Are you looking for the perfect last minute addition to your Valentine’s Celebration? Look no further!
This is a really fun way to show someone you care. Can’t you just see a special little bag filled with personalized conversation hearts? Or, take a box of store bought conversation hearts, pour them out and fill the box with your very own personalized hearts.
2 tsp. Light Corn Syrup
1 packet Unflavored Gelatin
1/2 cup Water
2 lbs. Powdered Sugar plus 1 lbs. for dusting
Food Coloring Markers
Small Heart Shaped Cutter (We got our mini cutters and food markers at JoAnne’s a few years ago. You can get them at Michaels and Roberts, as well as online).
Vanilla Extract (or extract of your choice, such as almond)
Put the Water, Corn Syrup, and Gelatine in a small bowl and mix really well. Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Take it out and stir until combined and smooth.
Pour the mixture into a larger bowl and add 1 cup of Powdered Sugar.
Using a mixer, beat on low until the sugar is combined.
Keep adding the sugar and mixing until the full two pounds of sugar are added.
The dough will be really sticky and stiff.
Put a generous layer of powered sugar on your counter and scrape the dough out of the bowl.
Knead, adding more powdered sugar as you go, until the dough is no longer sticky and it has turned shiny.
Divide your dough into the number of colors you want to make. Add food coloring and a few drops of extract to each. The kids choose Root Beer Extract this year – we will see how they taste!
Knead the food coloring and extract into each ball of dough until the color is consistent.
Cover the dough when you are not working with it.
Put a fresh layer of powdered sugar down so your dough won’t stick and roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick.
Use your small cookie cutters to cut out your hearts.
Cut out some special shapes for that special someone. Once they are cut out, lay them flat on a cookie sheet to dry.
Once the hearts are dry, use the food markers to write messages and pictures on each of the hearts.
Happy Heart’s Day to You and Yours! Any big Valentine’s Day Plans?