With a mere four days to go to my favorite cookie decorating holiday, my second sweet Valentine's Day Spotlight, promised over three weeks ago, is long overdue - but well worth the wait!
Without further ado, here you have it: the hottest hearts, love birds, and other romantic cookies that have graced our site this week.
As always, the techniques represented in this week's featured cookies are many - everything from stamping and brush embroidery to textured fondant and the most elegant of hand-piping. In addition to being smitten with the beauty of these cookies, you will learn a bunch by studying how each has been lovingly crafted.
Happy (slightly early) Valentine's Day!
#1: Love Bird Cookies by Little Wonderland
#2: Pajaritos de San Valentin by El Atelier de la Reposteria
#3: Blue Valentine by Allison at Baked on Briar
#4: San Valentin by El Atelier de la Reposteria [EDITOR'S NOTE: Congrats on your second win of the week!]
#5: Valentine Special by Maison de Leveque
#6: Wood You Be Mine? by Montreal Confections
#7: Heart Cookie With Edible Glitter by Evelindecora
#8: Be My Valentine/Love Is In The Air by The Cookie Lab
#9: Stamped Valentine Cookies by Tami Rena's Cookies
#10: Ruffled And Brush-Embroidered Corset Cookie by Katia at GK Cookies
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