Monday, February 6, 2012

Double-decker, Stripey, Valentine Cookies

Hey guys!  We're invited to a Valentine Party today at my friend Shelly's blog, Cookies and Cups!

I have a deep love for the horizontal stripe.  I know, I know, they are not figure-flattering.  So, how about if we EAT the horizontal stripes, instead of wear them?  That won't make us look fat, will it?

{Don't answer that.}

These are some of the simplest cookies to make.  And what makes them extra special is that they're double-decker!  The cookies are just attached with a bit of royal icing...it's like yummy, yummy glue.

To make the cookies, you'll need:
First, use a #3 tip to outline the square cookie.  I used a #3 here because I really wanted the outline to show.  Switch the tip to a #2 and outline the hearts in red.

Go ahead and save some of this piping consistency red icing.  You won't need it until the next day.  You can just plop the icing bag right in your fridge.

Thin the red icing with water, a little at a time, stirring gently with a rubber spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. (Here is a video I made a few years ago showing how I do it.)  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula to pop any air bubbles that might have formed.  Pour into a squeeze bottle.

Fill the hearts with the flood icing, using a toothpick to guide to edges and pop large air bubbles.  Set aside to dry overnight.

Thin the white icing and the colors for the stripes, using the method described above.  Transfer to squeeze bottles.

Working 6 cookies at a time, flood the square cookies with the white icing.  Guide to the edges and spread with a toothpick; pop large air bubbles.

{We're working 6 cookies at a time here to give the white a few minutes to set.  It helps prevent bleeding. If you wait too long, though, the icing won't lie flat on the base color and will be raised up.}

Starting with the first cookie flooded, add stripes in the colored icing. 

Let the cookies dry overnight.

The next day, remove the reserved piping icing from the fridge.  I like to let it come to room temperature, but you don't have to.  You may need to remove the tip and push a toothpick through if the tip is clogged.

Squeeze a little of the icing on the back of the small heart cookie.  You don't need much, and you don't want it to ooze out the sides.

Gently press it onto the square cookie.  Let dry for about 30 minutes to an hour to set.


So simple.  And perfect for sharing with your valentine. 

Now...you must (MUST!) go see all of the treats linked up to Shelly's valentine partyNo, really...you must.  I'm watching you.

Just look at all of these amazing valentine treats...

Here's the list:

1.  Confessions of a Cook Book Queen  ~ Valentines Twinkies on a Stick
2.  Buns in My Oven ~ Hot Fudge and Strawberry Donut Pudding
3.  Glorious Treats ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes
4.  Cookies and Cups ~ Glass Topper Valentines Cookies
5.  Bakingdom ~ Valentines Day Cookie Cakes
6.  The Hungry Housewife ~ Valentines Jello Hearts
7.  Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle ~ Valentines Dotty Cookies
8.  Sprinkle Bakes ~ Red Velvet Cake Minis
9.  Bake at 350 ~ Double-Decker, Stripey, Valentine Cookies
10.  Two Peas and Their Pod ~ Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
11.  Scarletta Bakes ~ Mexican Chocolate Hearts
12.  She Wears Many Hats ~ Valentines Popcorn


Are YOU baking for Valentine's Day?

89 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! What a fabulous Valentine's Day treat.

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  2. Two cookies in one! the recipient of these definitely wins. They look awesome, my favorite is the red and blue one.

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  3. Those are like the cutest cookies ever! I too love stripes, however my butt does not!

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  4. I love these, such a cute design!!



    Carsedra of:

    http://sweets4yourtooth.blogspot.com/

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  5. Not only are you a pro with the polka-dots but with the stripes too! These are really cute Bridget.

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  6. GORGEOUS!!! I love that you stuck a cookie to a cookie...makes it easier for me to eat two at once :)

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  7. These are super cute and "on trend!"

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  8. You know what? These are the cutest, most colorful cookies ever! They make me smile :)

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  9. I could only hope to have the patience you have. These are the best ones yet. (I know I say that a lot) :) Happy Valentine's Day a bit early. You've got me in the mood.

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  10. These are the cutest cookies ever!! I love them!

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  11. These are such great looking cookies!

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  12. Absolutely stunning cookies. Love them!

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  13. These are fabulous Bridget! LOVE and must share!

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  14. Just too cute Bridget! Love!!

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  15. Eye candy!! It's all so adorable! I love your pink striped cookies. :)

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  16. nothing sweeter than valentine cookies!
    These are adorable Bridget!

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  17. I love this design so much, B! The stripes are perfect. It's funny how that can get a little addictive huh! Once I start, I can't stop!

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  18. so cute, and stripes are adorable on cookies and little kids:)

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  19. I want a shirt with the design of these cookies. I mean, how cute!!!!

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  20. These are so pretty! Love the stripes!!

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  21. Those are gorgeous! I love the stripes!

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  22. This design is so perfectly executed! The stripes are perfect, and so are the outlines! The hearts just pop on the stripes, and I love all the colors too! A++

    Yep, I'm baking for Valentine's day...cookies:)

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    1. Sue...I'm counting on it! Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

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  23. I LOVE these! Especially the one with black stripes.

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  24. I really LOVE these!! I love stripes too, and these are just such pretty, classy cookies!!

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  25. I love these! Simple and so, so adorable.

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  26. This looks amazing! I want to make them!

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  27. Love these!!! I need to try to make!

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  28. This look amazing! I really want to make these. I have never baked a cookie before. Did you buy the cookies already made ? or How do I bake the heart & square? Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Lorena!

      I made the cookies. If you click on the "Recipe Index" at the top of the page, you'll see lots of cut-out cookie recipes, including the one I used here.

      Happy baking! :)

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    2. Thank you so much! P.S I really enjoy your blog!

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  29. So Cute Bridget!!! Happy Valentines XoXo Giuliana

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  30. I'd love for these to magically appear in my kitchen! Gorgeous. Oh yeah.. and for your talent to magically appear in my brain.

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  31. Golly Bridget...you amaze me every time with your mad cookie skilz. I wanna know how to do that. Maybe you can show me when I come over soon to borrow a drill bit and whatever sugar coated goodies are lying around?

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  32. These are amazing and so gorgeous. They are absolutely PERFECT. As are all of your baked goodies. Steadiness of surgeon's hands you have!

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  33. I know that these are among the simplest of your cookies, but they're definitely one of my favorites! Especially the ones with the black stripes. I really wish I had people to decorate cookies for. Or that one could make these neat designs with cream cheese icing. Then I would happily eat all the cookies myself. :)

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  34. What a great design, you are fabulous.
    Andreja
    http://www.stancerfamily.blogspot.com

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  35. Adorable! I love the dimension and the colors you used. I had to pin it CraftBliss Sweet Valentine Bliss Board on Pinterest and link back to you.

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  36. Omgosh I just discovered you through Pinterest from Amanda Eck!! These are by far the cutest cookies I have seen for Vday, they are on my pinboard as my favorite Vday cookie ever. I too love stripes horizontal or vertical and black and white are some of my fav stripes so these cookies are adorable. I was wondering if you sell these and ship them? I am sure you are going to get many request!! Happy Vday,
    Kathysue

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    1. Hey Kathysue!

      Thank you so much!!! :) You're too sweet!

      No, I don't sell cookies anymore, but thank you so much for asking. ♥

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  37. So, I saw a picture of these cookies on Pinterest today before I did my daily blog reading, and I knew IMMEDIATELY they were yours! Is it weird that I can recognize your cookie style? Or how cool is it that you have a cookie style?!

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  38. ADORABLE! What an awesome and creative idea :) I predict that after this post, double decker cookies will become the next big thing! Right up there with fancy cupcakes, macarons, and whoopie pies. :)
    I am looking forward to feasting my eyes on all your awesome creations when I get back from my mission trip in 3 months! Until then, I will be missing my usual dose of cuteness! Wishing you happy baking and decorating. :)

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  39. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!! These are so STUNNING! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the stripes! And the colors! And the extra layer of heart! LOVE THESE COOKIES!!!

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  40. These are blowing my mind! So sweet, so perfect - like little postage stamps of love!

    Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  42. These are fantastic!! I love stripes. And the double-decker thing is really cool.

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  43. These are seriously my favorite Valentine cookies ever! I ADORE the stripes and the red scalloped trim and the double deckeryness and I could go on and on! So cute!!

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  44. How gorgeous are these! Thanks for posting this :)

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  45. Cute! I love all the color combos!

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  46. Thanks so much for sharing these, they're so cute! I was recently inspired to make cookies because of your awesome site and blogged about them here. https://thesecretlifeofmrsbundt.wordpress.com/ Thanks for making such beautiful stuff!

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  47. What a gorgeous link-up! Thank you for the beautiful eye candy (and cookies). ;)

    Happy V-Day to you!

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  48. Decorated cookies are the perfect Valentines treat! I'll be baking up simple frosted sugar cookies to give out to neighbors and friends. Love these cookies!

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  49. Let me catch my breath~
    Oh!
    And close my mouth. {My mouth has been gapped open since the first picture in this post.}
    There truly are no words to do the way I feel about these cookies justice.
    But here goes~
    These cookies are the CUTEST~haPPiest~most adorable~cheeRy~loveliest~MAGICAL cookies EVER!
    ~the stripes
    ~the colors
    ~the double~decker HEART
    ~the scallops
    All of it = PERFECTION!
    These haPPy cookies could only be created by someone filled with LOVE and SUNSHINE and JOY!
    Let me see.
    I think that's YOU!
    xoxoxoxoxoxooxox~
    How FUN you girls had a Valentine's Party!

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  50. Beautiful as per usual! I have been trying a few different ideas and techniques in the cookie world, and I love to read your posts when I'm most frustrated! I CAN be done :) Thanks

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  51. wow.. I've been searching for a sugar cookies to match alice in wonderland themed cake.. thanks for sharing!

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  52. I love them Bridget!

    Best wishes,

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  53. LOVE this...! cookie on a cookie! and SO adorable!

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  54. Baking and baking and baking...it has become my love language.

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  55. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the mixed tape cookies today! I've been a fan of your blog since forever- your tutorials and designs are *perfect.* Also, Whipped is such a fun place to work, I didn't realize you had heard of it?

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  56. wow I think i am already late for giving a great comment about this cutie cookies, this is a great gift this Valentines

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  57. These look so cute! Although I'll probably stick to one extra color for the stripes, because I'm lazy and don't want to wash that many dishes :)

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  58. These look so perfect. I have some cookie cutters that I'm dying to try but I've been intimidated by this process. I really need to just bite the bullet and do it.

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  59. I love these! What a cute idea!

    www.cowgirlscancook.weebly.com

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  60. I love these ones!!!
    http://lets-bake-today.blogspot.com

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  61. These are gorgeous - I do wonder why I thought mine would turn out EXACTLY like these the very first time I attempt to make, and use royal icing and an icing bag...so much fun, and I learned a lot - I just need a whole lot more practise :)

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  62. sooooo cute!
    I knew the icing cookie recently.
    I want to cook a so wonderful cookies!

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  63. Son preciosas estas galletinas, me encantan! 1 besin

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  64. Your articles are very well written and unique.
    Valentine Friends

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  65. You are truly a artist when it comes to you making cookies. I wish I could make cookies this pretty.

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  68. I sure enjoyed the How-to in Woman's World about these cookies! As soon as I saw the picture of the cookies I knew it had to be you. Sure enough it was! Congrats! I love WW magazine. Your Blog is beautiful and someday I will decorate beautiful cookies too. Until then I'm enjoying reading and learning. Have a terrific Super Bowl weekend!

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  69. your article sounds great, and I feel images you have share is more attractive

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  70. I made these this weekend! They aren't as good as yours, as I'm still learning. But everyone seems rather impressed!! :)

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  71. I made these and posted pics on my blog at www.mylittlesomethingsweet.com. Mine didn't turn out quite this beautiful, but the photos were still worth sharing. I linked to this page. Thanks for the tutorial!

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