Sacred and Immaculate Heart "Play Doh" Cookies

Don't let the name of these cookies scare you off- these are 100% edible cookies! They just look like play doh, and you get to play with them like you're a little kid again. And let me tell ya- your kids are gunna LOVE making these cookies!

The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost, which is this Friday. The Feast of the Immaculate Heart always falls on the day after the feast of the Sacred Heart (and is always on a Saturday). But the whole month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, and the month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart, so you have a big window to celebrate in! :-)

First you'll need to make your dough. In my opinion, this is the least fun part. If you're in a patient mood, allow your toddler to "help" you. ;-) Here are the ingredients. I went ahead and doubled the recipe for you to make it "big family friendly", which will make about 25 heart shaped play doh cookies.

How to Make Play Doh Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
For Decorating:
gel food coloring
white sugar

Start by creaming the butter, sugar, and cream cheese. Then add the eggs and almond extract. Stir until smooth. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, and add to the butter mixture. Color as desired and roll into 2 inch balls. Cover and refrigerate for 2+ hours. When firm, shape as desired (directions below for how to make Sacred and Immaculate Heart cookies). Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with white sugar, and cook for 12-15 minutes or until cookies begin to brown on edges.

For the sacred heart cookies, I divided my dough in quarters. I made one quarter red, one quarter pink, split one quarter between yellow and orange, and split the last quarter to make purple and left the last eighth white.

Begin by sticking 2 colors together. For my Sacred Heart cookies I used red and orange, and for my Immaculate Heart cookies I used red and pink.

Roll this into a long coil. My dough did crack when I was doing this. You can stick it back together if it brakes. I found it was best to start in the middle and roll towards the edges. It also seemed to work better if we rolled using our finger tips rather than the entire palm of our hands.

Then roll the coil into a spiral circle.

Use the end of a butter knife to dent a top in for the heart shape, and then pinch the bottom of the cookie to complete the heart.

Here are the pieces I used to put together Immaculate Heart Cookies.
(The Immaculate Heart of Mary has flames coming out of the
top and is surrounded by roses).

Here are the needed pieces for the Sacred Heart Cookies.
(The Sacred Heart of Jesus also has flames coming out
of the top, but it is surrounded by a crown of thorns).

You can shape the flames by making the dough into a ball, and then pinching the end to a point. Wrap an orange coil around the yellow shape to complete the flame.

I found that the crown of thorns and roses stuck just fine, but the flames will fall off after the cookies are baked if you don't stick them on really well.

Before you bake them, sprinkle the tops with sugar. This makes them a little sparkly, plus it makes them super yummy to eat. :-)

Here are the finished cookies! I think they would be
the perfect cookies for a Catholic bake sale!

And what isn't cuter on a stick? 

Lolipop cookies are just adorable!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

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  1. What a great way to do it! I know there are lots of fun Sacred Heart cookie ideas but coloring and playing with the dough is so unique! I  don't know if it would work with the GF/DF/EF version i make, but maybe i could use different shades of red and pink in the dough and then do fondant on top. Thanks for the great (as always) ideas!

  2. Cheryl Schroeder BasileJune 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    They are beautiful and look like a great project for my daughter and I to do this week.  (The boys are gone at scout camp so I'm looking for mom/daughter projects and she would love this one!)  Thank you for the idea.


  3. While the idea of creating, out of deep respect, a craft to teach our children to honor and love the Lord and our Mother Mary, is wonderful, I must say that anything like this that is edible is very disrespectful.  I know this will be an unpopular opinion, and I respectfully voice first struck me when I saw suckers in the store that were in the shape of the cross.  I thought "how can I teach, on the one hand, to honor the cross, to hold it in the highest of esteem, to see it as a visual reminder as the pain and torment that the Lord suffered for us all, and then hand it to my child and watch them lick it and bite it and munch and crunch it to pieces?"  It just does not make sense.  The same rings true about other things that we hold in high regard especially the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart.  To look at a beautiful picture hanging in our homes, to have statues, to color pictures and make crafts is one thing, but to make an "edible " Sacred Heart or an "edible" Immaculate Heart is crossing the line.

  4. To say that it is impossible to honor things that are edible is a contradiction to the Eucharist itself. Now, I am not saying that these cookies have the physical presence of Jesus, I'm just pointing out that this is an obvious hole in your logic. For my kids, this was a good hands-on way to teach them about the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. My 5 year old could identify both, tell you the parts/symbolism, etc. She learned all of this in the process of making these cookies, and I can assure you they were not made or eaten with any disrespect- only with love, honor, and the desire to grow in our faith. Raising my children to love God and giving them the tools they need to get to heaven is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I choose to educate them about their faith in a fun way, and to meet them at their own lever. I would never do an activity with them that I thought was disrespectful. Even if this particular activity is not your cup of tea, I hardly feel that I've "crossed any lines". I share my ideas here freely to help other mothers teach the faith to their children and/or classrooms. Putting myself out there opens me up to criticism from literally the whole world. This is a stress I am learning to live with.

  5. My son immediately asked "can we make these"  we can't have dairy here though, so I may have to come up with some alternative for sure. 

  6. If you come up with a great dairy free version, you should come back and
    leave it for us in the comments! Allergies totally stink! :-(

  7. I wish we could have food dye.  :o(  You're projects are SO cute.  I would make these in a heartbeat (oy - no pun intended, really) except that food dye does really unpleasant things to my kids.  Unless . . . . hey!  We can make them with clay!!  Woo Hoo!!  Oh, and I'm definitely making the Lourdes grotto of rice krispies this week because I just started the preschool program last week with our 3 and 2 y/os and we're on Letter B this week, for Bernadette.  You do great work here and sound like a really neat person!  Keep up the Lord's work!

    Deo Juvante, Jen (Catholic homeschooling mom of 7)

  8. If this is how you feel then don't do these activities with your kids. Instead do them out of playdough. Remember we honor God in who we are, what we do for each other, and what we truely hold in our hearts. There are things that are sacred, but a cupcake, a loli pop, is just that food. Being creative isn't a sin it is tool that we as humans have always used to make sense of His amazing message. Do you thing God, Jesus, or the Virgen Mary would get after children for eating a lolipop in the shape of cross, a heart, and so forth? It's like the idea of Santa Clause, it isn't bad to know about him, it's just important to state the real importance of Christmas. Perhaps you will find an alternative for these activities. God Bless.

  9. There are ways to make dyes from natural things (I did pink with beet juice) and also you can buy commercial natural food dyes online - I believe I have even seen them on Amazon.  They are a little pricer but it isn't like we go through food dyes quickly, LOL!  In any case you can look into it.  Hope this helps :) 

  10. I've wondered if there are natural equivalents somewhere, and figured there must be but hadn't really looked.  I've used strawberry juice sometimes for frosting but it's just not the same.  Thanks for the info!

  11. I've never tried it, but I have seen some striking results in dying things
    with beet juice! Dying Easter eggs with natural dyes seemed to be all over
    the internet this year. Also, dying things with koolaid is getting popular,
    but I don't think that will help you- lol.

  12. These are so beautiful!  I want to organize a Catholic Bake Sale just so I can make these!  Thank you Lacey for all of your wonderful ideas :)

  13. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, including me........I could not disagree with you more.  Kids will learn to LOVE and respect based on how we teach them.  IF you do not like something fine, but why do you feel the need to put down this person (Lacy)...I may not agree with everything I read, but then I just would not do that particular craft.  ITS your choice...I just do not understand why you feel the need to bash her or her site, just stop.  We are all adults here, the world is not according to Monica.  I am sick of people hiding behind their computer blasting others.  Be nice.  Why what is your motive?  To teach us?  I am sorry, but you are not the boss....what I do is my right, when I saw the suckers in a catalog, I thought finally something I can share with my ccd class that has some basis of religion to it, nothing more.  I did buy little chocolate crosses and shared them with my class, they loved them!  I also gave out playdoh on all saints day, and put little stickers on it, saying saints are not soft, be strong in your faith....I believe its all in the presentation.....we are not out to bad things to our kids, because we made cookies, we are trying to share our say its ok to be catholic I also serve a cross cake at our first Holy communion parties, I love our Lord, and show him respect every day.  All I ask is that you show respect too, we are adults, and have free will, your not the boss of me, miss monica

  14. May I recomment dairly free margarine or coconut oil in place of the butter and strained yogurt (try soy, coconut or rice milk yogurt.  Most are available in most grocery stores.)  You put twice the amount of yogurt you need for the final cream cheese in a coffee filter, clean towel or cloth napkin and allow it to drain overnight in the fridge.  When our little gut was tiny, he had to avoid dairy and more.  An alternative is the soy cream cheese (I think tofutti is one brand) , but sometimes it is harder to find or only available in very expensive versions.

  15. awesome ideas, as always, Lacy.  I love all the links you posted to other crafts too.  thanks. you are a wealth of Catholic crafting!

  16. For Love of CupcakesJune 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    These are awesome!!!  I love these two hearts!

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