Love is Sweet
Most people won’t buy in to valentines day as they see it as a commercial exploitation. I agree that love shouldn’t just be saved for one day a year and that little love notes, flowers and affection SHOULD be thrown around willy nilly (sorry I love those words) as its what everyone wants, needs and lives for.
As a teenager I never received a valentines card or single red rose, I never had secret admirers or even a little caramel heart chocolate that I always longed for (can you hear the violins?) and because of this I make… yes make my husband celebrate this day of love with as much excitement and effort as a birthday or any other special occasion.
Show the one you love just how much you care by presenting them with this cute little heart cookie with a hidden message inside. Be funny, be romantic or even a little risqué 😉
Heart Biscuit Recipe
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
Seeds of 1 vanilla pod/ 1 tbsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
Prepare the vanilla cookie dough by lining 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Place the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl and cream together. Do not overwork the mixture, or the cookies will spread during baking. Beat the egg in a jug and slowly add to the butter mixture, whisking until well incorporated. Sift in the flour and mix until just combined. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and prepare your cookies, rollout the cookie dough until about 4-5cm thick. Use a heart cutter to cut out the cookies.
Chill again for about 30 minutes, or until cool and firm. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 175°C/Gas mark 3. Bake the cookies for 6–10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
Melt some good quality white chocolate and colour it red or pink food colour dust ( you may need a fair bit of dust for a vibrant colour)
Lay one heart biscuit on a wire rack, using either paper or edible wafer paper write your secret note and trim it down so it isn’t any long then the widest part of the heart.
lay the not in the centre of the biscuit and then lay another heart biscuit on top of the note ensuring that the two hearts are lined up.
Pour the red or pink white chocolate over the top of the heart biscuits allowing any excess to drip off of the edges. repeat with all the other biscuits.
To finish, decorate with some little gold stars.
If the time is right why not use your message cookie as a proposal…. “will you be my boyfriend”, “move in with me”, “lets make a baby” or even ” Marry me?”
What ever your feeling about valentines day, weather it be positive 0r negative, tell the people you care about that you love them every opportunity you get.
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