Recipe: Pretty heart biscuits

Love is definitely in the air with these pretty heart shaped biscuits. These little Valentine’s treats were fun for all the family to join in and make.

These beautifully light and buttery biscuits did not last long in our house! They were incredibly popular and the Junior Bakers loved that they took part in this recipe.

Ingredients:

For the biscuits:

200g butter, softened

200g caster sugar

1 medium egg, beaten

400g plain flour, sifted

For the icing:

500g icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

food colouring (of your choice)

Method:

  1. Begin with lining 2 -3 baking sheets with greaseproof paper – shiny side up.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in to a mixing bowl or food processor and mix until light and creamy.
  3. Gradually add the egg a little bit at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Add the flour a little at a time until all is incorporated. Then use your hand to bring the mixture together into a soft dough. Split the dough in two and mould each portion into a thick disc. Wrap each of these in clingfilm and put in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Roll out the dough, one portion at a time, on a floured work surface to approximately the thickness of a pound coin. Cut out the shapes using the cutters of your choice. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheets to leave some room for spreading. Chill for a further 15 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  6. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes, until they just start to turn golden brown around the edges and firm to touch. If necessary, rotate the trays in the oven halfway through baking to ensure an even bake.
  7. Once removed from the oven, leave to cool and firm up on the trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

plain-biscuits

For the icing:

  1. Mix 250g of the icing sugar with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and about 1 tablespoon of water to make a stiff icing that you can pipe. Divide your icing into as many bowls as you want colours and add the colours you want. Spoon into a piping bag – I used disposable icing bags where I just snipped of the end and decorate as you wish. I chose to experiment with few different designs.

biscuits-3

For most of my designs I first pipped the outline of my heart and then flooded/filled in the middle. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with all the different designs. It was the perfect miserable weather, lazy Sunday morning family activity.

Enjoy

Thedancingbaker x

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