Valentines is a funny day really isn’t it? If you are single it just serves to make you dislike couple-dom even more and alerts you to more smug PDA than you normally seem to notice. And if you are in a relationship it all seems pretty pointless when you can show you care any day of the year.
Myself and GB have never really gone in for big V-day celebrations, even back when we were in the first flush of romance. Now that we’ve been together almost five years I find there are so many other occasions which easily outrank Valentines when it comes to celebration, such as anniversaries, new job congrats or just a simple Friday date night. We decided we wouldn’t bother with cards, presents or any of that bumph this year as we’re both in saving mode and frankly I’d rather spend our money elsewhere. But, seeing as the date also coincides with the start of fashion week and means me abandoning GB for the weekend to run around cobbled streets in heels, I thought it would be nice to whip up a little sweet treat that we could both enjoy before the madness ensues.
If you too are looking for a simple gesture that doesn’t break the bank, won’t take hours to make and isn’t overly smushy then I’d definitely recommend these easy cookies. Take your pick from my three versions below, I promise they are totally idiot proof to make and look super cute too.
180g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
300g plain flour
Jam/ chocolate/ icing sugar/ Nutella and/or sprinkles to decorate (or all of the above)
Creaming the Butter and Sugar…
Crack in one egg and the vanilla essence and beat well to create a gooey mix. Sieve your flour and then add to the egg mix a little at a time, blending as you go.
Kneading the dough…
At this point I find it best to chuck the wooden spoon and get stuck in with your hands. Combine the mixture into a dough bringing all of the flour together and kneading well. Seperate your dough mix into manageable chunks for rolling, wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
Once rested, take your first section of dough and roll out to a thin circle of about 2cm on a floured surface (I made mine quite thin as I wanted to sandwich them together but you can keep them thicker for single biscuits).
Using a heart shaped cutter (mine was quite small so made lots of little biscuits rather than a few bigger but you can choose your size) cut as many shapes out of the dough as possible and re-roll the leftovers to get some more. Repeat the rolling and cutting process for each of your dough bundles.
Line a couple of trays with greaseproof paper and place your heart shapes a couple of centimeters apart and place in a preheated oven at about 200C for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Once ready remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool before decorating.
Elephant in the room – yes my cookies do look like they have measles. I’d love to say it was a intentional design element but alas, it was simply the result of icing sugar not being sieved properly. I thought it would just melt in but instead it rose to the top. A happy accident I’d say.
And it’s as easy as that, you have your heart shaped cookies ready to decorate. I’ve created three different decoration ideas for you to choose from and all are really simple to do so take your pick!
These are the most simple of the three to make and look almost too cute to eat. As I mentioned above cut smaller heart holes out of an equal number of tops as you have bottoms and once cool simple dollop a bit of your favourite jam onto the bottoms and sandwich together with the tops. Dust with icing sugar and wah-la!
Top Tip – I can’t resist Bonne Maman jam as I love collecting their jars, but in hindsight this was the easiest to use as it was full of giant strawberrys. A cheap and smooth jam would probably work better.