Baking… It’s like you give a little piece of your heart when you make someone homemade cookies, right? With these adorable (and easy to make) Gummy Bear Filled Heart Cookies, your love really shows! They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or any day you’re baking for someone you love.
How to Make These Super Easy Gummy Bear Filled Heart Cookies
Looking for a cookie that makes a big impression, but isn’t hard to make? These gummy bear filled heart cookies totally are it! One of the things I love the most about these cookies is that they’re SUPER EASY! You get to cheat with a little store-bought sugar cookie mix then add the homemade goodness with butter and egg. Then add some gummy bears you’re ready to send your love to someone.
To make the cookies, preheat your oven and let your butter and egg come to room temperature. Then follow the instructions on the pack (which generally includes creaming your butter and egg first, then adding the dry ingredients).
Then form your gummy bear filled heart cookies into one tablespoon sized balls and smoosh gently with your hands onto a parchment covered cookie sheet. Be sure to leave at least two inches spacing between cookies.
Now, press some homemade love into the cookie by gently pressing down with your index or pinky finger into the center of each heart cookie, forming a “v” or heart shape. These cookies turn out better if you can create a fairly deep indent by going back and pressing down with the tip of your finger, but be careful not to push too far through the bottom of the cookie.
Your next job is to pick all the red gummy bears out of the pack. And maybe eat a few of the green ones along the way. I mean you don’t want to let them go to waste, right? Each cookie just needs one gummy bear, so cut them all in half longways. Kitchen shears make quick work of this vs. a knife. You can also give you shears or knife a quick spray with cooking spray so they don’t stick.
After you’ve cut your gummy bears, Now it’s time to place them on the cookie in a v shape. If you’re loved one’s name starts with a V like my daughter, they’ll be extra excited about this step :)
Pop them in the oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies are a light brown color and the gummy bears have melted. Cookies done but parts of the gummy bears not fully melted? Don’t worry, you can swirl the hot gummy bear with a toothpick to spread out the gummy goodness.
Aren’t these gummy bear filled heart cookies gorgeous!! I love their sweet red hearts ❤️❤️❤️
If you’re nerdy like me and want to add a little science spin to this recipe, you can talk about states of matter and how the gummy goes from solid at room temperature, melts in the oven, and back to room temperature (but in a different shape!) when it cools after baking.
More Cookies on My Cookie Brain
So it turns out I always wanted to make this blog a STEM and cookies blog :) So I have a few favorite recipes for you! Be sure to check out my favorites:
- Foolproof Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing (I turned these into edible tangrams!)
- Snowy Orange Crinkle Cookies (They’re so pretty on a cookie tray!)
- M&M Cookie Bars (These stack into fun towers!)
More Valentine Fun for Families
After you finish up your baking, how about adding some fun art and science activities to the mix!
Spin Art Hearts – Kids LOVE spin art! It’s so fun to watch the paint transform after a spin in a salad spinner. Try these heart versions for a sweet Valentine or ornament.
25 Valentine Process Art Projects – I’m a firm believer in process art where the project is more about enjoying the journey than the destination. Here are 25 ways to add that joy to Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Day Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math Fun for KidsLooking for ways to show your love for STEAM? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Kids Valentine's Day! It’s packed with 14 heart-inspired activities that will wow the boredom right out of your kids.
Super Easy Gummy Bear Filled Heart Cookies
- 1 package sugar cookie mix + ingredients listed on the box to make it
- ~25 red gummy bears (1 per cookie plus an extra or two)
If making with Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix (like I did)
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare the sugar cookie mix as directed on the package.
- Form the sugar cookie batter into small balls with a tablespoon of the batter, and slightly flatten.
- Place the formed cookies into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Cut the red gummy bears in half lengthwise. You will need one gummy bear for each cookie.
- Gently press down with your index or pinky finger into the center of each cookie, forming a “v” or heart shape. These cookies turn out better if you can create a fairly deep indent by going back and pressing down with the tip of your finger, but be careful not to push too far through the bottom of the cookie.
- Place one half of the red gummy bear into each of the two sections of the heart shape on each cookie.
- Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes until they are lightly browned, cooked through, and the gummy bears have melted in the center.
- If your gummy bears are not completely melted, you can take a toothpick, and swirl them around to finish melting them and distribute the gummy candy around the heart shape on each cookie.
- Let the cookies cool completely on wire racks and serve.