If you’re looking to put a little love into your Valentine’s Day treats this year, there’s no need to run out and buy a cartful of special ingredients or gadgets. Just grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter set so you have them in different sizes. This way, you can quickly and easily make dozens of fun heart-shaped foods for family meals, classroom snacks, Valentine’s Day parties, and lunchbox treats.
No, I am not implying that you will make dozens of heart-shaped foods for Valentine’s Day. Just that we’ve put together a lot of ideas to choose from.
In fact, I’ve found over 40 (!) ways to take a simple cookie cutter and use it to transform foods, both sweet and savory, into appropriately festive heart-shaped treats.
Plus, I’m offering plenty of shortcuts, because, with Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, we want you to be able to relax and enjoy your day too.
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40 Valentine’s ideas for heart-shaped cookie cuttersRecipe: Chic and Sugar
1. Pancakes Start everyone’s day off with a stack of delicious, heart-shaped, chocolate-chip pancakes from a recipe from Chic and Sugar. Look at those tiny, heart-shaped pats of butter! And of course, you can swap chocolate chips out for with blueberries, bananas, strawberries…you name it.
If you want a semi-homemade shortcut for a school morning, see our popular post about the best pancake mix hacks to make your flapjacks taste more like homemade.
2. French Toast It’s also easy to make Heart-Shaped French Toast with a single cookie cutter. Just follow the recipe at Happy Hooligans. Ooh la la!Recipe: Design Intuition
3. Melon Thick slices of juicy melon–cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew–become cute little heart-shaped fruit kabobs with this idea from Parents Magazine. Serve with their yummy dip on the side.
4. Fruit Salad Another fruity idea? Use that heart cookie cutter to make a gorgeous Valentine’s Day fruit salad (above) as seen on Design Intuition. I could eat that all day!Recipe: Hello, Wonderful
5. Toast Toppings Cuteness alert! These Heart Shaped Animal Toast Ideas from Hello, Wonderful require nothing more than a few ingredients, some heart-shaped cookie cutters of varying sizes, and a little time, but ohhhhh. . .they’d make my kids swoon. (Man, we love everything on this site!)
6. Fairy Bread A kid-treat from down under, Fairy Bread becomes a heart-shaped snack in this super-easy Valentine’s Day snack idea from Daisies and Pie. Don’t skimp on the sprinkles!
7. Veggie to Top Toasts Crisp, crunchy, heart-shaped vegetable toasts get extra yummy with this Sriracha mayo idea from Cutefetti. You’re really just cutting cucumbers and red peppers into hearts — easy. Plus, it’s a great way to get some veggies into them after a day of candy hearts and chocolates.Recipe: Oh My Dish
8. Mozzarella Slices of mozzarella are so easy to cut with a cookie cutter. There’s lots you can do with them, but I like this simple Classic Insalata Caprese recipe from Oh My Dish. Just don’t try to cut the tomatoes with a cookie cutter!
Another way to put that heart-shaped Mozzarella to use: On these tiny edible cupid’s arrows from Fork and Beans that we shared on our post on 8 easy, last-minute Valentines lunch box treats. Here’s to semi-homemade!Recipe: Two Sisters Crafting
9. Rice Krispy Treats Conversation Hearts Rice Krispie Treats from Two Sisters Crafting are so much fun to make, we’d get the kids involved in cutting out the hearts and writing special sayings on each. Makes a great classroom treat!
10. DIY Truffles I love making no-bake cookie balls at the holidays but never thought about using a cookie cutter to make Heart Shaped Oreo Truffles. Walking on Sunshine’s recipe has loads of photos so that you can whip up a batch to send to school or for a sweet treat for dessert.
Recipe: Belly Full
11. Marshmallows for Hot Chocolate If your Valentine’s Day is forecasted to be as cold as mine, warm them up with hot cocoa and little heart-shaped marshmallows cut out from a batch made using Belly Full’s recipe. Or, here’ s a tip: Grab a bag of Jet-Puffed StackerMallows and cut out a heart from each little square marshmallow. We won’t tell.
12. Brownies Of course, a classic idea is to take a heart-shaped cookie cutter to a cooled pan of fudgy brownies for a super-fast Valentine’s themed treat. Or follow the recipe for Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Raspberry Buttercream from A Farm Girl Dabbles. It’s one of our favorites, and includes our tip for how to make the quickest pink icing.
Pro tip: Make them even more fun with a little frosting, and write conversation heart sayings like QT PIE or KISS ME on top.Recipe: Foxes Love Lemons
13. An entire snack board How much do I love this colorful and healthy Valentine’s Day snack board from Foxes Love Lemons? Using only cookie cutters for both cutting out the foods and for holding smaller nibbles, this heart-themed charcuterie spread is perfect for a night in on Valentine’s Day watching movies — with the kids, or even your adult sweetheart.Recipe: OBP
14. Sushi! I never considered Heart-shaped sushi but it’s definitely the way to my heart (and stomach). I really want to try this tutorial by Kayo Lackey, featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting. You can get creative as you’d like, but the basic recipe is for salmon and cucumber sushi. I bet older kids will enjoy helping you make them, too.
Recipe: My Name is Snickerdoodle
15. Cinnamon Tortilla Treats Turn store-bought tortillas into crispy, heart-shaped cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips in just a few minutes using this recipe from My Name is Snickerdoodle. Serve with her fruit salsa recipe for a relatively healthy but still fun after-school treat.
16. Quesadillas You know what else heart-shaped tortillas can become? Quesadillas! Make these cheesy hearts red simply by covering with salsa, or check out the red-heart quesadilla idea from Raising Lifelong Learners that features an all-natural food coloring idea.
17. Roasted potatoes No matter what you serve for dinner, these little heart-shaped roasted potatoes will be the star of the plate. Haniela’s recipe provides tips for getting extra-crispy spuds.
18. Roasted beets Or add a pop of color to your roasted potatoes with this recipe for heart-shaped roasted beets and potatoes from TBSP.
19. Fried Eggs Cracking an egg inside a larger cookie cutter couldn’t be easier. Good Housekeeping has the tips.
20. Eggs in Toast Start their day off by frying a heart-shaped egg in a piece of toast using the instructions on Scholastic. Also called Love Toast which is beyond adorable.Recipe: Celebrate Creativity
21. Sandwiches and Chips Scroll to the very bottom of Celebrate Creativity’s post to see some savory ideas, including these heart-shaped sandwiches and homemade heart-shaped potato chips. Super easy to customize to your family’s tastes.
22. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Sweet and creamy grilled heart-shaped sandwiches from Jennifer Meier at The Spruce Eats make a delicious breakfast, lunch, or after-school snack on Valentine’s Day. Plus, we get to eat the edges that we cut out!
Recipe: Diary of Dave’s Wife
23. Pie Crust Cover a pie with pie dough hearts cut out with a cookie cutter for such a pretty topping. We love this homemade Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie from The Diary of Dave’s Wife on Country Living, but we also won’t tell anyone if you use pre-made dough and canned pie filing.
24. Chocolate Bark Two-ingredient Chocolate Bark Hearts get their crunch from an unexpected source, but I trust Erin at Well Plated for this ingenious idea.
25. Sweet Puff Pastry Tarts I swear, these are simpler than they look! Just grab a larger and smaller cookie cutter and you can easily make a few of these Nutella Heart Puff Pastry Tarts that our own Stacie Billis created. There’s even a handy video to help guide you through it.
Recipe: Hungry Happenings
26. Savory Mini Pies I’m pretty sure my heart — and all the rest of me — is already filled with cheese, though I think that Hungry Happenings has a slightly more appetizing idea with her Cheese-filled Pastry Hearts for Valentine’s Day made with melty mozzarella. They’re almost like mini calzones. Yum!Joe and Sue
27. Salad Toppings Another heart-shaped veggie idea: Use a tiny heart cookie cutter and sprinkle over lettuce to to make the cutest little Valentine’s Day salad toppings. Love all the ideas in this recipe from Jo and Sue. And hey, you can use the mozzarella idea above as well.
28. Burgers Ground beef or ground turkey can easily be cut into heart-shaped hamburgers or veggies burgers for Valentine’s Day dinner, as seen at Happy Little Art. Tip: Make it easier on yourself and just cut the buns into hearts for basically the same effect.
29. Meatloaf Comfort food at its finest, meatloaf can easily get the cookie cutter treatment for Valentine’s Day. We love Penzey’s recipe for heart-shaped beef meatloaf made with lots of delicious spices. Similarly, the Diva Dish has a recipe for heart-shaped turkey meatloaf, or if you’re not meat-eaters, see Pete and Buzz’s recipe for heart-shaped vegetarian meatloaf. You have choices!
30-33. Homemade Pizzas We’ve got 4 fabulous ways to turn pizza into a Valentine’s Day-worthy meal using a heart-shaped cookie cutter:
a.) from scratch, with a recipe from Sarah Hearts, that we featured in our roundup of 12 fun, easy Valentines treats for classroom parties featured on Cool Mom Picks.
b.) using a loaf of french bread, with this recipe from Workman Family
d.) going semi-homemade with store bought by adding your own heart-shaped pepperonis or meatballs, then popping in the oven a few minutes to warm up.
34. Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches A pack of ice cream sandwiches and some festive sprinkles become a cool heart-shaped ice cream sandwich treat with this idea from JaMonkey. So easy too!
Recipe:360 Family Nutrition
35. Homemade Granola Bars Grab this recipe for heart-shaped granola bites from 360 Family Nutrition. They only call for four ingredients!
36. Semi-Homemade Cookies Sure you can use those tubes of refrigerated dough, but these Red-Velvet Heart Crinkle Cookies from When is Dinner are nearly as easy. It just takes 15 minutes and 4 ingredients, starting with store-bought cake mix. Worth a look!
Recipe: Jessica Gavin
37. Classic Sugar Cookies Of course, a heart-shaped cookie cutter can be used to cut out…cookies! We love the Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Cookies from Jessica Gavin which are 2cute 2B 4gotten. She also offers terrific tips for using border icing and flood icing for filling in the center.
Also be sure to check out our post on 5 kid-friendly, easy ideas for decorating heart cookies, if you’ve got eager little hands ready to help out in the kitchen.
38.. Jell-O Cookies All the colors of the rainbow come together in these vibrant, fruity, and heart-shaped Jell-o cookies from Just Helen. Tip: Follow her link in the first paragraph to the actual recipe but don’t miss all her tips for how to get the brightest colors and best flavor.
39. Jell-O Jigglers Creamy Jell-o Jigglers in cherry, strawberry, raspberry, or watermelon make great handheld Valentine’s Day snacks when cut out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. It’s such a simple idea you hardly need a recipe, but the brand’s own blog offers a recipe made creamier with the addition of milk.
40. A Candy Board If it has just been one of those weeks, I say, go ahead and use your heart-shaped cookie cutters to hold candies and little chocolates. There are some really clever little ideas from Whimsical Whimsies on Instructables to make your candy buffet look as cool as this one.