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Super Easy Valentines Cookies

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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.

What you’ll need…


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225g butter
180g icing sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
300g plain flour

Jam/ chocolate/ icing sugar/ Nutella and/or sprinkles to decorate (or all of the above)

To make the Cookies…

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Creaming the Butter and Sugar…
Sieve your icing sugar into a large bowl and then add your butter dicing into small cubes in the bowl. Using a wooden spoon and a bit of elbow grease (or a KitchenAid mixer if you have one – well jel!) beat the two together into a creamy mixture.
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Combining…
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.

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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.
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Rolling…
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).

Top Tip – when rolling, don’t keep rolling on the same side. After one roll, flip over and change direction. This will keep the dough even and stop it sticking to the worktop.

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Cutting…
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.
Please note – If you want to make the Jammy Dodger cookies as I made below you will need to cut a smaller heart out of the ‘tops’ of your cookies. If you don’t have a small cutter then you can cut them out with a knife like me. Painstaking and annoying but works the same way. Make sure you create the same amount of bottoms as tops so they all fit together nicely.

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Baking…
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.
Top Tip They can turn from golden to a fake tan job gone wrong really fast so keep an eye on them.

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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!

The Jammie Dodgers…
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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.

The Chocolate dipped Sparklers…

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These ones take a little more too-ing and fro-ing but are worth it as they taste and look delicious! Melt some chocolate in a bowl and dunk your heart cookies into the melted mixture, covering one side with chocolate. Place onto a tray lined with greaseproof and sprinkle alternate lines with sparkle of your choice then refridgerate for about 5 mins until the chocolate hardens. Once set, spread a little Nutella on either side and sandwich together.
Top Tip – To keep things even, alternate which side you dunk so that when you sandwich them together the chocolate is on the same edge.

The Drizzled Ladybirds…

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The most love-erly of them all, these icing topped numbers definitely say Valentines. For these you need to buy some regal set icing. You can either buy white and dye with some food colouring or, if you are lazy like me just buy ready made red. Roll out into a thin circle and use the same heart cutter, or a smaller one to create your icing hearts. Using a little normal icing, dot a couple of bits on each heart as glue and stick on your tops. Then using the plain icing (or Nutella again if you prefer) sandwich the tops and bottoms together. Drizzle with the remaining white icing and hurrah!
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So there you are three simple ideas for Valentines, all of which are sure to put a smile on the face of your other half (and if not then definitely on yourself).
Which design is your favourite? Let me know if you try them and Happy Valentines Day!
BB
xxx

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