Baking four-ingredient edible love notes for your sweetheart, or little sweeties, goes far beyond Valentine’s Day. And believe it or not, you don’t even need an hour to make a few pie dough love notes or love letters. Bonus, they are even more delicious than pie.
If you prefer to make memories with your sweeties, with just a bit of guidance (and knife safety), they can make these with you. This is especially fun if the kids are giving them as gifts because it’s extra special for the person they are giving them to. Plus, the kiddos feel pride in making something on their own.
To see how simple edible love notes are, watch Ashley Thompson and I make these darling edible love notes on KELOLAND Living.
A fun part of making adorable envelopes out of pie dough is that you can customize them with whatever jam or jelly, or pie filling, is your favorite (or the favorite of the treat recipient) and the seasons. You may even like it with peanut butter or a hazelnut cocoa or almond cocoa spread.
Valentine’s Day and Beyond
For Valentine’s Day, use a red jam. Use blueberry and strawberry for the Fourth of July. And because who doesn’t love the flavors of fall…use pumpkin or apple butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar later in the year.
Plus, you can bake them to be as large or as tiny as your little heart desires. If you buy a two-pack of premade pie dough, use one or both, cutting the envelopes out as big or as little as you want. I used a paring knife to cut the diamond shape which you’ll fold into an envelope, but if you have a diamond-shaped cookie cutter, by all means use it.
Use a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter to seal the envelopes. Or, if you can free-hand cut them out, that’s great! I flunked art in middle school so free-handing the diamond shapes is about as willy-nilly as I can get.
Just a Few Ingredients
- Premade (store-bought or homemade) pie dough
- Strawberry or cherry jam or jelly, or pie filling (or any flavor you like)
- Egg (to brush the tops)
- Sugar (for sprinkling on top to make them sparkle)
Make Edible Love Notes
Step One: Lightly flour a surface to lay out one pie dough circle.
Step Two: Using a paring knife, cut out diamond shapes. Using a tiny heart cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as you cut diamonds.
Step Three: On each diamond, drop about a teaspoon, a tablespoon for the large ones, into the center of the diamond.
TIP: DON’T USE TOO MUCH. The jam starts to ooze out of the envelope as it bakes. So if you use too much, it will bake out and over the top of your envelopes. Keep as much of the jam tucked inside the envelope as you can.
Step Four: Fold in each side of the diamond (the left and the right sides) over the top of the jam. Then fold the bottom up into the center. Brush the dough with egg wash. Place the dough heart in the middle. Brush the heart with egg wash.
The egg wash gives the envelopes a shiny and golden brown color, plus it helps the sugar stick to the dough so it’s pretty and sparkly.
Step Five: Sprinkle sugar, sanding or granulated, onto the pie dough.
Step Six: Place envelopes on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Valentine’s Day and Beyond
Another cute Valentine’s Day (and beyond) treat your kids can help you make are Deconstructed Strawberry Pretzel Salad Sticks.
click below for the Recipe: https://randomsweets.com/deconstructed-strawberry-pretzel-salad-sticks/
Signed, sealed and delivered! Who will you make these edible love notes for all year long?
Edible Love Notes
- 2 premade pie dough crusts
- strawberry or cherry jam or jelly, or pie filling
- 1 egg
- sugar for sprinkling on the tops
- Heat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Crack egg into a bowl and beat.
- Lightly flour your cutting surface and lay out one pie dough round.
- Cut diamond shapes. Cut tiny hearts for each diamond.
- Place about a teaspoon of jam in the center of each diamond.
- Fold up the two side corners of the envelope and then fold the bottom into the center. Brush the dough with egg wash. Place the heart on top of the corners you folded in. Brush the heart with egg wash.
- Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle the envelope with sugar.
- Roll out remaining dough and repeat. Use one or two dough rounds depending on the number of envelopes you want.
- Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets