Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way!!

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Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

This super cool trick will save you from a flour-covered kitchen this Valentine’s Day.  No rolling pins, no cookie cutters, just lovely little heart shaped cookies for your boo.

If you aren’t already freezing your cookie dough into logs before baking, you must try it!  Here’s why..

1. The cold butter in frozen cookie dough takes longer to melt leaving you with thicker, chewier cookies.

2. Cutting your cookie dough from logs instead of blopping it onto a sheet pan is not only less messy but the cookies are perfectly round.  Or in this case, perfectly heart shaped.

3. You can make giant batches to store in the freezer; just cut off a few pieces when you want them.  Perfect for those long winter nights watching The Bachelor where a single freshly-baked cookie (or two or three or four) is a necessity.

I also made FOOTBALL SHAPED COOKIES.

Let’s Do It!

Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

Lay out a piece of parchment paper and scoop cookie dough onto it in a log shape. The dough should be about 2-3″ wide and 2-3″ high.  Leave about 4″ on each end.

Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

Roll the dough up into a log tightly.

Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

Shape the log so that there are three sides.

Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

Take the back-end of a knife and run it down the middle of one of the sides to make the groove for the heart’s top.

Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

Using your hands shape the two rounded tops and make any final adjustments to get a nice heart shape.  Put the logs onto a cookie sheet and freeze for several hours or overnight.

Heart Shaped Cookies the Easy Way - No Cookie Cutters

Once completely frozen, unwrap, cut off 3/4 inch pieces, and bake according to recipe instructions. I always use the parchment that I wrapped them with to line my baking sheet too.

You can use just about any type of cookie dough for these.  If you go the chocolate chip route, I recommend using mini-chocolate chips for easier cutting.

Heart Shaped Cookie Dough Log
Make cookie baking easier with heart shaped cookie dough logs. Just roll up, shape, freeze, and cut.
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Ingredients
  1. Prepared Cookie Dough
Instructions
  1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper and scoop cookie dough onto it in a log shape. The dough should be about 2-3" wide and 2-3" high. Leave about 4" empty on each end.
  2. Roll the dough up into a log, then shape the log so that the sides are triangular instead of rounded.
  3. Take the back end of a knife and run it down the middle of one of the triangles sides to make the groove for the heart's top.
  4. Using your hands shape the two rounded tops.
  5. Put the logs onto a cookie sheet and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  6. Once completely frozen, unwrap, cut into 3/4" pieces, and bake according to recipe instructions.
Notes
  1. I recommend using mini chocolate chips (if using) because they won't be giant roadblocks when you're trying to cut your dough into slices.
  2. You can use this method to create other shapes too!
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