It’s been an insanely busy week and so these quickie Valentine’s Day treats are the perfect answer to gift-giving for those of us balancing busy lives (who isn’t?). I made these for my colleagues a few years ago and let me tell ya–they truly don’t take much time to make. These petite packages are mostly about presentation and the fact that, at the end of the day on Valentine’s Day, it’s really the thought that counts.
- Sugar cookie dough – either make your own (here’s my favorite recipe) or buy from the grocery store)
- Royal icing
- 4-inch wide clear plastic treat bags (you can find these at most specialty craft stores)
- Hole punch
For something as simple as this, I say go against the grain and use whatever colors you think of when you think about love. Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be obvious.
- Bake heart-shaped cookies (no larger than 3-4 inches across at their widest part) according to instructions. Allow to cool.
- Decorating with Royal icing. Allow a few hours to dry completely (this can take as many as 6 hours to dry if applied thinly; longer for a thicker layer)
- While the cookies are cooling and drying, cut cardstock into strips measuring 3 inches by 11 inches. Score each cardstock strip crosswise at the following marks: 4 inches, 6 inches and 10 inches.
- Once the Royal icing has hardened, fill treat bags with cookies. Be sure the depth of the bag doesn’t exceed 2 inches.
- Fold the cardstock at the score lines to create a tent-shaped sleeve with a foldover edge. Use a hole punch to create a small opening near the top of the sleeve as pictured.
- Fold the treat bag to the height of the sleeve and use hole punch to create an opening that corresponds to the one near the top of the cardstock sleeve.
- While holding the folded top of the treat bag steady, slip it into a cardstock sleeve and secure the sleeve and bag together using a short length of ribbon.
- Decorate further as desired. I opted to create heart-emblazoned tags to attach to each package.
Simple. Inexpensive. Quick. Done. Just the way I like it.