My Heart Shaped Whatever Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for the month of love.
The reason they are called Whatever Cookies is because you can make them for whatever special occasion or holiday.
You just change the M & M color to match your theme.
Click HERE for the dough recipe without shaping.
You can find Valentine’s themed M & M’s at any grocery store this time of year.
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I thought it would be fun to make these cookies even cuter by forming them into the shape of a heart.
But, this is a sticky dough and it would not do well being rolled out and then cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
So, I improvised.
I am pretty sure you can do this technique with any cookie recipe, but you do need to chill the dough overnight.Print
Heart Shaped Whatever Cookies
- Total Time: 15 minute
- Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 1x
Make these cute free form heart shaped cookies for your Valentine!
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) high gluten bread flour
- 1 cup (99 grams) quick oats ( you can substitute old fashioned)
- 1 teaspoon (4 grams) baking powder
- 1 cup (213 grams) brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup (135 grams) peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon (14 grams) vanilla
- 3 large eggs, room temp
- 1 cup M & M’S (use the color and flavor for whatever holiday/occasion you are celebrating)
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter, softened
- 1 cup (170 grams) white chocolate chips
- 1 cup (170) semi- sweet chunk chocolate chips
- Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add peanut butter and mix again.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated.
- Next, add vanilla and mix again.
- In a separate bowl, combine flours, oats, and baking powder.
- Whisk to combine the ingredients.
- Gently pour the flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar and mix on low until just combined.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer and add chocolate chips and M & M’s.
- Gently stir by hand to combine.
- If you need to use your mixer, dump the dough into a clean bowl and then seal with seran wrap. Spray the wrap to keep it come sticking to the dough.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using a large serving spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out dough onto cookie sheets. These cookies will be large.
- Bake the cookies for approximately 8-10 minutes until they start to brown on the edges are just set in the center of the cookie.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on sheet to set for a few minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- This is a chunky cookie, if they want to brown to much on the bottom as they are baking, place an empty cookie sheet on the bottom rack of your oven. Then back your cookies on the top rack.
- You will need to adjust your baking time, if you leave your cookies in the freezer more than 30 minutes.
- Remove the cookies from the oven while they look underbaked so that you can easily shape them. Otherwise, they will break.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus overnight chill time))
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Cookies
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: heart shaped cookies, whatever cookies
Steps to Make the Free Form Heart Shapes
- Take your chilled dough out of the fridge.
- Using a spoon, place two almond shaped balls of dough in the shape of a wide “V” on a parchment lined cookie sheet. This “V” shape will give you the beginning of your heart.
- Chill the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the cookie dough from the freezer and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. It may take longer depending on how long you leave them in the freezer. You do not want to overbake these cookies or you will not be able to shape them.
- You want to remove the cookies from the oven when they are still gooey and look underbaked.
- When you remove the cookies from the oven, they will have lost most of their “V” shape, but that is okay.
- Using the bottom point of a heart shaped cookie cutter, you will push in the top center of the cookie to form the defined top of the heart.
- Then using the side of the heart shaped cookie cutter, you will gently push on the side of the cookie to push the bottom back into a point for the heart bottom.
- Allow the cookies to completely cool on the cookie sheet. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet as it cools and also keep their heart shape.
Photos of the Process
I would love to know what you think of my Heart Shaped Whatever Cookies. Drop me a comment below and let me know.
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MarcyFebruary 7, 2023 11:14 pm
I’ve made these cookies for 4th of July and now i can not wait to try the heart shape. You have the best ideas!
BelindaFebruary 7, 2023 11:15 pm
Just finished making my dough. Can not wait to shape them into hearts and take them to Bunko tomorrow night. Thank you!
BrendaFebruary 7, 2023 11:16 pm
Love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipes.