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Punny Sugar Cookie Cards for Valentine’s Day

Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

These Punny Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Cards were made with my little sister, Emily, in mind. She’s always finding new and silly puns to tell me, like one she’s particularly proud of about two melons that “cantaloupe.” I love these punny sugar cookie cards because they’re a tasty and lighthearted way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t love a little word play?

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Materials:
Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

I’m breaking each “punny” cookie design into its own section.  If you plan to make all of the designs, do all of the royal icing transfers at the same time and fill all of the cookie backgrounds at the same time.  It will make your life easier and more efficient. 

Cookie Designs:

“We Make a Great Pear” Sugar Cookie Design

Create Royal Icing Transfers
We Make a Great Pear - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards - Royal Icing Transfers
I changed how I spelled “pair” in my final cookie design.

On a piece of parchment paper, use a piping bag fitted with a #1 tip and a coupler to pipe medium green icing into a pear shape outline and fill.  I highly suggest using a template to make this easier.  Place the template under the parchment paper so you can see the design through the parchment paper and then trace the lines in icing.  I also suggest creating transfers on a cookie sheet so it’s easy to move the transfers.  My setup consists of a cookie sheet, the template, and then a layer of parchment paper. 

Use a toothpick to guide the icing to the outline and pop any bubbles.  Gently shake the parchment (while it is flat) to level out the icing.  Allow the icing to dry and crust for 15 minutes. 

Next, use a #1 tip to outline and fill a dark green icing leaf.  Use a toothpick to move the icing to fill any missing spots and to pop bubbles.  Allow the icing to dry and crust for 30-60 minutes.  Using the same dark green icing, add the leaf veins. 

We Make a Great Pear - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Card - Royal Icing Transfers

Use a #1 tip to make the brown stems for each pear and allow to crust for 15 minutes.  Then, on the “girl” pears, use a #1 tip to pipe the sides of the pink icing bow.  Allow the icing to crust for 15 minutes and then add the middle of the pink bow. 

You can also make a few small pink hearts for accents at this time.

Allow the icing transfers to dry uncovered for 4-6 hours (or until completely dry). 

We Make a Great Pear - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards - Royal Icing Transfers

Draw a cute face on each of the pears using a black edible marker.  I added eyelashes to the “girl” pear. 

We Make a Great Pear - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards - Royal Icing Transfers

Dip the tip of a Q-tip in pink luster dust and gently rub the tip in a small circle to create blush on the pears’ cheeks.  A little luster dust goes a long way. 

To make a catchlight (i.e., the twinkle in the eye), dip the tip of a toothpick into medium consistency white icing and then touch the toothpick to the top right of the eye and gently drag the toothpick down to the middle of the eye.  This will make a very thin white line. 

Gently remove the royal icing transfers from the parchment paper by sliding an offset spatula under each.  These are fragile, so be careful.  I made extras, in case of breakage. 

Decorating the Cookies

Use a #2 tip to outline and fill the rectangle cookies with white icing.  Use a toothpick to encourage the icing to move to the outline and pop any large bubbles.  Gently shake the cookie to ensure the royal icing levels out (i.e., “heals”). 

We Make a Great Pear - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

While the icing is still wet, drop the royal icing transfers onto the rectangle in the desired location. 

Allow the icing to dry uncovered for 6-8 hours (or overnight). 

We Make a Great Pear - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

Use a black edible marker to write “We Make a Great Pear” in your desired font on the punny sugar cookie cards.  If you don’t feel comfortable writing freehand, you can use this post on using a projector app to write with any font you want.  

We’re Two Peas in a Pod

Create Royal Icing Transfers

On a piece of parchment paper, use a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a #1 tip to outline and fill the back of the pea pod with dark green icing.  Gently shake the parchment paper (while it’s flat) to level out the icing.  Allow the icing to dry and crust for 30 minutes. 

Two Peas in a Pod - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards - Royal Icing Transfers

Next, use a #1 tip to outline and fill the two peas with light green icing.  Gently shake the parchment paper and allow the icing to dry and crust for 30 minutes. 

Two Peas in a Pod - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards - Royal Icing Transfers

Finish the pea pod by using a #1 tip to outline and fill the front part with medium green icing.  Make sure to cover the bottom of the peas so it looks like they are inside the pod. 

Use a #1 tip to make a few small pink hearts (not pictured). 

Allow the icing transfers to dry uncovered for 4-6 hours (or completely dry). 

Draw a cute face on each of the peas using a black edible marker.  I also added eyelashes to the “girl” pea.  Add blush to the girl pea’s cheeks by dipping the tip of a Q-tip in pink luster dust and gently rubbing the Q-tip in a small circle.

Gently remove the royal icing transfers from the parchment paper (so they don’t break) by sliding an offset spatula under each.  Make a few extras. 

Decorating the Cookies

Use a #2 tip to outline and fill the rectangle cookies with white icing.  Use a toothpick to encourage the icing to move to the outline and pop any large bubbles.  Gently shake the cookie to ensure the royal icing levels out (i.e., “heals”). 

Two Peas in a Pod - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

While the icing is still wet, drop the royal icing transfers (i.e., one peapod and one heart) onto the rectangle in the desired location. 

Allow the icing to dry uncovered for 6-8 hours (or overnight). 

Two Peas in a Pod - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

Use a black edible marker to write “We’re Two Peas in a Pod” in your desired font on the punny sugar cookie cards.  If you don’t feel comfortable writing freehand, refer to my post on using a tracing projector app to write in any font. 

You’re One in a Melon

Create Royal Icing Transfers
You're One in a Melon - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards -  Royal Icing Transfers

On a piece of parchment paper, use a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a #1 tip to pipe an arch (looks like a smile or a wide “U”) in dark green icing and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.  Use a #1 tip to pipe a second line on the inside of the first in medium green icing and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.  Use a #2 tip to fill in the interior of the semi-circle with red icing. 

While the red icing is still wet, use a #1 tip to pipe small black dots onto the watermelon.  I made 6 dots on the top row and 3 on the bottom (I left enough room for eyes on the bottom row).  Quickly, and before the icing can dry, take a toothpick and place it into the center of the dot and drag upward.  This will create the look of watermelon seeds.  Wipe the toothpick off between each seed so there isn’t any red icing that gets transferred to the next seed.

Allow the icing transfers to dry uncovered for 4-6 hours (or completely dry). 

You're One in a Melon - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards - Royal Icing Transfers

Next, use a #1 tip to pipe two small circles in black medium consistency icing (for the eyes) and pipe a thin smile.  While the eyes are still wet, dip the tip of a toothpick into medium consistency white icing and then touch the toothpick two times to the inside of each eye to get the “catch light” (i.e., the twinkle in their eye). 

Let the icing dry uncovered for 6-8 hours (or overnight). 

Gently remove the royal icing transfers from the parchment paper (so they don’t break) by sliding an offset spatula under each.  Make extras in case of breakage. 

Decorating the Cookies

Use a #2 tip to outline and fill the rectangle cookies with white icing.  Use a toothpick to encourage the icing to move to the outline and pop any large bubbles.  Gently shake the cookie to ensure the royal icing levels out (i.e., “heals”). 

You're One in a Melon - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

While the icing is still wet, drop the royal icing transfers (i.e., one watermelon) onto the rectangle in the desired location. 

Allow the icing to dry uncovered for 6-8 hours (or overnight). 

You're One in a Melon - Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

Use a black edible marker to write “You’re One in a Melon” in your desired font on the punny sugar cookie cards.  If you don’t feel comfortable writing freehand, refer to my post on using a tracing projector app to write in any font. 

Punny Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Cards

These would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift to give to a friend, significant other, or anyone who is special in your life.  Get creative and make your own designs for a “punny” card.  Leave me a comment below with your favorite pun!

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