I vote for making these above actual heart-shaped sugar cookies for the following reasons:
1. Much less sugar (and what mom won't thank you for that?!), plus-- since they're decorated with a few little candies, kids still think they're a treat.
2. Actual nutrition. I'm printing my recipe below, but you can include whatever extra healthy things you want (flaxseed meal, pumpkin seeds, etc)
3. These puppies are EASY. No dough to roll out, and moving them to the cookie sheet is not tricky (unlike delicate sugar cookie dough)
4. Less mess. Kids decorate the granola bars before they go into the oven; so you don't have to clean frosting off the chairs and ceiling.
Here's the recipe I use (adapted from this one).
Cookie Cutter Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 t. cinnamon
1 cup flour
3/4 t. salt
1/3 c. honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. canola oil
2 t. vanilla
I think we may try this for other holidays as well. I'm imagining little pumpkins or gingerbread men...any other ideas?