I can’t believe it’s that time of the year already! I swear it seems like Christmas was only yesterday. But then they do say that time flies when you’re having fun! Well, as much fun as you can have in January – the longest and most miserable month of the year haha!
Anyway! Onto the matter at hand. Everyone is looking for something new, unique and thoughtful to give to their loved one on Valentines Day and I think I’ve found a special little something for you all to have a go at.
Inspiration for this recipe was found over at the lovely Cake Time blog and here is what you will need to make upwards of 20 biscuits for that special someone in your life.
- 125g Icing Sugar
- 1 Vanilla Pod
- 250g Plain Flour
- 125g Butter, Cubed
- 1 Egg
- Red Food Colouring Gel (Or normal liquid food colouring)
- Food Processor (Can be done by hand but just takes a little longer)
- 8cm Circle Cutter (Crinkled or Plain)
- A Heart cutter than fits in the middle (approx 4.5-5cm)
Put the icing sugar into a small bowl then split the vanilla pod, remove the seeds and mix them into the icing sugar. Leave to one side. (I also left the pod in the icing sugar too until needed as I think it imparts more flavour – just remember to take them out before you add it to the food processor!!)
You could of course use 1 tsp of good quality vanilla extract instead – but add this in at the same time as the egg.
In a food processor, add the flour and cubed butter. Pulse until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. (If doing by hand, place the mixture in a bowl, get your hands in and rub the mixture between your forefingers and thumbs.)
Next, remove the vanilla pods and put the icing sugar into the food processor. Pulse to mix evenly. (Or continue to rub between forefingers and thumbs.)
Tip the dough out onto a work surface and split into two halves. Add red food colouring gel to one of the two doughs and knead until evenly distributed. Add more gel until you get the colour you want. If you are using normal liquid food colouring it will probably alter the consistency of the dough and you will therefore need to add a little more flour to make it more firm again. If this is the case, use the other dough half’s consistency as a guide.
Place the two doughs into separate pieces of cling film and flatten into discs. Place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. This will make it dramatically easier to work with later. (Remember, the larger the surface area the quicker it will chill so don’t put them into the fridge in balls!)
Then get an 8cm circle cutter and a heart cutter that fits in the middle (leaving at least a 1cm gap all the way round the inside.)
Cut out equal amounts of circles using both doughs. Then cut out hearts from the middle of each one and swap them to the alternate coloured circles (as above.) Press lightly around the heart to bind the edges together.
Note – you will need to move quite quickly as when the dough starts to warm up it becomes much more fiddly to work with. You could pop it back into the fridge for a bit if it becomes too difficult.
Then place them on baking sheets/plates and pop back into the fridge again for about an hour until the biscuits are completely chilled again. (This will stop it from spreading too much in the oven so they will hold their shape better.)
If you have any spare dough – just cut out little hearts to use it up. Waste not want not!
You may need to cook these in batches as the mix makes quite a few biscuits. I transferred mine to a larger baking sheet for cooking as they do spread slightly. This way, you can spread them out and give each biscuit more room.
Bake in the centre of the oven for about 10-12 minutes until they are lightly golden around the edges. Every oven varies slightly though so do keep an eye on them. The beauty of baking biscuits as opposed to cakes is that you can open the oven to check on them and it won’t effect the bake.
Leave on the tray to firm up for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
And there you have it! Super cute, home made, thoughtful gifts for that special someone this Valentines Day. I must admit though – they are dangerously addictive! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I hope you all have a beautifully romantic day with the one you love.
Je t’aime mon amis!