Gone Fishin' Cookies

Turn heart-shaped cookies into adorable fish with some clever decorating. The pointy end of the heart becomes a puckery fish face, and the rounded side makes a sweet tail.

Serves: 30Prep: 2 hours 20 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 2 hours 32 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 30


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Kroger® Pure Cane Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • Small candy eyes
  • Toothpicks
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Food coloring
  • Piping bag with #3 round tip, or parchment paper rolled into a cone
  • Decorator icings or gels
  • Sprinkles


  • Kids: In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together until fluffy; add egg and vanilla beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat on low speed until combined. Mixture may be crumbly; use hands to form into a ball and divide in half.
  • Kids: Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to ¼” thickness. Transfer rolled dough sheets to the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes or the freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Kids: Heat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut dough; transfer to prepared pan.
  • Adults: Bake 12-14 minutes until just beginning to brown on edges; transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
  • Kids: To make icing, combine confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder, water and vanilla in large bowl until smooth. Divide icing into a few bowls, one for each color you plan to use. Leave one bowl plain white, then add few drops food coloring to achieve desired color in remaining bowls. Add 1–2 tablespoons more water divided over all bowls, a few drops at a time, to get consistency that’s fluid but not too runny.
  • Kids: Spoon icing into piping bag fitted with small #3 round tip, or use a sheet of parchment rolled into cone shape.
  • Kids: Pipe outline around each cookie to create dam. With tight zigzag strokes, fill in center. Nudge icing with toothpick as needed.
  • Kids: To make marbleized design, pipe small lines in contrasting color over iced part. Drag toothpick through lines.
  • Kids: Make fish mouth by drawing a red mouth with decorator gel. Attach candy eye with dot of icing.
  • Kids: You can also pipe wavy “scales” onto fish bodies, then leave plain or cover with glittery sprinkles, gently tapping off any excess. Let icing harden for several hours, or overnight.