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Gingerbread heart cookies recipe

Need to tell someone you love and care about them? Make them these heart-shaped gingerbread cookies topped with pink royal icing. So sweet!



  • 150g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger (a heaped teaspoon if you like it spicy)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice (heaped)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups plain flour

Royal icing:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/4 cup pure icing sugar (not icing mixture)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (and 2 of drops of pink food colouring if you wish!)


Place butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat and 'simmer down now!' Cook while stirring for 3 minutes till sugar dissolves. 

Bring to the boil and remove from heat. Stir in bicarb soda. It will go all crazy and fizzy. Embrace it. 

Stir in egg, ginger, spice, baking powder and flour till combined.

Preheat oven to 180C (fan-forced). Grease and line 3 trays with baking paper. (These babies are sticky suckers).

Roll into one big dough ball between 2 sheets of baking paper. 

Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.

Unwrap the dough and roll till it is 7mm thick. We feel gingerbread needs to be chewy and not skinny and crispy. But this is just personal opinion, so feel free to roll to your desired thickness and just bear in mind a shorter cooking time. 

Once you have your desired thickness cut out shapes and place on baking tray 2cm apart. 

Keep re-rolling and cutting till dough is goneski!

Bake one tray at a time till they are JUST firm to the touch. Start checking them at 6 minutes. Max cooking time is 8 minutes, unless you want GingerCharred Bread.

Let stand on trays for 5 minutes then transfer to rack to cool before icing.

Making the royal icing is super basic. Just beat the eggwhite with a fork till foamy. 

Beat in icing sugar gradually and then add lemon juice. The lemon juice will break through the sugar and make it more stirable. 

Then one drop at a time add your food colouring till you have your perfect shade of pink!

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  • Feel free to change the shape of the cookies - you can use stars, circles, or whatever shape you have (why not something for the boys and change the icing colour?).
  • This cookie recipe is perfect for Valentine's Day, kids parties, a girlie afternoon tea or even a bridal shower.
  • To ice the cookie, try using a squeeze bottle to outline them and then "flood" them with the icing to fill in between the lines.
  • You could always spoon into a Ziplock bag, snip the corner off and do it the old school way, too.
  • Try decorating your cookies with letters for each person in your family.
  • This recipe was created by Peita Mages, owner of Smitten and creator of Bake Escape blog, for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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This recipe was created by Peita Mages, owner of Smitten and creator of Bake Escape blog, for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.