What do you do when your geek roommate has shoulder surgery and can’t play video games for a few weeks? You make him Zelda Heart Cookies, that’s what. Butter heals everything.

Here is how to make them:

“Get Better” Zelda Heart Cookies
 

Ingredients
  • for the cookies:
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • to make royal icing:
  • 1 2lbs bag of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • food coloring

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. Unwrap your dough and cut out your cookies. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.
  4. To make royal icing, mix all 3 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer on low speed for a minute to combine. Then crank up to high speed and mix for 7 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F:

To shape those cookies, I created a template using Excel:

I then printed it, trimmed it and placed in on my dough and cut around it using a pairing knife:

 Bake your hearts in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.

To decorate, outline each cookie with black royal icing. I wanted a thicker outline so I used a #2 tip:

We will make 3 different kinds of hearts to mimic when you regain health in Zelda.

To make the half heart (50% health), fill the right side with white icing and the left with red:

The make the 75% health heart, fill the top right corner with white icing and the rest with red:

And finally, for full health, fill the whole cookie with red icing:

Hang in there, buddy! Only a few weeks to go and the Playstation is all yours =)