Valentine’s Day Cookie, You’re Grrrreat and I’m not Lion!

I am going to share something with you. I love animals! It is true!  I am kinda like the Ellie May Clampett of my family. I do have a little southern accent and the love of animals but I don’t have the perfect “10” figure she had. Maybe one day (fingers crossed). Oh well, let’s talk cookies now.  When I was a kid my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day (besides the chocolate) was the animal cards I got from my classmates.  I remember getting cards with lions on them and wondered what a lion had to do with Valentine’s Day. Well, I am much older now and still don’t know the answer to that question but, I do know the cards were really cute so I thought they would  make cute cookies.

See! Anything with an animal on it is cute.

I made these cookies with twenty second icing. To learn how to make it click here.


Red Icing
Yellow Icing
Black Icing
White Icing
Pink Icing
Heart Cookie Cutter
Cowboy Hat Cutter

First, you need to bake your cookies. When you take the cookies out of the oven you can place the cowboy hat cutter on the heart and gently press down. You don’t what to press so hard it goes all the way through the heart. You just need to apply enough pressure to make an impression. Or, you can place the cowboy hat on the heart and trace it with a food safe marker. If your cowboy hat cutter is to big for your heart cookie, you can trace it, make a copy, and shrink it on your copy machine to make it any size that will fit your heart.

Once you get your impression on your cookie you are ready to decorate. I outlined the face with yellow and then added cute little ears.  Next, outline the heart with the red icing.

Now you are ready to flood the heart red.  This will need to dry overnight so it doesn’t bleed.

Next, with the yellow icing, flood the lion head and the ears. While the ears are wet, add pink.

Now let this dry for a little while.

Now you are ready to add the red nose.

Next, with the black icing, add the eyes and dot with white icing.

Now you are all done!

I though I would make a cookie bag topper for you so you don’t have to stress about how to package these cute little guys. If you want them all you have to do is click here.

Happy Creating,



  1. Sweetsugarbelle says:

    Lisa, these are stinking adorable!!! And I’m not lion :-)

  2. Awww… cute and your tutorial is so simple and fun. Great job! And I’m not lion either. 😉

  3. These are the best,, my grandson will laugh and laugh at these.. thanks for sharing for us more challanged decorators ie: me…

  4. Anne Snyder says:

    These are stinkin’ cute! I think they are my favorite so far … except for when you make cookies that look like carrots. I love pretending I’m being healthy eating your cookies!

  5. Awww Lisa – I love you’re little lion cookies!!

  6. Adorable cookie and great tag to make the package complete! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love these!

  8. Adorable! I just saw that you were a new Lil’ Luna contributer, too. So thought I’d pop over & introduce myself. :) I look forward to getting to know you better.

    Ginger @

  9. So excited to be working with you over at Lil’ Luna. I will be doing a post about our new Lil’ Luna Family tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what cute cookies you come up with!

    -Heather @

  10. Hi there! I am going to be the DIY contributor for Lil Luna, and I wanted to come over and meet ya! Your cookies are DARLING!!! {which I am sure you are well aware of} I LOVE sugar cookies, but I have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, so I am looking for some new recipes to love. Can’t wait to get to know you better!

  11. These are so cute! And I love the tip about using the cookie cutter to make an impression on the warm cookie that you can trace.

  12. This is SUPER CUTE!!! I’d love for you to come share it at my party, Overflowing with Creativity! The party just began!!! Thanks LOTS!!! XO, Aimee

  13. CUTE!! Lovin the bright red! Great idea.

  14. Omg, Lisa, at the end of the day you make me smile, these really put a smile on my face, love the idea with the hat, so clever!

  15. So cute!! I love it!! Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

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