I don’t know about you, but as a child I was fairly indiscriminate when it came to candy.  We didn’t have candy all that often so when holidays came around, I was always very excited about all the candy I collected.  I ate my favorites first (chocolate), then some in between-ers (Nerds, Starburst, etc.) and then I might try some of the candies I already knew I didn’t like – such as the conversation hearts.  And every time, I wondered why I had put that chalky bad-tasting candy in my mouth again.  I think it’s because they are so cute, I just wanted to like them.

Well, these cookies are my solution.  All the cuteness of conversation hearts, but in the form of a delicious fun cookie! I’ve had these cookies in my head pretty much since last Valentine’s Day, and have just been waiting and waiting to make them.  I’m so happy I finally got the chance, because I had a total blast making these.  Now I have to tell you, I started out with a list of some pretty generic phrases to write on my cookies, but as I decorated, I got more and more creative (and Ben started feeding me some more humorous suggestions.)

So, if you’re a fan of The Office, I know you’ll like these.

And then we just got really ridiculous, as seen above.  Inspired by everything from Paris Hilton to Twilight, the ridiculous phrases were more fun to come up with than the traditional ones.  We were literally doubled over with laughter by the time I was finished.  But, I think the silly hearts have their place too.  After all, real conversation come with quite a few odd phrases.  “Don’t tell”, “Email me”, “Goodbye”, “Gotcha” to name a few.  I packaged my cookies up in boxes for friends and they were a huge hit.

Want to make your own conversation hearts?  Use my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and this tutorial on royal icing as a guide. Enjoy!