Easy Valentine heart biscuits

Recipe – A gorgeous gift for the one you love

 

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching – it’s time to show the one you love, just how much! Of course you do that every day of the year, but it’s nice to have a focus. With this gorgeous recipe, the only problem will be deciding who you love more – your other half or the biscuits!

Our regular cakey blogger, Alice, from Alice’s Vintage Pantry has put together another quick, easy and delicious recipe for us today so that we can say I LOVE YOU in the sweetest way!

 

Over to you Alice ……

Alice's Vintage Pantry

 

Valentine’s day – a day on which we step-up the romantic gestures, tell our loved ones we love them them and spend a little more time with them.

It sounds great in theory. The reality in our house is that we are surrounded by children all our waking hours, busy trying to get through household tasks, go to work and run a business

 

It doesn’t leave much time for anything else.

I’m also always a bit stumped as to what to give as a gift. Not one for commercialism and pressies for the sake of it, I have decided I should bake for my other half (and the kids!).

Predictable maybe, but something I have spent time on (rather than money), will mean more to my family. So I’ve come up with a simple way to make some pretty looking biscuits, they don’t cost much and are pretty easy to do (you could even make them with children). They also store well in an airtight container, with baking to do for other peoples valentines gifts, this is a godsend for me!

So here is what you need….

 

Ingredients

 

To make the biscuits

  • 125g plain flour
  • 30g corn flour
  • 90g butter
  • 45g icing sugar
  • Egg yolk
  • Heart shape cutters (round cutter – optional)

 

For the decoration

  • Ready made fondant icing in any colour you like
  • Edible sparkle or edible silver balls (optional)

 

 

Method

 

Pre-heat the oven to 180c.

Sieve flour and corn flour together, rub in butter and add icing sugar.

Bind the ingredients together with the egg yolk and a tiny bit of water.

Roll out to around 5mm depth and cut out your biscuits (using your heart shape cutter).

 

Heart shaped cookie cutters

 

Heart shaped biscuits or cookies

 

Place them on a lined baking tray and bake for 7-8 minutes. Leave the biscuits on a cooling wire until cold.

 

Heart shaped biscuits or cookies

 

 

Decoration

 

Roll out your fondant icing and cut out hearts in a variety of sizes to layer on to your biscuits.

Use a small amount of jam to get your icing to stick.

Here are some photos of the ones I decorated (with my four year old). You could also sprinkle some edible sparkle on top.

 

Heart shaped iced biscuits or cookies

 

Either put them in a tin or stack them and tie with ribbon – job done!

Was that a bit too easy??

I’m starting to wonder if the romantic gesture would work better if they took longer to make!!

Ah well, perhaps I better get planning a 3-course meal too!

 

Competition time

 

Heat shaped cookie cutters

 

We’ve got a set of heart shaped cookie cutters to give away to one lucky reader – so you can have a go at making Valentine cookies yourself.

All we want to know is what’s the best or worst Valentine present you’ve ever received ?

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

So don’t be shy – whether it’s plastic carnations or an Aston Martin, we’d love to know?

Happy Valentines

 

Alice xx

 

Photographs: Alice’s Vintage Pantry, Alison Staples

 

 

Other articles by Alice ……

The perfect Tiramisu recipe

Keeping Christmas cakes simple

Blueberry cheesecake cupcakes

Sticky toffee cupcake with salted caramel cream

Chocolate & chilli cupcake recipe

Introducing National Cupcake Week – top tips for baking the perfect cupcake

Creating the perfect vintage afternoon tea

Bake the perfect sponge cake

How to pack a healthy lunch box

Auntie Eva’s Parkin recipe

Keeping Christmas cakes simple

Mini strawberry shortcake recipe

 

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 10th February 2014.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 10th February 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

Cocktails & Dreams – win a cocktail making masterclass at Lock 91 (29th August 2013). Winner Nicola Robinson.

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft Show – win tickets (1st September 2013). Winners Claire Jackson, Pauline Rendell, Joanna Arthur, Fran Morgan, Liz Ferguson, Michelle Smith, Dil Price, Pam Gregory, Linda Weatherley.

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th Novemberr 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

 

 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winner is Donna Lawton.

 

 

 

 

 

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101 thoughts on “Easy Valentine heart biscuits

  1. The worst gift ive ever had was from a ex boyfriend who got me a watch, not just one watch though two watches!!! They were plastic horrible ones and aparently were buy one get one free!!! Shocking hehe xx

  2. Chocolates, which let’s face it may be a tad unoriginal, but are, nevertheless always welcome. However not when pinched by the dog (highly poisonous to dogs) and necessitated running around the muddy garden chasing said pooch to retrieve, the now inedible chocolates!

  3. my ex didn’t buy me anything but just stood in the doorway with his hands down his pants saying ‘look what I got for you baby’

  4. A single Red Rose is a Romantic gesture. That is what I have received on most occasions. A lovely meal out is a delight :- and I would say the best gift I have received on Valentine’s Day.

  5. My worst present was roses chocolates with all the strawberry ones missing .. and the empty wrappers put back in the box .. very tidy!

  6. The worst present was a teddy in a balloon which doesn’t sound too bad but after getting the same thing 4 years in a row……..

  7. Scrabble Dictionary was THE worst present you could get at any time, let alone Valentines Day, I didn’t even have the board game! He very quickly became my ex!

  8. Last year my husband brought me an enormous packet of bacon – though I can’t decide if this is the best or worst valentine…

  9. A heart shaped box with the words from Navina’s song heart-shaped box. The words are not romantic but my then boyfriend (now husband) knew how much I liked music and the song.

  10. I once received 2 books that I already owned and he could scarcely have missed knowing as they took pride of place in my bookcase!

  11. My hubby doesn’t do Valentine’s Day so I guess the worst gift is thin air. That would mean my best gift was thin air too! Lol

    If I win then I will make some heart shaped cookies as a Valentine gift for….ME! :-D x

    P.S If this posted twice then I apologise. After hitting “post comment” last time, Igot a blackk screen.

  12. The worst was when i was a teenager and received a teddy bear that looked like it had fallen from the front of a lorry!!

  13. Not sure now if it was the best or worst present, I received a marriage proposal on valentines day from my now ex husband!

  14. My best and worst gift are the same – My ex boyfriend bought me a gorgeous ring for our first christmas together…2 years later when we split up he asked for it back :o!

  15. I’m really not a fan of Valentine’s day so don’t do presents, but for our first year together my hubby sent in a soppy letter to our local radio station and they phoned me at work to read it out to me live on air. Very sweet but super embarrassing too!

  16. My best was that my boyfriend proposed to me 15 years ago this year on a gorgeous romantic meal out at our favourite Italian restaurant – this year we will celebrate our 14thwedding anniversary x

  17. The best Valentine’s Day present I have ever received, was last year. We found out we were expecting our beautiful baby girl last Valentine’s Day x

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