Gingerbread Heart Box

Gingerbread Heart Box

Gingerbread isn't just for Christmas — you're sure to win over your Valentine with this delightful truffle-filled heart box! The thick-cut gingerbread is so tempting, they may want to eat the box before the candies inside. Fill with homemade truffles or choose a favorite purchased candy.

Makes 1 box.

Step 1

Step 1: Make Truffles

In advance, prepare truffles following recipe directions. Set aside.

Step 2

Step 2: Prepare Cookie Box

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare gingerbread dough; roll out 1/4 in. thick. Using bottom of pan as a pattern, cut out one heart each for box bottom and lid. For box sides, cut a 1 3/4 x 20 in. long strip. Spray pan with vegetable pan spray. Position one heart cookie dough in bottom of pan; press to fit. Position strip upright along sides of pan. (If strip breaks, press together and blend seams with fingers.) Prick bottom and sides with fork. Bake 13-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool in pan on cooling grid; unmold.

Step 3

Step 3: Bake Cookie Lid

Position lid heart cookie on cookie sheet. Using second largest heart cookie cutter, imprint center of cookie, pressing firmly, but not through the cookie. Bake 9-12 minutes; let cool.

Step 4

Step 4: Decorate

Outline imprint with cookie icing; let set. Warm icing to flowing consistency in warm water; fill in outline area. Position sprinkles on icing heart; let set. Fill box with truffles. Position cookie lid.

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