8-Bit Heart Valentine Cookies

8-Bit Heart Valentine Cookies

These 8-bit Heart Valentine Cookies pay homage to 8-bit video games and Valentine's Day!
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword valentine cookies
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Author Rebecca Swanner


Royal Icing

  • 3 Tbsp. meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. water
  • 1 bottle red food coloring
  • 1 bottle black food coloring


8-Bit Heart Cookies

  • Make sugar cookies according to recipe. If you are using a recipe that requires the dough to chill, make the royal icing during that time.
  • Roll sugar cookie dough to 1/4" thick. Cut out cookie shapes using 8-bit cookie cutter. Reroll scraps until dough is gone.
  • Bake according to recipe until edges are light golden brown. Let cool.

Royal Icing

  • Combine meringue powder, water, and powdered sugar in stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment for about 7 minutes until soft peaks have formed.
  • Separate royal icing into three bowls. Cover one bowl of undyed royal icing with plastic wrap. Set aside.
  • Add red food coloring to first bowl until icing is saturated. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  • Add black food coloring to first bowl until icing is saturated. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  • Wait 2-3 hours until colors have deepened.
  • Fit icing bags with couplers and #1 or #2 round tip. Fill bags with icing and use bag ties to close. Place tip covers on each bag.

Decorating 8-Bit Heart Cookies

  • Pipe red royal icing outline around edge of cookie, leaving 1/4" space.
  • Fill inside of outline with red royal icing. Let dry.
  • Pipe black outline around cookie using black royal icing. Let dry.
  • Pipe character name on cookie with white icing. Let dry.


If you want to eat the cookies after they're decorated, I recommend adding a flavoring (vanilla, almond, etc.) to the royal icing.
If you don't want to eat them but want to keep them, let them dry completely, the cover with clear lacquer or shellac.