Take a basic sugar cookie recipe. Roll out your dough and cut shapes. I happen to love this heart within a heart I found years ago. I get two cookies out of it! I have hearts of all different shapes, which makes it easy for layering.
The Kid specifically said, “Don’t take my picture.” Ok, fine.
Once baked and cooled, make a royal icing recipe. I like to tint mine two different colors, in this case, pink and I left the white as is. I have a bowl of red sugar and a bowl of pink sugar. You get variation of color with the sugar+frosting combo.
I assemble each cookie individually rather than in an assembly line. I do the big one first, then the small in a contrasting color, that way I can press the smaller cookie right in immediately, before the icing sets. Then it’s ‘glued’ in place.
I happened to see these cute boxes at Target, with a little ‘window’ in the top. Perfect to peek in on the cookies. I hope my Valentine’s recipients like them!