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But after looking at my completed cookies yesterday morning, I realized there was definitely something lacking in the assortment. There were no cookies for the guys! Valentine's Day is for everyone and I needed to create a more masculine cookie option.
So that's how these striped double decker heart cookies came about and I couldn't be more pleased. Although they were easy to make, I think they turned out quite striking and prove that simple can be super cute!
Here's how I made them:
|Make an equal number of rectangle or square base cookies and small hearts. Outline and fill the hearts with red royal icing and set them aside to dry.|
|Mix up flood consistency white royal icing and a small amount of flood consistency blue icing. Place them each in pastry bags fitted with #2 tips. Working on just one base cookie at a time, outline and fill it with white icing.|
|Use a scribe tool to evenly distribute the icing and give the cookie a gentle shake to help it settle.|
|Starting in the center, pipe a blue stripe and about 1/4-inch below pipe another one.|
|Keep adding evenly spaced stripes until you get to the bottom of the cookie.|
|Rotate the cookie so you can more easily add the remaining stripes. At least for me, working down is more comfortable than working up.|
|Add the stripes. It takes a few minutes, but they will all settle into the base icing for a flat look.|
|Set the cookies aside to dry completely and be sure to reserve a bit stiff icing for adhering the hearts.|
|Once the base cookies are dry, pipe a bit of stiff royal icing onto the back of a heart cookie and stick it to the base. Let them dry completely before serving or packaging.|