Valentine’s Day is over! Phew! On the otherhand, it’s time to be on the look out for those Valentine’s Chocolate specials 😉
Now we can talk about something else…like cookies!
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 Dough Recipe
120g unsalted butter
125ml (½cup) castor sugar
1 whole egg
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
5ml (1tsp) vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 170°C or gas mark 3, and lightly grease two oven trays.
- Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg, and mix until combined. Add the sifted flour and vanilla extract.
- Knead mixture to form a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic film and place in the fridge to rest for approximately 20 minutes.
- 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.
- Use cutters to stamp out shapes. Decorate as desired
- 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.
- 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!