Will you BEER mine?
BEER my valentine ♥
Here’s a tip that cuts down on the decorating time: I used dark chocolate cut-out cookies for this set. The dark brown color mimics a beer bottle, so it’s less icing you have to make and less decorating you’ll need to do. Yay!
I definitely recommend using Dutch-process cocoa in the recipe. Dutch-process and natural cocoa react a little differently with leaveners. Find Hershey’s Dark Cocoa at the grocery store or Target, or grab a more prestige brand from Amazon.
If you don’t have a beer bottle cookie cutter, never fear! You can make a cookie cutter template from a quilting stencil or file folder.
When I’m making a new cookie design, I find it helpful to sketch out my ideas first. This also helps inform me of how much icing of each color I’ll need.
- dark chocolate cut-out cookies
- heart and bottle (or template, see above) cookie cutters
- royal icing
- gel paste food coloring: white, pink, red, and black
- disposable icing bags
- icing tips: #2 and #1.5 or #1
- squeeze bottles
- cellophane bags
- package shred
- 6-pack holder
[NOTE: I’ve found that chocolate cut-out cookies really shine when they’re rolled just a bit thicker. I roll my chocolate cookies to 3/8″ instead of 1/4.”]
For the beer bottles:
Use a #2 tip to outline the cookies in red and white.
Reserve some of the piping consistency icing. Thin the remaining white and red icings with water. Stir in a bit at a time until a ribbon of icing dropped back onto itself disappears in a count of “one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three.”
(If it’s too thin, stir in some piping consistency icing or sifted powdered sugar.)
Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes. Stir gently with a silicone spatula and transfer to squeeze bottles.
Fill in the outlines, using a toothpick to pop large air bubbles and guide to edges. Let this icing dry at least one hour.
Use a #1.5 or #1 tip and pipe details using black and red icing. (It’s not lost on me that this arrow is crooked.)
Let the cookies dry uncovered 6-8 hours or overnight before packaging.
Use the same method to make the heart cookies.
Once completely dry, it’s time to package!
Fill a beer 6-pack carrier with paper shred. If needed, cut the dividers inside.
Place cookies in individual cello treat bags. Tie with ribbon and place in the carrier. Give to your valentine!