Sunday, 13 February 2011

sweet hearts for my sweetheart

Today I have taken on the role as domestic goddess and been concocting some sweet treats within the warm haven of my kitchen, whilst watching re-runs of Colombo and drinking copious volumes of tea. I so very frequently bake cupcakes so wanted a new challenge, so decided to give these basic biscuits a whirl. They really are very simple, which means you can be more adventurous with the decorating, and have fun with different shapes and adornments.

Recipe:
175g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
250g plain flour

In a bowl or a mixer, combine together the butter and sugar until it is a smooth, creamed consistency.
Beat in the egg yolk and then the flour and work it all together until you are left with a soft ball of dough.
Cling film the dough and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 mins.

...half an hour later.

Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of cling film. Aim for a thickness of a £2 coin - any thinner and the biscuits will burn and be really crispy.
Cut out your desired shapes and place on a baking tray, lined with baking paper, and bake in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees celsius) for 15minutes.

I used these cute heart cookie cutters I found in Sainsbury's.



Keep your beady eye on the biscuits, and once they are a lovely golden-brown colour, remove them from the oven and leave to cool on a wire tray for 10 minutes or more, and then they will be ready to decorate! 

These simple biscuits are fab as you can really go to town and decorate them any way you so desire. You could half dip them in chocolate, ice them or just leave them plain. I opted for some coloured icing and metallic balls for my biscuits.

I mixed up some icing sugar and water until it was to a smooth paste and then added in my chosen colouring. I went for a pink and white combination. I took a piping bag, filled it with the icing and then decadently drizzled it all over the biscuits in diagonal lines. Gold and silver balls were then used to bejewel the biscuits.




And there we go.
Could these sweet hearts be a possible treat for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day?

39 comments:

Victoria India said...

Well i think i know how i'll be spending my afternoon tomorrow! :) xo

TheRoxyLoves said...

You are amazing :) All of your sweet treats look amazing, i'm still trying to perfect the cupcake "swirl" biscuits will be my next challenge !!

These look so good!! Thanks for the tutorial! xx

trinket box said...

Mmm, they look delish! And easy to make - bonus! x

Carly-Anne said...

these look amazing! I want one nom nom x

Marilou said...

I die! these little biscuits are so cute, thanks for the post I will definitely try to make some similar this week :) bisous

Lisa. said...

I made your rocky road and wow it was so good! I think i'll be trying these as well!!

Ebru said...

They look too cute to eat! :) I can't wait to get baking for tomorrow, you're such an inspiration Milly! Thank you for sharing :) Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Steph0188 said...

aw they look super yummy :)
xx

little rambling rose said...

mmm they look yummy! :) x x

Sammiebbz * said...

they look so cutesy! ahh im on the hunt for those cookie cutters now :) xxx

Jess said...

They look lovely - so simple yet so pretty! :)

xo

glamour rouge said...

Ah so cute! Im going to try these, thanks! I already have the heart cutters! ;)

sabrina said...

This look so yummy as always!

Henessy said...

This looks so cute & yummy too. I will definietly be trying your recipe x

FromGemWithLove said...

Thats so cool M, wish I had heart cutters!! xx

nicoletta said...

These are so so cute x

DesignerSpray said...

Mmmmm... These look sooo yummy. Love those gold & silver balls, I would happily eat a few out of the jar :P xx

Phoebe said...

They look so pretty! I need to get back into baking!

Ola said...

They look so yummy:)

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Ess-Jay24 said...

These look good! i will have to try these out sometime :)
Thanks for the tutorial :)
xx

Rebecca said...

These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing, i'm definitely going to have a go at these x

Courtney said...

Looks like i know what i'll be making tomorrow when i'm bored.. YUM! xx

Catherine said...

Wow They look so good :) I feel totally inspired now & will be spending tomorrow afternoon baking! Great recipe, thanks for sharing it with us :) x

Lauren said...

These look so cute!
I spent my afternoon making chocolate truffles for the boyf :D xx

Michelle said...

These look so nice! Quite the domestic goddess, you! Unfortunately I always fail at baking biscuits, I may leave this recipe with my Mumma though and see what she can sort out ;) xx

Lauren said...

Your baking posts are so Beautiful & inspiring. My gave genre of posts here at Pearls & Poodles :)

xox

LilyLipstick said...

These look so cute! x

Victoria said...

They look lovely.x

Kelly said...

YUM!
I love the look of those little heart shaped bad boys!
xx

Lulu B said...

These look soo yummy and cute! I would be too scared to eat them as they look so pretty! :o) xx

Lauren Ellingham said...

Mine are in the oven as we speak. I will post a picture on my blog along with a link :) x

Lauren Ellingham said...

P.s, check my latest post x

Joey said...

Oooohhh these look yummy! Thanks for the recipe. Just might try these one day.


Happy Valentine's Day!

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Beatrice said...

Yum. Will try these out... I don't have those icing skills but I'm sure mine will turn out alright lol.

Hell Notes for Beauty™ said...

really nice love how the icing gave it such an instant touch of glamour! lol lovely.

Ezzy said...

Ahhh those are lovelyy!!
My mouth's watering now :P

Sleeping_sun said...

Thank you for this fantastic recipe. I made these biscuits on my grandparent's anniversary. They like it very much.

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness, I must try to make these! :)

Nics Nutrition said...

Amazing!! I'm posting a yummy salmon dish tomorrow- cant wait to have these for after! Xx http://nicsnutrition.com

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