to break if the cutter sticks to the dough.
Another thing to watch out for is the uneven cooking of the cookies as the finger tips tend to brown before the main areas of the hand, so the dough must be rolled out very evenly to get a good result. But a fun idea all the same! Here is what the resulting cookies look like
R & M Heart in Hand Cookie Cutter costs $6.99 from Amazon.
These are an essential for any household with kids. My girls love making heart cookies, not just on Valentine’s Day but also for markets, birthdays and so on. The lovely thing about this set is that you can make all sorts of sizes – big ones to put words on, tiny ones to decorate with a single silver ball.
The largest cutter is 3 ¼ inches (9cm) and the smallest 1 7/8 inches (4.5cm). They’re deep enough for brownies as well as cookies and come in a cute round tin that keeps them in good shape when not in use – far better than the jumble of my baking drawer!
They’d make a great little gift for a 7-12 year old domestic goddess or a stocking filler for anyone who loves baking.
Ateco Graduated Heart Cookie Cutters, Set of 6 currently costs $10.14 from Amazon.