Valentine’s Day comes but once a year and this year why not bake a Valentine cookie cake for a sweetheart. This cookie will not be just a small, round, cut and bake type cookie. This cookie will scream ‘l-o-v-e’. Gather your cooking supplies and let’s get started!
Cookie cakes are becoming more and more popular. The good thing about baking cookie cakes is that you don’t have to be an expert. If you can bake a normal cookie, then this should be a snap! When making a Valentine cookie cake ask yourself, what is my sweetheart’s favorite cookie flavor? Any cookie flavor can be used. Just be sure to compliment the filling and frosting flavors with the cookie dough flavor.
With the few basic techniques that follow, virtually any flavor of cookie can be made into a Valentine’s Day gift fit for love birds. Don’t stress over the idea of mixing up a batch of homemade cookie dough. This Valentine’s Day cookie cake idea requires no mixing of ingredients at all.
Baking Heart Cookies
When most people think of making a large cookie, round is the only shape they see. This time think outside the box. A shaped baking pan will be the easiest way to go. There are so many different shapes of pans the ideas could be endless. For instance, what about a flower pan, a pennant, a cupid, a golf bag, a breast cancer ribbon, footballs or helmets, guitars, etc. The list could go on-and-on.
For this cookie cake we will stick to the traditional heart shaped pan. Begin by spraying the pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Next, all you need is two or three rolls of refrigerated cookie dough depending on the size of the pan. For a normal size pan two cookie dough rolls will be plenty. There will probably be some left over to make a few small cookies too.
Cut cookie dough into 1/4 inch slices and lay them inside the pan. Gently press the cookie circles into the pan trying to touch each of the slices together. Do not overlap the cookies, just arrange them to touch as much as possible. When baking, the dough will rise and spread a bit to fill in the small holes that remain. Fill the bottom of the pan until full pressing the dough to touch the sides of the pan as well. Bake according to package directions. Remove pan from oven once the cookie begins to turn golden brown so it will remain soft and not crumble.
Valentine’s Day Decorated Cookie
The cookie can be decorated any way you wish. The easiest way is to pick up a tub of cake frosting at a local grocery store. Tint the frosting any color you wish with food coloring. Unless you are using chocolate and it will have to remain brown. It is Valentine’s Day try pink, red (although, it sometimes will alter the flavor when adding too much), or pastel purple coloring.
Cover the entire top of the cookie cake. Using fondant, cut out different shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cut-outs on top of the cake with some laying over the edges of the cookie cake. Personalize it before giving it to your sweetheart. Arrows, cupids, and hearts look nice on this type of cookie cake.
If you opted for a football cake, cover it in chocolate icing adding white lines for the football. Surround the cookie cake with chocolate kisses and it’s done. If you decided on a flower cake, use fondant to make each petal of the flower with a different saying on each such as: I love you, sweetheart, hugs & kisses, true love, etc. Add a fondant stem and it will be done.
Valentines Day Recipe
A unique way to make a cookie cake is to add ice cream filling. To make the ice cream filling simply purchase ice cream from a local grocery store. Any flavor that compliments the cookie will work. For a sugar cookie, cherry or strawberry flavored ice cream will work great. It is best to get the ice cream that comes in a carton. Make sure the ice cream is frozen and has not begun to melt before beginning the next step.
You will need two cookie cakes that are the same. If you used a round baking pan, bake two round cookie cakes. If you used a football, heart, or any other shape you will still need to bake two. Let cookies cool. Remove the carton from around the ice cream. Using a piece of string, cut the ice cream into equal layers about 1 inch thick. Place layers onto one cookie cake. Cover the entire cookie cake with ice cream.
Once the layer of ice cream is in place. Use a knife to cut around the edges to even up the ice cream with the cake. Lay the other cookie cake on top and place in freezer. After two to three hours, remove the cookie ice cream cake and frost with desired frosting.
Other Valentine’s Day Ideas
If baking a cookie sounds too difficult or you would prefer to be different, try a Valentine rice crispies cake. Follow package directions for making rice crispies treats and press them into a shaped baking pan. Once the rice crispies have cooled remove from pan and decorate by drizzling melted white, pink, and red candy melts on top. Using parchment paper underneath the rice crispy treats will help remove the piece with little breakage.