The ultimate Valentine’s Day treat! These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs! Fantastic for a classroom party snack and amazing for all of the “love bugs” in your life!
When I was in high school back in South Dakota (many years ago), the weeks before Valentine’s Day my FHA group would put on a huge fundraiser every year selling heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sugar cookies. We would get together in the school Home Ec kitchens to bake up hundreds of heart shaped sugar cookies. We would frost them with pretty pink frosting, and sell them to everyone in the community to give to their favorite sweetheart. To this day, when I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of my days in high school baking up these heart shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting – ALWAYS!! This year, I wanted to resurrect this warm memory by making a fun Valentine’s Sugar Cookie, with a bit more fun attached. That’s how these adorable Love Bug Sugar Cookies came to be!
Back in October I made a chocolate version of these cute cookies – Chocolate Sugar Cookie Spiders. Those spiders were so fun (and delicious!) that I wanted to create a Valentine’s Day version of these adorable treats! Instead of using a chocolate sugar cookie, I used a basic sugar cookie dough and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and went to work.
After rolling out and baking the sugar cookie hearts, I let them cool completely. This is a step you can do in advance to frosting the cookies. I actually rolled out and baked the cookies the night before I frosted them, which worked really well.
From here, I mixed my frosting, using a basic butter cream frosting recipe (below.) I tinted the frosting with pink food coloring, and spread a thin layer of frosting on the cookies for a base. Then, using a grass-tip (#233 tip) and piping bag, I added the top “hair-like” frosting. Adding a couple candy eyes and yogurt covered pretzels (cut in half) as legs, brings the cuteness level up several notches for these adorable Love Bug cookies!
When picking up my son from school, I surprised him with one of these cookies. His response was, “Mama!!! These are so cute. He’s too cute to eat!” By the time we got to the first stop light, the little Love Bug was devoured! Almost too cute to eat. 😉
Here’s the recipe for these adorable Love Bugs:
The cookie dough and frosting recipes were adapted in part from the cookbook Better Homes and Gardens: Baking. You can purchase this cookbook here.
I personally love the almond flavoring in these cookies, as the cookies we made in high school had an almond extract flavoring in them as well. To this day, a frosted sugar cookie is not complete without this flavoring…but that’s just me. If you don’t particularly enjoy almond extract (I know some people don’t), simply omit the almond extract and replace it with the vanilla. (Do 2 tsp. vanilla instead of 1 1/2 vanilla, and 1/2 almond extract.)
These sweet little Love Bug cookies have not only brought joy to my family, but they’ve also brought back those memories of baking dozens and dozens of cookies with my friends back in high school. Years ago, these cookies brought such joy to many sweethearts, and I hope they bring the same joy to you this Valentine’s Day! Love ~Erin