VALENTINES FAVORITES-CANDY MESSAGE HEARTS

By Kimberli Washington, Public Information Office

(Makes about 50-75 hearts)

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup boiling hot water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin powder
  • Assorted food colorings
  • Assorted extract flavors (ex. strawberry or peppermint)
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Food decorating pens, for writing

Directions:

  • Whisk together gelatin, corn syrup, vanilla extract and ½ cup boiling hot water until gelatin dissolves.
  • Beat in 7 cups of confectioner’s sugar on medium low speed, adding a cup at a time to make stiff and sticky dough.
  • Transfer dough to clean surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Add more confectioner’s sugar as needed, until dough is smooth and slightly tacky texture.
  • Divide into 4 pieces and flatten 1 piece into a disk (cover the rest of the dough with plastic wrap).
  • Add a few drops of food coloring and flavor extract of choice to disk. Fold in sides and pinch closed.  Then, knead to distribute color and flavor evenly.
  • Coat a piece of parchment paper lightly with non-stick cooking spray and roll out dough until it’s between 1/8 to ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut into hearts using cookie cutters and transfer to parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Let sit at room temperature, uncovered overnight until dry and hard. Do the same method with the other dough using alternative colors and extract flavors.
  • Write messages on hearts using food decorating pens. Hearts can be stored in an airtight container for about a week.
  • Enjoy!!!

Disclaimer:  It is the reader's responsibility to check the instructions provided, and to determine nutritional value and any possible medical condition that may arise from the consumption of the ingredients listed.