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3-D lovebird cookies

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Sweet tweets for your valentine

Tweet, tweet! This Valentine's Day, skip the chocolate and give your sweetie a lovebird cookie that's almost too cute to eat.

3D Lovebird cookies | SheKnows.com

Make a sweet tweet for your special valentine this year. These little lovebird cookies are easy to bake, cut and accessorize with simple candy hearts. Display them in perfect pairs or as a great big, delicious flock. Either way, they're sure to be loved (and eaten).

3-D lovebird cookies

Yields 16-18

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Royal icing (mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and food coloring of your choice)
  • Small, medium and large heart-shaped candy (red for beaks and wings and white for eyes)
  • Sanding sugar (color of your choice)
  • Prepared white frosting (optional)
  • Black food coloring marker (to mark the eyes)

Directions:

1

Gather your ingredients

3D Lovebird cookies

2

Make cookie dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, shortening, eggs, sugars and vanilla. Mix until creamy. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Add food coloring as desired.

3D Lovebird cookies

3

Spread dough in pan and bake

Spray the sides of a 9 x 12-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Place the colored dough in the pan.

3D Lovebird cookies

Spread the dough evenly into the pan.

3D Lovebird cookies

Bake for 20-25 minutes. After baking, allow pan to cool for 15 minutes before cutting cookies.

4

Create bird-shaped cookie cutter

To make a simple bird-shaped cookie cutter, bend a circle cutter into a slight teardrop shape. (My circle cutter was 2-1/2 inches wide.)

3D Lovebird cookies

5

Cut out cookies and decorate

Remove the cooled cookie from the pan. Cut as many bird shapes from the cookie as you can. (I was able to get 16 birds.) If you want birds that face both directions, be sure to flip your cookie cutter over and cut some of them facing the other direction.

3D Lovebird cookies

To decorate the lovebird cookies, mix up a small bowl of colored royal icing and dip the bottom baked side of the cookies into the icing, just enough to coat. Allow icing to drip off, then dip into a plate of colored sanding sugar. Flip them over (sanding sugar up) and allow to dry and harden.

3D Lovebird cookies

Attach the heart-shaped candy eyes, wings and beaks using a little bit of frosting or remaining royal icing. (I found that thicker frosting worked better to attach the beaks.) Add a small dot to the eyes using a black food coloring marker.

3D Lovebird cookies

6

Show off your lovebirds

Display your sweet tweets for all to eat.

3D Lovebird cookies

Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovebirds out there!

3D Lovebird cookies

Give your valentine more sweet edible treats

More Valentine's Day recipes

Red velvet fondue
5 Fruity Valentine's Day cocktails
Red velvet pancakes with cream cheese glaze

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