Yesterday, Bird and I made love heart biscuits. They were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be and look really nice, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you. We got the recipe from a book called Ready, Steady, Bake: cooking for kids and with kids, which I really recommend. It’s my favourite recipe book by far – there is so much simple, delicious stuff in there. I’ve just copied the recipe here and added my own thoughts in italics.
You will need:
- 125g Butter/Margarine
- 85g Icing Sugar
- 1 Egg
- Red food colouring (a few drops)
- Strawberry extract (A few drops)
- Vanilla extract (a few drops)
- 285g Plain Flour
- Preheat the oven to 180C (Gas 4). Line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Beat the better and icing sugar using electric beaters until creamy. Add the egg and beat. Transfer half the mixture into another bowl. Add the food colouring and strawberry extract to the first bowl, then beat well. We didn’t use the strawberry flavour because we didn’t have any, but the biscuits were still lovely.
- Add vanilla extract to the second bowl and beat well. Divide the flour between each bowl and mix. Make sure the mix is quite stiff, not sticky. Mine was sticky at first, which made the next step impossible.
- Roll the portions between sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick. Cut shapes with a heart shaped cutter. Using a smaller cutter, cut hearts form inside larger shapes. Swap inner shapes. This step should be quite easy. If you’re having trouble cutting the shapes or moving them about without them squidging (like I did!), try adding extra flour.
- Place on the trays and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
I found this quite a simple recipe to do and the biscuits were utterly delicious! We’ll definitely be making these again, and perhaps be trying out with different shapes and colours as well. Happy baking!