Heartbreak Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Holiday

Heartbreak Cookies

For the broken hearted! Or the people who have had a rough few months on The Tinder.

These cookies are dedicated to my former single self who sort of hated Valentine’s day and would vom a little bit when she’d see cute couples at Whole Foods buying groceries to cook dinner with each other. So much side-eye but only because I was really lonely and isolated. Looking back I should’ve learned to enjoy that time so much more.

Heartbreak Cookies

Heartbreak Cookies

Heartbreak Cookies

I say enjoy being single. Learn to be ok with being all alone. I wasn’t so great at it; I wish I was better at it.

These cookies might be a good first step in that direction. Also, they’re sort of fun to make even if you’re not single. The chocolate cut out cookies are super tasty. Very chocolate-y and the royal icing tastes good!

Here’s where I got the heartbreak cookie cutter from (the shipping is super fast) and they have basically any cookie cutter you’ll ever need.

Cookie Cutter
Wilton Heart Sprinkles

Heartbreak Cookies

Heartbreak Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 40 cookies (depending on size of cookie cutter)


Chocolate Sugar Cookies:

  • 1 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Royal Icing & Add-ons:

  • 4 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more later on in the recipe
  • red or pink heart sprinkles


  • To make the cookies: To the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment) or a large mixing bowl (using an electric hand mixer), add the butter and sugar. Beat them together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides mix again for a few seconds. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat once more until combined.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, cocoa powder and salt. This step is unfortunately necessary because cocoa powder is often times lumpy.
  • Cover the sides of the bowl with a towel so the flour won’t escape. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Remove the tea towels and continue to mix for another 30 seconds. The dough will be ready when all the flecks of flour disappear and it begins to clump around the mixer.
  • Divide the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. Press the dough down and wrap it in plastic wrap. Transfer to the fridge to chill for 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the first sheet of dough from the fridge. If the dough is too stiff/cold to roll out, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, until it’s rollable. Flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll the dough out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using your cookie cutter, stamp out cookies. Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes (this helps the cookies keep their shape when baked). Repeat the rolling out and stamping out process with the second sheet of dough. Repeat chilling process too.
  • Bake the cookies, one baking sheet at a time, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the center of the cookie no longer looks wet. The baking time will vary depending on the size of your cookie.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating
  • To make the icing: In the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment) or a medium bowl with an electric mixer, add the sugar and egg whites. Mixing on low speed, add 1/4 cup water and mix until it’s a smooth, somewhat thick consistency. Add a few tablespoons of icing to a piping bag with a small round tip attached. Stencil the outsides of the hearts and allow to dry completely.
  • Add a teaspoon more of water to the royal icing and mix until it’s a much looser consistency, adding more water, as needed. Add the royal icing to the center of the cookies, spreading it around, until it reaches the outside stencil, using a toothpick. I found it easiest to work in batches of three because the icing can dry out and be hard to spread. Allow the cookies to dry completely, an hour or so. Then eat them!
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    Reply SkinnyMe February 8, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Even if you’re not the type of person who buys into all the Valentine’s Day hoopla, you may still want to scoop up a little something for your main squeeze. And this would be the perfect gift for someone you love. I will definitely give this recipe a try.

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    Reply Amber Harding February 8, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Lovely, in a way! ;D

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    Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel February 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Yesssssss. My deepest goal every moment: Enjoy this. It’s not always going to be this way. I won’t always have this much freedom. I won’t always have all the time to myself in the whole wide world. Enjoy it. And now I think I must add “make heartbreak cookies” to my deepest goals list. Heck yah.

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    Reply Megan February 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Such a cute idea and the chocolate cookies look tasty! I enjoy being single but I occasionally like to participate in eye-rolling and giving major side-eye just for the fun of it.

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    Reply Liz @ Floating Kitchen February 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Oh Valentine’s Day. Always so many feelings – whether I’m single (currently, yes) or coupled – it always seems to be a day of mixed emotions. But today, all I’m feeling are these cookies and OMG I need that cookie cutter. Adorable.

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    Reply Mollie February 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Now this is MY kind of Valentine’s Day cookie! Haha, I absolutely LOVE these!

    xoxo Mollie

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    Reply Kari February 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

    What a clever idea!

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    Reply Trina and Tina February 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Darling idea! So creative! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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    Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High February 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I have so much love for this, you don’t even know. How ironic since they are kinda anti-love.

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    Reply Mary Frances February 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

    haha “rough few months on The Tinder” These cookies look beautiful. Great job! 🙂

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    Reply Eszter February 9, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    These cookies look amazing. Perfect for a broken heart, or a full heart, or whatever kind of mood you may be in. Nice job!

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    Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect February 10, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I love these so much! They’re so fun and inventive.

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    Reply Emily @ Life on Food February 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I cannot decide if these cookies are funny or sad. Either way I am sure they are delicious.

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    Reply Jill February 23, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Great photos. Lovely and inspiring designs.

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    Reply Jill February 23, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    These are so fantastic. Wonderful look!

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    Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship February 27, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Ha!!! These are amazing!

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    Reply Jenny | The Baking Skillet February 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    OMG there is actually a ‘heart-break’ cookie cutter out there! These are so awesome.. Single days can be so much fun, especially if one has great girlfriends 🙂

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    Reply Megan July 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I love to cook. I loved these cookies

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    Reply Gertrudes Navarro September 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    WOW… Looks Delicious!!!

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    The best to heal a broken heart

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    Este site me deixa com água na boca, adorei.

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