Valentine’s Day is over!  Phew!  On the otherhand, it’s time to be on the look out for those Valentine’s Chocolate specials 😉

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Now we can talk about something else…like cookies!

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Baking the cookies was inspired by a set of heart shaped cookie cutters I got from a Goodhousekeeping goodie bag a couple of years ago.  Recently, I saw it in my kitchen drawer and as Valentine’s day was approaching I decided to put them to good use.  My niece loves cookies and so does my neighbour’s kids.  The cookie cutter comes with a dough as well as icing a recipe on the packaging, I went with the dough recipe and the results were not too sweet but tasty.

 

Cookie 2

 

Cookie Dough Recipe

 

120g unsalted butter

125ml (½cup) castor sugar

1 whole egg

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

5ml (1tsp) vanilla extract

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C or gas mark 3, and lightly grease two oven trays.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, and mix until combined. Add the sifted flour and vanilla extract.
  4. Knead mixture to form a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic film and place in the fridge to rest for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough evenly on a clean, lightly floured surface until it is 4-5mm thick. Tip:  It is easier to roll a small portion of dough at one time, simply cut your dough in two, and roll one half at a time.
  6. Use cutters to stamp out shapes. Decorate as desired
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from tray and allow to cool down on a rack.  Note:  the cookies will be crumbly while hot, they become firm after cooking down.

Cookie 1

Thuli’s Tip: 

  • Decorate the cookies according to your preference. I’ve brushed the dough with rose syrup then sprinkled it with coloured sugar.
  • If that’s not your thing then use the baking decorations from Nicolleta.
  • Another alternative would be to melt chocolate and dip the bottoms of the cookie in it.  Enjoy!

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