Hey there! Valentines Day is just around the corner so I thought I'd share some fun cookies. They are gingerbread too. I know gingerbread is usually saved for the holiday season, but why?
My kiddos all love gingerbread so I make them cookies throughout the year in this flavor.
These cookies are extra special because they have heart cut outs and are topped with a variety of toppings. I love all the flavors of freeze dried fruits available and they are simple to sprinkle on top of still wet royal icing.
The freeze dried fruits crush really easily and give an nice concentrated fruit flavor (and awesome color too!).
I also added some other fun stuff I had in the cupboard like dried blueberries, candied ginger, goji berries, lavender, and pistachios.The taste was great with all the flavors and the gingerbread together.
I'll admit the kids went for the plain iced gingerbread cookies of course, but they did make super pretty gifts for the past holiday season (and for cookies for Santa!).
What are you making for Valentines Day? Do you go for a special savory dish or something sweet or BOTH? (I'm the later!). Thanks for swinging by, have a great weekend!
How to Make Valentines Day Gingerbread Cookies (makes 2 dozen)
- 1 roll of refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough or boxed mix (follow directions on mix)
- 2 cups of royal icing
- 1/2 cup of dried or freeze dried fruit (such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, pumpkin, goji berries)
- 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
- 2 Tablespoons dried lavender (food grade)
- 1/2 cup chopped pistachios (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Roll out dough and cut out circle shapes. Use smaller heart cutter to cut out shapes in the center of each cookie.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until just slightly browned
- Ice cookies with royal icing
- While icing is still wet, sprinkle with crushed freeze dried fruits and other toppings.
- Let cookies set until icing is dried to the touch.