Saturday, February 13, 2010

Vintage Valentine Cookies


I decided a few of weeks ago, that I wanted to try to make some cookies using vintage Valentine cards as the theme. They are so sweet and the artwork is just darling.

I’ve seen cookies and cakes with artwork printed on them online and in bakeries, but I didn’t realize this was something I could achieve at home. After doing a little research, I found out you can buy frosting sheets and edible ink cartridges for certain home printers.


And mine was one of them. YAY! So I bought the inks for my printer. Then I realized I would have to clean it somehow, which sounded like a whole bunch of trouble, so I decided to buy another printer just like it. No such luck. My printer is too old for stores to still carry.

So, I had to get a newer printer, which meant I needed different inks … of course. But I was determined, so I went ahead and exchanged the inks while I waited for the new printer to arrive.

After it arrived and I started to set it up, I thought something was strange. It called for six cartridges, but the edible inks I bought came in a set of five. I really should have stopped here to investigate. But no, for some reason, I thought it would work because the website’s form said that printer worked with those inks.


But they didn’t.

So I went back to the list of compatible printers and the company had updat ed their list and removed the printer that I had just shoved five edible ink cartridges into. Five messy cartridges I might add.


Let’s just say I was not a happy camper.


But… I was able to find another compatible printer in time to make these for Valentine’s Day.


Yes, now I have three printers. One for my computer, one for cookies and one for a doorstop.

Seriously though, it’s not that bad, printers are so cheap these days, it’s like buying a set of ink cartridges and they throw in the machine. I’ll find a use for it.

Anyway, I’m over it because finally… finally I was able to get it all to work.


Frosting sheets. They went right through the printer and came out with edible ink on them.

Crazy talk.


I made puffy sugar cookies for the valentines to go on. I was going for those fluffy ones with frosting that they sell in the grocery store.

These were okay. I’ll give you the recipe below if you want to use it or improve on it.


To use the frosting sheets, separate them from their backing and apply to a frosted cake or cookie. The frosting needs to be moist. If it starts to dry out, you can spray it with a fine mist of water.

Now, since I was doing cookies, I cut the shapes out with scissors first using my cookie cutter as a guide.


And, instead of frosting the cookies, I frosted the back of the frosting sheet so I could apply it to the cookie with less mess.

Keep the frosting sheets you aren’t using in a ziploc bag so they don’t dry out.


I could die. These are so dang cute.


From every angle… cute!


Circus Bear… cute.


Panda pair … cute.


Oh deer!


Cowboy kitty… cute.


Chicks … well, you get the idea.


I may never eat them. Ever.

Puffy Sugar Cookies
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream

  • In a large bowl, sift flour, powder, soda, and salt using a wire whisk and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixer until fluffy.
  • Add egg, vanilla and sour cream. Mix until blended.
  • Add flour until dough forms.
  • Separate dough into four sections. flatten into a disc and cover in plastic wrap.
  • Place in the refrigerator for a few hours. This dough is a little sticky, so flour your hands slightly when working with it.
  • When ready to roll, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Put one of the dough discs on the parchment paper. Then place a piece of plastic wrap or another sheet of parchment paper on top and roll the dough flat with a rolling pin. (I like the plastic wrap on top. I think it’s easier.)
  • Cut out your shapes using a cookie cutter. If the dough sticks, use a toothpick to separate and remove the scraps.
  • If you want cookie pops, then place a paper lollipop stick about an inch over the dough and press the dough around the stick slightly.
  • Transfer parchment paper with dough cutouts to a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes and cool completely.

You can make buttercream frosting and tint it fun colors to frost the tops.

Or if you are adventurous, you can make cookies like these.

You’ll need frosting sheets, and edible ink cartridges with a compatible printer. I ended up using this printer.

Here’s the Kopykake website where you can see more printers and their compatible inks. You can buy the inks and frosting sheets from there, too. Check it out if you are interested.

You can use this pdf to print out the Valentine graphics on frosting sheets. You can also scale them down and use a paper punch and they would make great cupcake toppers or even tags for cake pops.

Use royal icing to dot a border around the outline of the frosting sheet after it’s applied.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!


Mrs. Jen B said...

Cutest stinking things EVER!!! I would never eat them. They’re just too adorable.

February 13, 2010 05:03 PM
southern hostess said...

You are just much to ambitious. These are amazing!

February 13, 2010 05:15 PM
Kathleen said...

Oh, my goodness! Kudos to you for sticking with it! They turned out to be SO adorable. hank you, though, for being so honest about the trials you went through to get to that point. It does make a great story.

February 13, 2010 05:30 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

I’ve always wanted an icing printer. And I have a collection of vintage valentines. And I love cookies.

Well…that’s it; you’ve combined my 3 loves. I MUST have one now.

Will you be my valentine? ?

February 13, 2010 05:42 PM
Jessica said...

Wow! These are wonderful! And, kudos for all our persistence! I would have given up much sooner with the whole printer debacle!

February 13, 2010 05:59 PM
heather said...

It is so funny because I have a printer in the garage that I bought for this very thing – I also have had copycake bookmarked for a long time – I was just super nervous to go through with it! i really hope this works as I am so excited to make edible image cookies.
Yours are gorgeous!

February 13, 2010 06:11 PM
rebecca said...

thanks for the trip down nostalgia lane…I so remember sending valentines just like this when I was young…you are incredible, thanks for sharing your many talents.

February 13, 2010 06:16 PM
Renee Candy Stick Lane said...

I swear to god these are the cutest! OMG! GREAT JOB!
XO Renee

February 13, 2010 06:40 PM
goodie2s said...

Imagine how beautiful these would be with vintage Christmas scenes. Using an ornament shaped cookie cutter, they could be made into editble hanging ornament with a hole and some pretty ribbon.
Thanks for the post. Very inspiring!
Happy V Day!

February 13, 2010 06:48 PM
Michelle Ledesma said...

Congratulations! Job well done. Those are cute, cute, cute!

February 13, 2010 06:50 PM
Georgia.Pellegrini said...

these are truly pieces of art work! I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I ate it!!

February 13, 2010 06:55 PM
Heidi said...

Absolutely adorable! I don’t think I could eat them either!

February 13, 2010 06:57 PM
Anonymous said...

OMG =O *dies*

February 13, 2010 07:02 PM
debbie said...

I can’t believe you posted this! I’ve been thinking about getting a printer just for frosting sheets but I”ve been afraid to do it. You read my mind! Looks easy enough.. What printer did you get?

February 13, 2010 07:03 PM
andrea y. said...

soooo cute!!! you are soooo creative!

February 13, 2010 07:07 PM
Alyssa said...

OMG! First of all, your cookies are adorable! I love the vintage Valentine’s Day card themes. It really brings me back. :) Second, I now HAVE to buy a new printer along with edible ink and frosting sheets so I can decorate my cakes like this! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you sooooooo much for posting this!!


February 13, 2010 07:16 PM
Janine said...

I love these cookies! I am not as adventurous as you are so my cookie pops will just be iced. The printed frosting sheets are intiguing though! They would be great for a kids themed party or for Easter.

Thanks for the idea!

February 13, 2010 07:17 PM
aussiemarina said...

omg these are soooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute………if you think you will never eat them……..send them my way…..i will eat them for sure !!!!!! yum………………….you are amazing !

February 13, 2010 07:18 PM
Liz said...

Now I want t go out and buyt a printer so I can make this!!!

February 13, 2010 07:23 PM
Rena said...

I’m pretty sure I’ve said before but you are a genius! Your work is amazing.

February 13, 2010 07:24 PM
Cee Cole said...

Excellent and incredible!!! You continue to amaze us! Thank you Bakerella!

February 13, 2010 07:31 PM
Sherry said...

First of all, I admire your stick-to-ness and second of course, I love the cookies! They look wonderful…too cute to eat. Thanks for sharing your creations :o)

February 13, 2010 07:42 PM
Chelle said...

seriously??? like really??? i can’t handle it…really…seriously seriously can’t take it…you really should not do this to people…i want them…really really want them…unbelievably adorable…i would never ever eat them, i promise!!! you kill me!

February 13, 2010 07:44 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh they look adorable!! I love your vintage images!

I’m so excited to try my edible ink printer package now! I’ve had it for over a month but haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Hope it all works out for me but I’m sure I’ll end up full of ink too!

February 13, 2010 07:45 PM
Amanda Downey said...

So. Very. Cool.

February 13, 2010 07:52 PM
Memoria said...

These are the cutest cookies ever!! Too bad the recipe wasn’t as good as you expected. I have a good recipe that is similar to this one. I just blogged about it the other day, too!! You should try it out…it is a copycat recipe of the Lofthouse cookies you see at the store. They are cake-like and very good. My students loved them.

I wish I could be as creative as you. You really are dedicated to your treats. I love your photos.

February 13, 2010 08:03 PM
Kathy said...

Wow. I always love everything you post, but these have blown me away. Just amazing!


February 13, 2010 08:16 PM
Melanie L. said...

So very, very pretty!!!

February 13, 2010 08:46 PM
Katie said...

Those are the CUTEST cookies I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to try them someday!

February 13, 2010 08:50 PM
Claire said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!! Once again you’ve amazed me. THis might be one I can’t copy. LOL!
This is the best and my kids are at awe.

February 13, 2010 09:05 PM
Hudoo said...

it’s one of the best valentine’s sweets i’ve ever seen ..
wow .. u really blow my mind with ‘em ..
hopefully one day ill get the same stuff n try making ‘em by my own .. keep it up .. u’re really gr88888

& happy <3

February 13, 2010 09:14 PM
Jane Heaney said...

OMG….I want to do these for Easter! You rock!

February 13, 2010 09:24 PM
Marcia said...

Oh my god! These are so ridiculously cute! I wish I saw these sooner so that I could’ve made them in time for valentine’s!! Now I’m searchinig my brain for the next occasion I could do something like this. Thanks so much!

February 13, 2010 09:28 PM
Marsha said...

Those cookies are too dang cute!


February 13, 2010 09:31 PM
Chrish said...

Adorable cookies! The old valentines take me back to my grade school days. What a great idea to print them out on frosting sheets and put them on cookies! You are one smart cookie, Bakerella!

February 13, 2010 09:41 PM
mln221 said...

You are so creative and talented. I really enjoy following your blog to see all the wonderful ideas you come up with.

Thanks for sharing!

February 13, 2010 09:46 PM
Theresa Forseth said...

These cookies are absolutely AMAZING!!!!!

February 13, 2010 09:58 PM
Mel' said...

Those are so cute !!!

February 13, 2010 09:58 PM
Marci said...

I love your website! Thank you!!

February 13, 2010 10:19 PM
Suzanne said...

I agree, printers are so cheap they really are about the price of the ink. I love these cookies. Adorable! Thank you for sharing them with us!

February 13, 2010 10:22 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

Well after all that trouble with the printer, at least they turned out absolutely gorgeous!

February 13, 2010 10:34 PM
Marcia said...

I am in LOVE! This took me back to my childhood! Completely ADORABLE!

February 13, 2010 10:35 PM
Katy said...

So freaking cute! I wouldn’t want to eat them either!

February 13, 2010 10:40 PM
Christina said...

They are sooo adorable!! :) I adore your blog!

February 13, 2010 10:40 PM
this blessed nest said...

dear bakerella

let me count the ways that i love you so. you are AmaZing!

today was a huge day for me. HUGE. i was finally able to recreate something similar to what you do AND…it turned out somewhat good looking.
i cannot tell you how many times i have tried to do some of the stuff you do & have failed miserably.
but TODAY ~ was a different story. FINALLY.

i hope you have a super valentine’s day!


February 13, 2010 10:41 PM
Dianne said...

Oh. My. God. I must try this, even if it takes FOUR printers!

February 13, 2010 11:05 PM
Katie said...

cute cookies!! you should make some olympic themed cookies in spirit of the winter olympics!

February 13, 2010 11:13 PM
Anna said...

Oh why oh why did I have to get a place so small? I would never find room for a 2nd printer or be able to make these cookies now. They are simply too cute for words.

February 13, 2010 11:42 PM
Laurie said...

I love your determination!!! I’ve always loved the vintage artwork too- what a creative way to use it!

February 13, 2010 11:46 PM
Anonymous said...

I just wanted to express my profound appreciation for your AMAZING blog. It is truly extraordinary. You are so creative and you make such beautiful and amazing cakes and edibles. Thank you so very much for sharing these amazing ideas with us. You are a true artist of the highest caliber. Thank you!!! Lia

February 13, 2010 11:56 PM
Crystal & Co said...

Love it!!!

Where did you order those valentine sheets- the vintage ones? love them! too late for this year, but this is being filed in my next year folder for the kiddos’ school party!

Did I mention I love this?

February 14, 2010 12:00 AM
Evelyn Clark said...

You are so ridiculous! LOL! Three printers?! You are so much more persistent than I am seeing how I was so mad at my ONE printer that I gave up and let my husband fiddle with it to figure it out. (It’s still not printing clean colour — augh). These cookies are adorable and, no, please don’t eat them!

February 14, 2010 12:10 AM
Virtuosoul said...

These are adorable! You amaze me with your creative treats. I love the panda pair one the most! :)

Have a Happy Valentine’s day!

February 14, 2010 12:17 AM
Carrie said...

I had no idea I could do this at home! Thank you so much for posting the links, I can think of a thousand ways to use this.

February 14, 2010 12:45 AM
Amy said...

Okay. For real, this is my favorite post ever. Even more than the Hello Kitty cake pops. And that’s saying something.
Forget about the fact that the cookies are so dang adorable I could die. Your depiction of the events leading up to the cookies make it classic.
Perhaps I enjoyed it so much because it just TOTALLY sounds like something that would happen to me.
It’s clear that you are a woman who is willing to suffer for her art.
But you had to know, on some level, that it would be entirely worth it just because it provided you with the greatest story that you can tell for years to come. Kind of like baking bragging rights.
I have LOVED reading this blog and I’m so glad my mom introduced me to it.

February 14, 2010 01:05 AM
kim said...

OMG these are the best!! now i want a 2nd printer…how great is that!

February 14, 2010 01:12 AM
Marla said...

These are adorable!

February 14, 2010 01:42 AM
julie Anne Browne said...

so darn cute!! Love them! You do good girl!

February 14, 2010 01:43 AM
Karina said...

They turned out amazing. I’m totally wowed by how vibrant the colors. Only you would try and do this at home. I would just call around and find a bakery that would print the sheets for me. Now I don’t have to do that – I’m just going to send YOU my artwork and you print them for me – on one of your 3 printers( ha ha). I can only imagine the frustration – but the results are well worth it. Beautiful!

February 14, 2010 02:00 AM
Sandi said...

Those are amazing. My grandma had some of those Valentine’s in her house! I can’t believe how sharp the pictures came out.

February 14, 2010 02:52 AM
Sue said...

adorable….but what printer did you buy and where do you source the edible ink cartridges…you know we want the info LOL

February 14, 2010 03:13 AM
Jacquie said...

I have a great big girl crush on you right now!

February 14, 2010 04:17 AM
Janina said...

These are adorable!! I really like the vintagey look! I wondering if I chould use one picture on my blog when I write about your lovely cookies? you can answer on my email!


February 14, 2010 07:12 AM
WishTrish said...

Those are the most darling thing I have EVER seen. They take the cake (pop)! I made cookie suckers yesterday, too. They were darling, but not quite in the same degree of darlingness! I haven’t blogged them yet, but here is a picture:!/photo.php?pid=1022401&id=1027022632&fbid=1319909390943

You’re just awesome. Yep.

February 14, 2010 07:29 AM
Paulette said...

You just amaze me with your talents. Such a fun site and I enjoy it so much. Keep up the great work. Happy Valentine’s Day. Paulette

February 14, 2010 07:52 AM
Beth D. said...

Way to go Bakerella and HVD! I have found my edible ink printer to be a hassle most times I take it out and can’t figure out if it’s a problem with Canon or Kopycake. The black ink just doesn’t want to print (even replaced those little chips). Probably got 3 good print sheets from the first $75 worth of ink. Anyway, LOVE Cowboy Kitty. You should send it to Pioneer Woman.

February 14, 2010 07:59 AM
Dixie Lee said...

That is just amazing.

February 14, 2010 08:01 AM
Robyn said...

You have really outdone yourself – these are unbelievably adorable! Thanks for the eye candy!

February 14, 2010 08:06 AM
Linda said...

The website Fancy Flours has vintage valentine’s printed on edible paper that you can buy. I think that’s an easier way!

February 14, 2010 08:10 AM
Sue said...

I love these cookies!!! My passion is to decorate beautiful cookie and this is just another great idea!

February 14, 2010 08:15 AM
Becky said...

What an awesome and successful idea!! They turned out so well!

February 14, 2010 08:52 AM
Kayla said...

Those are so cool!
Last time I had a regular printer and needed ink we accidentally broke the printer trying to get the ink out so we could see what kind it was, so I had to buy a new printer. A printer with a cartridge was actually cheaper than buying just the ink would have been.

February 14, 2010 08:59 AM
Melisa said...

Brilliant….and adding the frosting to the sheet instead of the cookie? It’s like a light bulb went off in my head! I have tried this before after ordering from ebay and just made a complete mess. Wish I would have put the frosting on like you did instead of the cookie! These are AMAZING!

February 14, 2010 09:01 AM
Melissa Reynolds said...

You website is really inspiring! Thanks for going all out on these adorable cookies!

February 14, 2010 09:30 AM
Katie said...

These are ADORABLE! I want to buy a second printer now! Well, maybe I should hold off on that, since my current printer might die and then I’d have to buy two.

February 14, 2010 09:32 AM
terri said...

seriously! you are soooo creative. i wish i had an ounce of what you possess! every post gets better and better!!! thanks so much for the wonderful ideas! happy v day! xoxo ~terri

February 14, 2010 09:43 AM
Melissa said...

Amazing! You never fail to come up with the most original ideas!

February 14, 2010 09:44 AM
Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Oh my those are so cute!! I love the idea of edible inks and paper, just think of the possibilities.

I wonder if you could clean an old printer?

February 14, 2010 09:53 AM
Dorrie said...

I love these. Thank you for posting the pdf for the vintage images. They are adorable. Where did you find them? Any recommendations for good image sites?

February 14, 2010 09:54 AM
Cassidy said...

i don’t think i’ve ever seen anything like this ! great job :D they’re so cute <3

happy valentines day ! :}

February 14, 2010 10:00 AM
meghann said...

oh my gosh! AMAZING! What a brillient idea and the creative projects could never end!

February 14, 2010 10:02 AM
Krista said...

This is so amazing! I had never hear of such a thing as edible print cartridges. I absolutely love the “vintage” pictures you choose too! So very creative!

February 14, 2010 10:18 AM
Elaine said...

These are very cute!

February 14, 2010 10:43 AM
Maryam ALAwadhi said...

OMG>>> they look heavenly>>> <3 <3 <3

February 14, 2010 10:57 AM
BAKFIA said...


February 14, 2010 11:19 AM
Nikki said...

Yes, these could absolutely, positively, with out doubt be the most adorably cute things…EVER!

February 14, 2010 11:21 AM
Julie said...

LOVE THESE COOKIES!!!! Seriously these are the best. Right up my ally. I am so in love with the vintage cards. Great job!!

February 14, 2010 11:22 AM
emy said...

I wonder if hubby is ok with another printer in the house for my baking adventures!

I was just hinting that the crappy oven I’ve got needed replacing!

February 14, 2010 12:25 PM
Tiffany said...

oh my goodness they ARE so cute!!!!!!! thanks for sharing. I’ve been wondering how to do this and now I know! =] This will be very handy.

February 14, 2010 12:31 PM
Tasha said...

Thanks for the PDF where can I find more? They are super cute, and your cookies are too!

February 14, 2010 12:37 PM
eriginals said...

I’m crazy with envy…the creativity and pure talent. I’ve already shared this with everyone I know…

February 14, 2010 01:30 PM
Lynette said...

I am always intrigue by your ability to do these things…but this is just adorable!! I’m thinking…I could buy a printer and make cookies like this to sell for b-days, holidays, weddings….I never will, but wouldn’t it be neat if you could find them???

February 14, 2010 01:41 PM
Nancy said...

You have the yummiest blog! I get such a sugar rush from just reading about all of your creativity.

February 14, 2010 02:19 PM
june2 said...

Whoa. *I* would never eat them either. Ever. Awesome.

February 14, 2010 02:49 PM
Nancy and Jaime said...

Jaime wants the one with the Panda on it! YUM!

February 14, 2010 03:30 PM
Yolanda said...

Unstinking believable. These are just too cute for words. Stunned. Completely stunned by how these turned out.

February 14, 2010 03:47 PM
Gail said...

Fantastic. They are just to darling.

Happy Valentines Day
Happy Pink Saturday
Gail – Decorating My Tin Shack

February 14, 2010 04:01 PM
melanie said...

The cowboy kitty kinda scares me for some reason. I think guns and Valentines Day is not a good combo. LOL. These are so cute, but just may be the one post I don’t attempt. Edible ink and paper also creeps me out, I think all the birthday cakes with pictures on them and all the times I’ve ended up with the piece that has peoples heads on them. LOL. I have issues, but still think these cookies are cute. Great job as usual. You have the baking/decorating skills of a goddess and the patience of a god.

February 14, 2010 04:15 PM
Janelle said...

I just wanted to say I think these are beautiful and super fun!!! I love your site, the work that you do, and the amount of heart you put into stuff, Amazing!!! If only I had the time, I would try some of your beautiful creations!!! Take care and Have fun!!!

February 14, 2010 04:21 PM
Cindy said...

I think you may be my kindred spirit! Buying 2 extra printers just so I could do a project is something I would do. I love when I find other crazy people out there!

February 14, 2010 04:30 PM
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