Sacred and Immaculate Heart “Play Doh” Cookies

Don’t let the name of these cookies scare you off- these are 100% edible cookies! They just look like playdoh, and you get to play with them like you’re a little kid again. And let me tell ya- your kids are gonna LOVE making these cookies!

Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost, which is this Friday. The Feast of the Immaculate Heart always falls on the day after the Feast of the Sacred Heart (and is always on a Saturday). But the whole month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, and the month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart, so you have a big window to celebrate in! 🙂

Sacred Heart Cookie

First, you’ll need to make your dough. In my opinion, this is the least fun part. If you’re in a patient mood, allow your toddler to “help” you. 😉 Here are the ingredients. I went ahead and doubled the recipe for you to make it “big family-friendly”, which will make about 25 heart-shaped play doh cookies.

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How to Make Play-Doh Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
6 ounces of cream cheese, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
For Decorating:
gel food coloring
white sugar

Start by creaming the butter, sugar, and cream cheese. Then add the eggs and almond extract. Stir until smooth. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, and add to the butter mixture. Color as desired and roll into 2-inch balls. Cover and refrigerate for 2+ hours. When firm, shape as desired (directions below for how to make Sacred and Immaculate Heart cookies). Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with white sugar, and cook for 12-15 minutes or until cookies begin to brown on edges.

For the sacred heart cookies, I divided my dough into quarters. I made one-quarter red, one-quarter pink, split one quarter between yellow and orange, and split the last quarter to make purple, and left the last eighth white.

Edible Colored Play-Doh Balls
Begin by sticking 2 colors together. For my Sacred Heart cookies I used red and orange, and for my Immaculate Heart cookies I used red and pink.
Edible Play-Doh

Roll this into a long coil. My dough did crack when I was doing this. You can stick it back together if it brakes. I found it was best to start in the middle and roll towards the edges. It also seemed to work better if we rolled using our finger tips rather than the entire palm of our hands.

Edible Play-Doh Roll
Then roll the coil into a spiral circle.
Edible Play-Doh Roll Spiral
Use the end of a butter knife to dent a top in for the heart shape, and then pinch the bottom of the cookie to complete the heart.
Edible Play-Doh Roll Spiral
Here are the pieces I used to put together Immaculate Heart Cookies.
(The Immaculate Heart of Mary has flames coming out of the
top and is surrounded by roses).
Immaculate Heart Cookie Parts
Just assemble like so…
Immaculate Heart Cookie
Here are the needed pieces for the Sacred Heart Cookies.
(The Sacred Heart of Jesus also has flames coming out
of the top, but it is surrounded by a crown of thorns).
Sacred Heart Cookie Parts
And here is how you assemble the Sacred Heart cookies…
Sacred Heart Cookie

You can shape the flames by making the dough into a ball, and then pinching the end to a point. Wrap an orange coil around the yellow shape to complete the flame.

Edible Play-Doh Flame

I found that the crown of thorns and roses stuck just fine, but the flames will fall off after the cookies are baked if you don’t stick them on really well.

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Edible Play-Doh Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies
Before you bake them, sprinkle the tops with sugar. This makes them a little sparkly, plus it makes them super yummy to eat. 🙂
Edible Play-Doh Sacred Heart Cookie
Here are the finished cookies! I think they would be
the perfect cookies for a Catholic bake sale!
Edible Play-Doh Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies
The completed plate of cookies!
Edible Play-Doh Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies
And what isn’t cuter on a stick?
Edible Play-Doh Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies

Lolipop cookies are just adorable!

Edible Play-Doh Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies

In true Lacy fashion, I burned some. Pretend not to notice, K? lol

Edible Play-Doh Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cookies


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary,pray for us.

Edible Play-Doh Immaculate Heart Cookie

You can find all of my Sacred and Immaculate Heart resources for kids here.

Sacred Heart Ideas for Kids

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and you can find my other resources for celebrating June feast days with kids here. 
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and you can find my other resources for celebrating August feast days with kids here.
August Feast Day Resources

Also, check out my at-home VBS program with a Sacred and Immaculate Heart theme. So fun!

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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!


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  2. Carolene Brooke says

    Lacy, You are so talented! These cookies are beautiful! You make my heart happy with all your beautiful crafts. 🙂

  3. Made these tonight for the feast of the Immculate Heart of Mary tomorrow! They turned out beautiful and tasted great also! (I even used 1/2 c. Less of sugar but did sprinkle sugar on top & they were perfect).