I’m one of those perpetually single people who actually look forward to Valentine’s Day. It’s the one day out of the year that makes my normal Friday night completely legitimate, even expected: drinking wine and eating chocolate on the couch in my pink pajamas while watching rom-coms. Yay.

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Additional celebrations normally include valentines to friends and gifts from my parents. Below is a brief history of my Valentine’s Day Traditions.

Elementary school

Receiving gifts from the Valentine’s Day Cat, the mystical holiday creature similar to Santa. It started when I received a pink Little Tikes vanity at the age of 4. Mini-Annie: “What’s that scratch on the mirror?” My dad: “Ohh.. it’s because the Valentine’s Day Cat left it for you.”

College

Drinking cheap wine and baking Sprinkles cupcake mix into a full cake. Leftover cake resided in the sorority housing fridge with a friendly note attached to the top: EAT THIS AND I’LL KILL YOU.

Post-College

Baking Hello Kitty-shaped cookies and delicately icing them until my fingers went numb.

This year

Emoji cookies. Why? Well, while Hello Kitty is still my girl, I wanted to bake something the boys would enjoy, too. Though I wish that I was the first creative genius to think of Emoji cookies, existing how-to’s were inevitably one Pinterest-search away.

But for anyone who’s a non-baker like me, below are my tips on how to bake emoji sugar cookies during  a chaotic work week.

How to Make Emoji Sugar Cookies

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1. Start with a great sugar cookie recipe. I used Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe, as well as the icing recipe she recommends. They taste like your Grandma’s homemade cookies. One coworker described them as crack. They’re great.

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2. Once the dough has been refrigerated according to the recipe and rolled out, use a medium-sized (3 in.) circle cookie cutter.

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3. While the cookies are baking, prepare the sugar cookie icing. For the emoji face color, add one big drop of yellow food coloring and one very tiny drop of red to get a yellowish-orange.

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4. Spread the icing thinly over the cookies. Some emoji cookie recipes recommend piping the icing around the outside of the cookie first so that it doesn’t drip over the edge of the cookie. But really… who has time for that? Simply wipe around the edges.

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5. Draw on the faces with your icing. This is my roommate’s first attempt. The open mouth thing wasn’t really working.

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After my roommate’s attempt at the mouth, I decided to use an Edible Color Marker. I wouldn’t recommend this. It looks weird… so I drank some wine. Out of a coffee mug.

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Since I’m no Betty Crocker, properly piping the icing on with a bag wasn’t an option on a Wednesday night after work. Fortunately, she sells the pre-made Cookie Icing bags. Pro’s: It dries hard. Con’s: It’s difficult to draw straight lines. For drawing the hearts, I applied a circle of icing and used the end of a paintbrush to spread out the icing into the shape of a heart.

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When my roommate had enough of the limitations of the Cookie Icing, she ran to the store to pick up the smaller gel icing. Pro’s: It’s easier to draw straight lines. Con’s: It’s like oil paint and never really dries. I learned this the hard way when I put Saran Wrap over mine on the way to work. Total fail.

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To create the cute rosy cheeks, we used pink Pearl Dust from Michael’s and applied it to the cookies with a Q-tip. Tip: Wet the end of the Q-tip slightly so that the pearl dust properly sticks.

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I mean, look how cute…

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Wa-la! You have adorable emoji cookies that are perfect for friends, coworkers, boyfriends, semi-boyfriends and even a guy you just met.

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