i saw these super cute little sugar cubes the other day while perusing pinterest for some blog material inspiration. i looked up a ton of recipes and different ways to make them, and then combined them to make my own recipe. i hope you enjoy these adorable little things as much as i do!
you only need three ingredients for this super simple recipe. you’ll need 1/4 a cup of granulated white sugar, 1/2 a teaspoon of water, and 1-2 drops of food coloring (in any color). easy right? you’ll also need a small bowl, a teaspoon, a small heart-shaped cookie cutter or candy/chocolate mold, a microwave, and a microwave safe plate.
to get started, measure your sugar out and put it in a bowl. then, add the water a little at a time, stirring each time you add more. the sugar should be a bit grainier than sand (as shown below) when you’re done adding the water. in my opinion, it looks very similar to shaved ice.
after you have added all the water to the sugar, and mixed it very well, it’s time to add the food coloring. this step is completely subjective. if you want to leave your hearts white, then you won’t need any food coloring and can skip this step. however, if you do want them colored, then the color is completely up to you. mix the coloring in one drop at a time until you have achieved the desire shade of the color of your choice. i used one drop of red coloring to create the shade of pink shown below.
this step can get a little messy. after you have completely mixed in the food coloring, it’s time to shape the hearts. if you’re using a cookie cutter, you will need to trace the cookie cutter on a piece of cardboard or cardstock and cut out a heart slightly smaller than the cookie cutter. this will allow you to press the sugar down into the cookie cutter, so that it will hold its shape. if you are using a mold, then you can just press the sugar down with your finger to pack it into the mold. when using a cookie cutter, be sure to press the cardboard/cardstock heart down with your finger or teaspoon as you lift up the cutter. otherwise, the heart will fall apart. don’t get frustrated if it takes you a couple of tries to do this step. i crushed a couple of them myself before i finally got the hang of it.
once you finally get your hearts molded, pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. some of them may not be hardened when you remove the plate. if this is the case, then take off the hardened ones and place them on a separate plate for cooling, and put the others back in the microwave for another 10 seconds. repeat this until they are all completely hardened, then allow them to cool for about five minutes.
after the hearts have cooled, you can store them, eat them, or serve them. i put mine in my sugar bowl next to my teapot so they’ll be ready next time i serve tea. each heart is the equivalent to about one to two spoons of sugar, so they can be used as is for coffee or tea. these are a perfect way to add a little extra flair at a party or dinner! i’ll definitely be using them for every single occasion.