happy valentine’s day

Yesterday was spent decorating cookies. Ninety cookies. Ninety heart-shaped sugar cookies. That’s a lot of icing, people.

Decorating that many cookies with 2.0 around is no easy feat. He hovers. And wonders when you might be done with that beater? And whines about how hungry he is. This despite the fact that he gets any and all baking cast-offs. So when I’m working in the kitchen, I always have to keep an eye on 2.0. Does he really need that thing he’s reaching for in the cupboard? Or is he trying to create a diversion? Why is he standing next to that icing bowl? Why did he just run into the living room?

So, at the end of it all, there were ninety cookies drying on racks and cookie sheets. And you might think that was enough. And sure, four hours of decorating cookies might tire some, but not me. On to Phase Two – man decorating. I gave 2.0 a haircut. That’s right. Made him look better than George Clooney. And then I made lasagna. A tasty vegetarian lasagna full of cheese and ooey gooey goodness.

And after all of that, I made a special treat for 2.0. I figured it might keep him away from the cookies.

Okay, it’s pretty clear that I used up all of my baking genius in the first few hours of the day, but that’s not the point. It doesn’t matter if the cake looks like it was thrown together by a six year old. What matters is the five cups of icing sugar that are slathered all over that heart-shaped mess. Also, it was very difficult to capture its… magic on film.

Happy Valentine’s Day. May your day be sugary and sweet.


  1. susanna eve on February 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    how did you get the icing on the cookies to look like that??? They are gorgeous. We made mini cupcakes.

  2. emmalina73 on February 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Your icing is amazing! It looks like something I would drool over in a bakery window, until I lost sight of it due to steaming up the window : )


  3. movita on February 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    There were a lot of very happy kids at work today…

  4. Krysten S on January 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Hey Ms Movita,
    May I have the recipe for the icing on those cookies?
    I have yet to figure out a good icing that doesn’t fall off the side haha

    • movita beaucoup on January 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Krysten!

      I used royal icing for these – just piped edges and flooded them. Honestly, it was so long ago, that I can’t recall which recipe I used, but royal icing recipes tend to be pretty similar! The piped edges keep the flooded icing from dripping off the sides.

      Here’s the link to a great website with lots of great tips on decorating cookies with royal icing: http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2011/07/outlining-and-filling-cookies-with-royal-icing/

      I use the same method, so this should help. Good luck!

      • movita beaucoup on January 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        Wait a minute… IS THIS BAKING SCHOOL KRYSTEN? For pete’s sake, woman…

        • Krysten S on January 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          It very well may, be… 😉 I really do want a recipe for that though ahaha!

  5. megan on February 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    How do you get the heart and other design on them?

    • movita beaucoup on February 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      There are tons of royal icing tutorial designs online – I used a flooding method. I’m sure if you google royal icing techniques, you’ll get lots of answers. (Far more than I can provide in a comment reply!)

  6. movita beaucoup on September 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Comments are now closed on this post as it was published in February 2011. Thanks for stopping by!