Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.
These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀
To make these wonderful pastry hearts, all you need is:
For the pastry hearts:
- 2 packages frozen pastry sheets – thawed (each package should have 2 sheets)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- Red food coloring (optional)
For the frosting:
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- ¼ unsalted butter
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- a pinch of salt
- Pink food coloring (optional)
These pastry hearts are delicious with or without the frosting, but why wouldn’t you have frosting? Each heart uses half a pastry sheet, but like sweethearts they come in pairs. 🙂
Preheat your oven to 350° and grease at least a couple of baking sheets.
To fill these sweet pastry hearts, you need to make the cinnamon filling.
Start by mixing together the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and butter until thoroughly combined.
For a completely optional step, you can add some red food coloring to the sugar mixture. This will give it a red tint. It did tint the cinnamon mixture a lovely reddish color, but I could really tell once it was baked. Maybe I needed to use more food coloring, but it doesn’t affect the flavor either way. So it’s completely up to you.
Now it’s time for pastry. If your pre-made pastry is from the freezer, make sure you let it thaw before hand.
Unfold pastry on a nice flat surface. Using a rolling pin, thin out the dough a little more. The thinner it is the easier it will be to roll and form into a heart shape. Next take a fourth of the cinnamon mixture and spread out it out in a thin layer on the sheet. This can be a little challenging but a little metal spatula is great for this. Finally starting from the top, you need to roll it into a long tube.
Next is the artist bit where you will turn your roll into a heart. Slice the tube in half lengthwise with a very sharp knife.
Set one half aside and twist the other half several times. Starting at one end begin to form the twist into a roll. When you come to the other end of the twist, pinch it in on itself and tuck the end under the rolled twist. Pinch the bottom end of the heart and gently form into a more defined heart as needed. (See pictures above)
Repeat the heart shaping steps for the other half. Then repeat the whole spreading, rolling, cutting, twisting, and shaping process until all your pastry hearts are ready to bake.
Place the hearts on greased baking sheets.
Whisking together the egg and water. Then brush the egg mixture onto the tops of all your pastry hearts. Pop them in a 350° oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let them cool a little bit on the cookies sheets before carefully transferring them to cooling racks.
While the pastries are cooling, you can whip up the cream cheese frosting.
In a medium sized bowl, mix cream cheese, softened unsalted butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and about 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Once that is thoroughly combined, add in some pink food coloring a drop at a time. Since the frosting it white it won’t take much food coloring for a vibrant valentine pink color.
Scoop the frosting into a piping game or a resealable bag with one of the bottom corners slightly cut off. Then pipe on the frosting on to the pastry hearts in whatever design you prefer. And enjoy!
These little pastry hearts are absolutely delicious and very sweet. With the cream cheese frosting, it tastes like the inside of a cinnamon roll. Because we all know that people only eat the outside bread of a cinnamon roll to get to the gooey, sweet center. It is a lovely alternative to all the heart shaped chocolates and lollipops. This is a recipe I’ll definitely make again.
While you are enjoying a wonderful evening in with your valentine, why not cuddle up on the couch together under a luxuriously soft blanket. Currently at Heartland America, we have a deliciously soft velour blanket.
With ultra plush velour, this charcoal colored blanket is fantastic for any home. It’s also machine washable so you don’t have to panic over frosting drips.You can get this cozy velour blanket in either twin, full/queen, or king size. So stay in and snuggle with the one you love.
Whether you prefer going out or staying in all cozy for Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy this delicious dessert. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Heartland America! Until next week remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.