Jan 31


Valentine’s Day Cookie & Cupcake Ideas

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Simple Valentine Cookies

It’s been quiet around Sweetopia this January as we’re in the midst of renovating our home, and cookie decorating isn’t as feasible in the area we’re ‘camping out in’ (as we like to call it), but Valentine’s Day is already almost around the corner, so I thought I’d share someย cookie and cupcake ideas that are surely a way into your recipient’s heart.

Love Cupcakes

It’s amazing how much people love to receive sweets. Even the most health conscious person appreciates the love and care which goes into making pretty edibles, and an added bonus – it’s as much fun giving the sweets away as it is making them.

I hope you have fun planning and baking, and happy sweet {early} Valentine’s to you!



Valentine Cupcakes & How do you store royal icing?

Valentine Fairy Cookiesย 

Edible Lace Cookies

Key to the Heart Cupcakes

Parisian Love Cookies {Video}

Stencilled Valentine Cookies {Video}

And if you like video, here’s how I made the simple Valentine cookies at the top of this post:

Outlining and Filling Cookies with Royal Icing {Video Tutorial}

If you can’t see the video, click here.


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  1. Julia
    January 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I would like you to make a video of you decorating the dogs and towers. This would help me understand better how to make these.

  2. marian
    January 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Julia: Click on the pink link underneath the Paris dog and tower cookies; the video is in that post.

  3. January 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    They are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  4. January 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Everything is so pretty and cute. Love the fairy cookie.

  5. February 1, 2013 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous post as always inspiring Iand beautiful love
    Wish you a wonderful month full of love and happiness xo

  6. February 1, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Beautiful cookies, beautiful cupcakes, beautiful photos, beautiful EVERYTHING!

  7. February 1, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    GIRL…. you are such an artist! Everything looks marvelous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. February 1, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    So many great ideas for the day of love!

  9. Maria Theresia
    February 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    beautiful,thank you for sharing all your creatiev idees.

  10. February 1, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    these are such adorable ideas to spread the love!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. February 1, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    omg the Edible Lace Cookies are so gorgeous!! Love them

  12. February 1, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Adorable cookies! You make it look so simple to get such cute.

  13. February 1, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Adorable ideas! Love every single one… especially the lace cookies. Those are beautiful!

  14. February 1, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Perfect for Valentines day!

  15. February 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    These are all just soooooo adorable! You are such a great talent ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Tina Dahl
    February 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I first saw your Eiffel Tower ccokies on the Tom Kat Studio site, which were featured in Kate’s Glamour Girl in Paris party….I have tried in vain to find a cookie vendor on etsy that can match your talents, no one comes close at all. I sooooo wish you took orders for these….sigh…….

  17. Roshini
    February 2, 2013 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    these are so adorable

  18. marian
    February 2, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Hi @ Tina Dahl: Have you checked out these cookie makers? https://sweetopia.net/cookie-decorator-directory/

  19. Andrea
    February 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Patience is a virtue when it comes to remodeling especially kitchens. It will be well worth the inconvenience. I am looking forward to your Easter / Spring cookies for inspiration. Hopefully the project will be completed by then.

  20. February 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Andrea: Yes, it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds like you’ve been through it (?). It will definitely be well worth the inconvenience, and in the meantime, browsing Pinterest is fun. Thanks for visiting me here. xo

  21. February 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments everyone! xo

  22. Lisa Cornely
    February 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    So many different types of lovely valentine treats. They are all so beautiful Marian.

  23. February 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    These look beautiful. I love the ones with the edible lace on – almost too good to eat!

  24. February 4, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    You and your cookies are amazing!! Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. February 4, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    your paris dogs are still one of my favorites:)

  26. Kim
    February 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    How do you frost the cupcakes on the pink stand? I like the simple look.

  27. February 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    @ Kim: I do have a video on how I frost cupcakes. You can find it under the tab at the top, Categories, and then under Videos. Should be a title something like How to Make a Cupcake Swirl. Use a large round tip and then smoosh the icing into a bowl of sanding sugar. Hope that helps!

  28. February 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Well I am glad you are back! I am relieved your absence is because you are obtaining a fabulous new space. I was a bit worried your family had been hit with that monster flu that is going around, it seems to be wiping out all my favorite bloggers ๐Ÿ™

  29. Katie
    February 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies look amazing! Just one question though, is there any other way you can trace an image aside from using a kopykake projector? Thanks!

  30. marian
    February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Cheyenne: Funny you should say that! I didn’t mention it, but I also experienced the worst flu I’ve ever had a few weeks ago… I’m better now but not at my same energy level just yet. So I guess a lot of people have had it! Hope you’re doing well and thanks for commenting here. xo

    Hi @ Katie: Yes, you can. I’ve mentioned alternatives near the end of the kopykake tutorial. You can find the tutorial at the very bottom of the site… there’s a title which says Tutorials… it’s the last one. xo

  31. Jen
    February 6, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Ok…so I need a tutorial or help on how you tint your icing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t get my icing to ever be bold. My red is very light, my blue is the same! What type of coloring do you use and do you have any tricks or tips on how to achieve the great deep colors you get? I searched your tutorials but didn’t see any, sorry if I missed it!


  32. elise koenig
    February 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    how many cups is in the mesaurment for powdered sugar in royal icing recipie?

  33. mari
    February 7, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I saw your videos and I was asking are the cookies cooked or was it made

  34. marian
    February 7, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    HI @ Jen: Here is a post on how I color my icing black… it’s the same idea for red, just a different color; https://sweetopia.net/2011/05/how-to-color-royal-icing-black/

    Hi @ mari: If I’m understanding your question correctly, the cookies were baked.

    @ elise koenig: It’s always best to weigh with such a fine product like icing sugar, so I’m sorry, I don’t have the cup conversion.

  35. February 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    What wonderful ideas for Valentine’s Day- I especially love the edible lace cookies. Can’t wait to try them myself- thanks for sharing!

  36. marian
    February 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks @ Barbara!

  37. March 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink


    I was recommended to your site because I have a sweet tooth myself – would love to see some frosting tips for cupcakes on your site as well as compote’s. I bake as a hobby when I’m not blogging myself.


  38. Catherine
    January 9, 2016 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian, was wondering the size of the LOVE icing letters, could you please tell meeeeeeeee.



    • marian
      January 13, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Catherine,
      It’s been so long, but I’m guesstimating they were about 3cm high. Happy baking!

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