What's all the BUZZ about Valentine's Day?

I've been dreaming about little pink bees for about a year now....since last Valentine's Day! :) My favorite cookie of the three ended up to be the red heart covered in sanding sugar. I've never covered an entire cookie in sanding sugar, thinking it would look too plain, but actually they turned out really pretty (and they are so easy!).

For the sparkly red hearts:
  • In red icing, outline the heart. Use any plain tip...I used a #3 (AmeriColor SuperRed).
  • Thin red icing with water to the consistency of syrup. Cover with a damp towel and let sit several minutes.
  • Run a rubber spatula through the icing to break any large air bubbles and transfer to a squeeze bottle.
  • Fill in the hearts.
  • Let dry overnight.
  • Mix a little meringue powder with water. (To get a peek at my "sanding station," go here.)
  • Brush the mixture on the cookies with a small paintbrush.
  • Sprinkle with red sanding sugar.



  1. Love, love, love your cookies. They always look great

  2. I love the tiny heart you put in some words (I've read how you started that ;) )

    Your cookies are great!

  3. I love using sanding sugar on a whole cookie....they are the easiest to decorate!!!! :)

  4. Those are Bee-utiful!!! LOL! I heart 'em! :-)

  5. Your cookies are really beautiful. That bee is super cute.

  6. I may try these. I am sure they will be all "the buzz." Ha, ha!

  7. Nice use of the pumpkin cookie cutter!!

  8. Perfect as always. I need to take some lessons from you! Happy Valentine's Day!

  9. Those are so cute!! I love them!

  10. Happy "hearts" day, B! You are the most creative person I know -- doesn't matter that you don't sew! You don't need too! I love the bees! We miss you guys! We've got to plan a trip to see you soon!
    Lisa & Lukas

  11. Hi, I'm a new admirer of your blog & I have a cookie question. I'm trying to follow the icing instructions for the sparkly red cookies and sadly not getting it...could you post some step by step photos of this process (outlining, filling in, something about a paintbrush too?) for us visual learners next time you make a batch? Also you mentioned drying them overnight, so how do you store the cookies to make sure they don't dry out? Thanks.

  12. Hey Karen! Welcome! :) The cookies need to be left uncovered so that the icing will dry. I'll try to get some more detailed pics up for you. In the meantime, check the posts labeled "the basics" and "the details;" they may answer some of your questions.

  13. do you make these cookies for a living? you should they are gorgeous


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