Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentine Cookies

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and these delicious "shortbready" custard cookies are just the perfect gift for your loved ones.  And what's more they are homemade with love!

Decorated with pretty ribbons and strings, I'm sure they will bring a smile of delight to the ones who receive them ....

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine Cookies


100g butter
80g icing sugar
1 egg
220g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
30g custard powder


1) Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2) Beat butter and icing sugar till creamy.  Add in the egg and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

3) Sift in the flour, baking powder and custard powder.

4) Mix together and knead lightly into a dough. 

5) Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until about 8mm thickness.

6) Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Using a straw, poke two holes in the centre of the cookies. Place them onto the baking tray.

7) Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool on a rack.

8) Stack a few cookies on top of each other. Run a ribbon or string through one of the holes of the top cookie all the way down to the bottom cookie and then through the other hole of the bottom cookie and string it all the way up again. Tie the two loose ends of the ribbon/string into a pretty bow on top of the cookies.


If you would like to decorate your heart cookies with icing, you can try this runny icing:-

Royal Icing

1 egg white
1 tsp lemon juice
8-10 heaped Tbsp icing sugar
food colouring

1) Place the egg white in a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and one heaped Tbsp of icing sugar. Stir with a spoon (do not use an electric beater. You are mixing, not whipping the egg white). Continue adding the icing sugar spoon by spoon until you get a white icing, which should be runny, but not watery.
2) You will need 8-10 Tbsp of sugar, depending on the size of your egg white. Always have some icing sugar on the side in case you need more, and if the icing becomes too thick, add a teaspoon of water to thin it down. You can mix in food colouring of your choice.

3) Spoon the icing directly onto your cookies and use the back of the spoon to smoothen it around. Leave aside to harden.

 Homemade with love ...

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