Iracebeth may claim, “It is far better to be feared, than loved,” but best not believe everything that comes out of the Red Queen’s mouth.
Inspired by her rosy heart-shaped lips, these sweet cookie kisses make an endearing offering on Valentine’s Day.
Red Queen Cookie Kisses
- Batch of chilled sugar cookie dough (homemade or store-bought)*
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Round cookie cutter (about 1.75 inches wide)
- Baking sheets
- Cooling rack
- Red taffy-like candy (such as AirHeads)**
- Small heart fondant cutter (about 3/4 inch wide)
- White cookie icing (the kind that hardens)
- Kitchen knife
- Edible black food marker
* If the store-bought brand of dough you use is too soft to hold the cookie shapes while baking, you can knead in a little extra flour to stiffen it before rolling it out.
** You can substitute red fondant for the candy, if you like.
Heat the oven. Working on a flour-dusted sheet of wax paper, roll out the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use the cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough. Bake the cookies according to the recipe directions and then let them cool completely.
Use the rolling pin to flatten a red taffy-like candy to about 3/8-inch thickness. Then use the small fondant cutter to cut out a heart-shape mouth for each cookie. Note: If the candy is too stiff to cut, try softening it in the microwave for 4 or 5 seconds.
Working with one cookie at a time, frost the top with white icing. Then press a candy heart into the icing in the center of the circle.
Set the cookies aside until the icing hardens (four hours or more).
Use the edible black food marker to draw a thin mouth line across the center of each heart, extending the ends onto the icing and curving them downward into a slight frown.