Conversation Hearts

Conversation Hearts

A simple way to say “I Love You” on a Valentine cookie recipe.

1:15 prep time
24 cookies
353 Ratings



1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Egg Yolk Paint

1/2 teaspoon water
Assorted food colors


Combine powdered sugar and butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add 2 egg yolks and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough in half. Shape each into a ball; flatten to about 1/2 inch. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Heat oven to 375°F

Roll out dough, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), on lightly floured surface to 1/4- to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Combine 1 egg yolk and water in bowl until well mixed. Divide mixture into several small cups; tint each with food color as desired. 

Paint thin layer of egg yolk paint onto cookies, using small clean paintbrushes, to form desired designs. Bake 5-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely. 

Variation: Frosted Heart CookiesOmit preparation of egg yolk paint and painting of cookies before baking. Bake cookies as directed. Frost cooled cookies with Powdered Sugar Glaze. Let stand on cooling rack 6 hours or until dry. To paint, place small amounts of paste color on a piece of waxed paper or small amounts of liquid food color in small cups. If using paste colors, dip small brush in water and then in paste color. Paint designs onto frosted cookies, painting largest part of design first. When using more than one color on a cookie, let each color dry before adding another color.

Recipe Tip

If egg yolk paint thickens while rolling out dough, stir in a few drops water.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 140

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 45mg

Sodium: 90mg

Carbohydrates: 14g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #13112©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made these cookies with my 5 year old daughter and they were great. They are easy yet very sturdy and tasted great. We used almond and vanilla extracts in lieu of the peppermint and decorated them with coloured sugar for Valentine's day. My new go-to roll out sugar cookie recipe.
I made this recipe & skipped the egg yolk paint. I dipped half of the cookie in chocolate like another similar recipe listed. They were delicious!
Thanks Land O'Lakes. I made this cookies and they are delicious, they were a hit on my little one's Valentines party.

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