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Love Heart Biscuits

2 Reviews

  • Vegetarian

About the bake

These sweet love heart biscuits can be used as wedding favours, hen party gifts, valentines day treats or simply just to let the one you love know your feelings. Decorated with pastel shades of royal icing you can personalise each biscuit with your own message whether it be cheeky, sweet or even a marriage proposal...   Take a look at our alternative anti-Valentine's Day messages, perfect if you're single for Valentine's Day and have your friends round!

40Total Time
30Prep Time
10Bake Time
16Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Beat together the butter and sugar until the mixture is creamy, this can either be done using and electric mixer or wooden spoon. Do not over beat the mix or the cookies will spread when you cook them.

  2. Step 2:

    Add the vanilla extract and egg beating together until combined. Gradually incorporate the flour, mixing gently.  We recommend using a very low speed if using an electric mixer to avoid mess. Continue to mix until the all the flour is incorporated.

  3. Step 3:

    Collect all the dough into a ball. Cover with cling film and chill for at least an hour.

  4. Step 4:

    Knead the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to a thickness of 5mm and using the cutter of your choice, cut out the shapes and carefully transfer to the lined baking sheet. Chill for a further 30 minutes.

  5. Step 5:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas mark 4). Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. The cookies will be ready when they are a golden brown colour around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  6. Step 6:

    These cookies can be made in a range of flavours, just omit the vanilla extract and replace with the same quantity of a different flavoured extract.

  7. Step 7:

    To decorate the cookies by flooding method, make a batch of royal icing following pack instructions, to a consistency that holds it shape but is still slightly fluid. Divide the icing into small bowls and colour each using a few drops of the food colouring of your choice.

  8. Step 8:

    Spoon a little of the icing into a small piping bag. Pipe an outline of icing around the edge of the cookies. Leave to dry for a few minutes. When ready to flood the cookies. You can either use the same colour icing or a contrasting colour.

  9. Step 9:

    Add a few drops of water to the remaining icing in the bowl so it is slightly more runny. Spoon a small amount of icing in the centre and spread the icing to fill the area within the piped line. Leave the cookies to dry. Place the piping bags into a plastic bag to keep moist while the cookies dry.

  10. Step 10:

    When the icing has dried you can decorate the cookies by piping a loving message. Hold the bag and touch the starting point with the tip of the bag and slowly squeeze out the icing. As you squeeze lift the bag and move along a little away from the surface, squeeze the icing out with a constant pressure, and let the line of icing fall naturally into place as you guide it. As to come to the end, stop squeezing and drop the line, touching the finish point.

Ingredients

    • 200g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 200g Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 1 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 400g Plain white flour
  • For the decoration

    •  Food colouring (a few drops, pastel shades)
    •  Writing icing (red)
    • 450g Royal icing sugar
    • 75ml Water

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