Conversation Heart Cookies


I don’t know about you, but as a child I was fairly indiscriminate when it came to candy.  We didn’t have candy all that often so when holidays came around, I was always very excited about all the candy I collected.  I ate my favorites first (chocolate), then some in between-ers (Nerds, Starburst, etc.) and then I might try some of the candies I already knew I didn’t like – such as the conversation hearts.  And every time, I wondered why I had put that chalky bad-tasting candy in my mouth again.  I think it’s because they are so cute, I just wanted to like them.


Well, these cookies are my solution.  All the cuteness of conversation hearts, but in the form of a delicious fun cookie! I’ve had these cookies in my head pretty much since last Valentine’s Day, and have just been waiting and waiting to make them.  I’m so happy I finally got the chance, because I had a total blast making these.  Now I have to tell you, I started out with a list of some pretty generic phrases to write on my cookies, but as I decorated, I got more and more creative (and Ben started feeding me some more humorous suggestions.)


So, if you’re a fan of The Office, I know you’ll like these.


And then we just got really ridiculous, as seen above.  Inspired by everything from Paris Hilton to Twilight, the ridiculous phrases were more fun to come up with than the traditional ones.  We were literally doubled over with laughter by the time I was finished.  But, I think the silly hearts have their place too.  After all, real conversation come with quite a few odd phrases.  “Don’t tell”, “Email me”, “Goodbye”, “Gotcha” to name a few.  I packaged my cookies up in boxes for friends and they were a huge hit.

Want to make your own conversation hearts?  Use my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and this tutorial on royal icing as a guide. Enjoy!

75 Responses

  1. I think these look fab. I made a batch of red and white ones but yours just look so beautiful and you make it looks oh so easy! Love your blog 🙂

  2. Love these! You make such yummy treats.

  3. I’m guessing these are a hundred times tastier than the candy. Your handiwork is perfection!

  4. Brilliant! I can’t stand those conversation hearts either. These are awesome, and I love That’s What She Said!!

  5. These are soooo cute!!! I spotted the “nice ass” right away – haha! Love the Office ones too 🙂 I really hate those chalky candies but taking the cuteness of the conversation heart and turning it into a cookie is genius!

  6. LOL. Really clever. Love this.

  7. I have cookies baked and icing waiting to do the same project today. I’ll be using them as favors for the dinner party I’m hosting tomorrow night. These are super cute.

  8. I was planning on making these today (minus the fun extra words!) It’s for kids on Sunday. Planned on making Boots (Dora) cookies but since my daughter’s party got postponed to Valentine’s Day, I just had to change to these! Wanted to make them since last Valentine’s as well!

  9. I love the That’s What, She Said ones. Hilarious. I thought about making some cookies for V-Day to bring in to work but can’t today because we’re having some kind of dessert for the birthdays from this week (I couldn’t bring as mine is one celebrated). Maybe I’ll make some of these on Sunday to bring in.

  10. so cute! i just made heart cut-outs last night and now i know how to decorate them. what tip do you use for writing?

  11. Too cute! Love that Ben helped with the expressions. That sound like something my boyfriend would have done! I always wanted to like conversations hearts as a kid too! But these are way better!

  12. Adorable! And I love the more non-traditional phrases!

  13. These are FANTASTIC.

  14. Awesome cookies, makes me want to bake a batch!

  15. Total fan of The Office!! Love the cookies.

  16. OOHHH GOODNESS!! Thesee are so freakin adorable!!! HAHA!! The first one I noticed was the “Nice Ass” one and my first thought was, “I don’t remember that being on any of MY candy hearts”… lol

  17. So cute Annie – I love all the phrases!

  18. These are gorgeous!
    Thanks for being such a great Inspiration!

  19. These are absolutely stunning! I made my first batch (ever!) cookies with royal icing last night and I can’t wait to keep practicing my technique! Your conversation hearts are priceless! How many batches of icing did you have to make to cover all the colors you made?

    • Hi Liz,
      I made a double batch of cookies, and a double batch of royal icing to decorate them. It ended up being the perfect amount. I have found after decorating countless batches of these cookies to err on the side of too much icing. It’s easy to make, but it’s a pain to have to get out the mixer and make more instead of doing it right the first time!

  20. I already decided to make the cookie dough truffles and the heart whoopie pies this weekend and now you go and post this. You are making this a difficult decision!! All of your recipes are amazing!!

  21. I’m so tempted to go out and buy the ingredients to makes these right now! What a great idea. That’s what she said is killer, gotta love The Office! I can’t wait til’ next year…. my husband is going to flip for these. Love, love, love your site…. your chocolate truffles are to die for btw!

  22. These are really cute. Your writing is perfect!!! Mine would not look like this. Hahaha. I need some practice…

  23. So so fun!

  24. Love these. I think I’m going to try to make something similar this weekend. I’m nervous!!

  25. Annie The Office quotes and “text me” made me laugh out loud. AWESOME

  26. I have to ask, how artistic are you? I went back and looked at some of your other sugar cookies and they are beautiful. Can I even attempt these or should they be left for the more artsy, crafty type?

    • Mary,
      I’m pretty artsy-craftsy, but I think anyone can be artistic if they want. You don’t have to be artistic to decorate cookies (especially if you use someone else’s design), you just need a steady hand.

  27. ADORABLE! These are both gorgeous and hilarious. Have a great Valentine’s weekend:)

  28. Those are hilarious and they look absoltuely perfect!

  29. These are so cute! I’d love to know how long it took you to make them, as it seems like these kinds of cookie endeavors take me ALL day. Is there some kind of shortcut that I’m missing, or is this really a very time-consuming effort of love?

    • Hi Jelli,
      Cookies with royal icing take a lot of time overall, but most of it is inactive (simply waiting for the icing to dry). I would say the actual time spent on the cookies (baking, decorating, etc.) is not more than 2-3 hours total. It certainly has gotten quicker with practice.

  30. As a fellow Hoosier I first must say I love your blog!! I would love to know if you have any tips for getting the letters so perfect and uniform. They look perfect!!

    • Hi Debbie,
      No tips in particular, it’s just my handwriting. But, the great thing about royal icing is if you mess up, you can just wipe off and start over!

  31. Wow is all I can say! I bakery in my village was doing these with personalised messages. Hope they are seriously appreciated by whomever gets to eat them.

  32. Anxious to try this sugar cookie recipe. Mine doesn’t use powdered sugar. Your icing is perfection! I have listed your blog on mine and are a follower. Be great if you did the same.

  33. Hi Annie,
    I absolutely love your blog! This past Christmas, I decided to give out sugar cookies with royal icing, using all of your advice that you’ve given. They turned out super cute but I noticed that the cookies tastes dry by the next day. I’ve never had this happen when I’ve used buttercream frosting. Have you noticed that with the royal icing?

    Alison

    • Hi Alison,
      What sugar cookie recipe are you using? I am guessing that might be the problem. Mine are left out for about 2 days and sometimes 3 in the decorating process, but they are still soft and not at all dry. I actually think the royal icing helps seal in some of the moisture, more than other frostings.

  34. So cute, Annie! Also, you have the best handwriting of any doctor I know!!

  35. First I love that you are on Team Edward and that you love The Office. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  36. reminds me of my hay days back in elementary school when I used to really bring home the valentines day cards, if you know what i mean…

  37. I made similar cookies earlier! They didn’t come out nearly as nice as yours, but it was my first time :). My favorite cookie was “Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww…..Love”. I had double heart cookies :).

  38. Team Edward, That’s What She Said….so funny!

    Your writing is perfection!

  39. Love this. Great execution. And more substantive in word and taste than their candy counterparts!

  40. Sooooooooooooo cute !!! Great job!!

  41. Love the quotes from The Office, and the Twilight cookie. I’m going to have to try your sugar cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day, and I’m super excited after seeing so many on your blog 🙂

  42. Annie, I am very curious…I want to try royal icing but am wondering if it is worth it. I LOVE buttercream frosting on my sugar cookies and I’ve heard royal icing doesn’t taste as well. Is the cuteness factor of royal icing worth the taste difference to you–or how does it compare?

    P.S. I just discovered your site and love it. You are an incredible baker!

    • Hi Janae,
      Royal icing doesn’t have much of a taste at all, but I love it for the cuteness factor. If I want frosting, I eat a cupcake. For me, cookies are about the cookie itself. I obviously love it, if you look back through the blog and see just how many cookies I have decorated with it. I never decorate them with anything else.

  43. Absolutely cute cookies and I love the variety of colors. Not forgetting the humour in each bite as well.

  44. These are simply adorable! 🙂

  45. LOL, these are adorable! Love the messages on them!! 🙂 Too cute.

    Jenn

  46. That’s What She Said – Best cookie ever! So adorable. Conversation hears have gotten pretty racy these days, I was shocked.

  47. […] feel as though I am keeping up with the season, conversation hearts.  Check out Annie’s Eats Conversation Heart Cookies for the sugar cookie form.  You can even customize the sayings – […]

  48. they look absolutely gorgeous!! you need to start selling these!

  49. Annie! So adorable!!! I am a big fan of conversation hearts, as long as they are the Necco brand!!! 🙂 And I am terrified to attempt royal icing, but these cookies might just be the temptation necessary to make me conquer my fears!! 🙂 Love them!

  50. “infinitely better tasting” lol i HAVE to agree with you on that one! :p

    looks really nice 🙂

  51. Hi Annie. I love your cookies. They are beautiful!

    I tried your cut out cookie recipe and had a bit of a problem. The dough was quite crumbly and it only gave me 25 cookies. Any ideas?

    • Hi Emily,
      If the dough was crumbly, you may have measured the flour a little densely. You could try spooning it into a measuring cup, rather than scooping. As for the yield, that will depend entirely on the size and shape of cookie cutter you use.

  52. Seriously beautiful cookies! We are going to make our Valentines cookies today – thanks for the inspiration! Found you on Food Buzz!

  53. I love the cookies, especially the funny ones! I’m fascinated by how perfectly the writing turned out. Fantastic job:D

  54. “That’s what she said” Hahhahahhaha!! Awesome.

    I adore your blog. You have such amazing recipes and pictures. I tried making the red velvet whoopie pies the other day. Blogged about it here: http://lifeofmineblogged.blogspot.com/2010/02/love-it-or-leave-it.html

  55. Annie –
    These are adorable! I made these cookies in heart shapes for Valentine’s Day, and everyone went nuts for them! The recipe is great! It is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much!

  56. Hi Annie – These are absolutely gorgeous! I love your website! I was wondering if you can substitute almond extract with anything else? I have a few family members who are allergic to almonds/nuts. Thank you!

    • Hi Pam,
      I use imitation almond extract all the time when I make these for people with nut allergies. Or you could increase the vanilla, add some lemon zest, whatever. They’re very adaptable.

  57. Annie-
    I just found your blog yesterday, and I’m already in awe! These cookies are too cute. I can’t wait to try them next year. BTW you sold me with the “team Edward” cookie.

  58. These are adorable! What a cute idea. They look so professional, too!

  59. These are fabulous and so neatly done. I checked out yoru tutorial on royal icing cookies and it was very helpful to me. Thanks so much – great site, please check out mine as well.

  60. loooooove the look of these cookies, annie! they’re so cute.
    question for ya… i tried to make some red royal icing the other day + added quite few toothpicks full of the gel colouring + could only get pink icing… any tips?

    • Hi Arenda,
      Some of the very vivid colors like red and black do require a LOT of the icing gel color. I have noticed with both red and black that the shade will appear a little off while the icing is still wet (pinkish when I want red, grayish when I want black) but once the icing dries, it is the color I was hoping for. So I usually add color until it seems the additions aren’t making a difference, and then just use the icing. It seems the dried color is always what I wanted. Hope that helps!

  61. The icing is so incredibly perfect! You must have the steadiest hand, and your humor is refreshing.

  62. Hahaha there’s a great idea! Now these are fun to see, as well as eat!!!

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