Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Heart Cookies

One of the best ways to celebrate any holiday is to bake! There is something magical about mixing a few simple ingredients together to make something you know is going to be enjoyed. It's a well-proven tonic that can clear your head and lighten your heart.

We thought we'd share the recipe below is for the cookies we made and gave out last Friday for Valentines Day. We were intending to make old-school conversation heart cookies, but became a bit distracted with the mini heart cutter - but there's always next year! :)

Simple, lovable sugar cookies:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp salt
Icing sugar
Food colouring

Beat the sugar with the butter, add the egg yolks and vanilla, and mix well.
Mix the salt with the cake flour and add to the egg/butter mixture.
It will form a soft dough - divide in 2, shape into rolls, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
Roll out to the thickness you like best (the thinner, the crispier), cut out large heart shapes for cookies and tiny hearts for decoration with cookie cutters.
Place on a buttered baking tray and bake at 200'C for 5-8min until the cookies start to turn golden at the edges.(Bake the mini hearts seperately because they will cook much faster).
Place on a wire rack to cool.
When the cookies are cool, and you are ready to ice, place a teaspoon of water in a bowl with a drop or two of the food colouring of your choice, add icing sugar and mix well, add more water as you mix (but only a teaspooon at a time because if your icing is too watery, your cookies won't stay crisp!).
Place mini hearts in the middle of the iced cookies before the icing starts to set.
And congratulations! You have made some very pretty heart cookies :D

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