Hi Au Pairs!
Valentine’s Day is near.
And as you know, any excuse is good to put on a delicious and original dessert.
I don’t like too much celebrate this kind of days, and less like Au Pair in Ireland with kids hahaha
But when I went to the supermarket and I saw they had heart shaped cookie pans…
I couldn’t resist!
So here you have:
Valentine cookies recipe
Actually this is the typical recipe of butter biscuits to which I added the decoration to give a more fun and consistent with the day.
If you want, you can add another type of decorations.
The variety is fun! 😉
– INGREDIENTS for Valentine cookies recipe –
For the butter biscuits:
- 100 gr butter (softened)
- 200 gr sugar
- 2 eggs
- 350 gr flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (optional)
- Orange or lemon zest (optional)
For the Valentine decoration:
- Red or pink fondant (you can choose any other colour)
- Heart-shaped sprinkles or coloured pearls
As you can see, some of the ingredients are optional, depending on the flavour you want to give or the decoration you’ll find.
I love cookies with orange or lemon zest, but you can choose!
– UTENSILS for Valentine cookies recipe –
- Large bowl
- Small bowl
- Whisk or spatula
- Small strainer
- HEART-SHAPED pans or moulds
– STEP BY STEP to bake Valentine cookies –
- Everybody wash your hands and put on an apron.
And ready to start!
- Add butter (softened) to the large bowl with the sugar and stir until it is well mixed.
- Once we have the mixture, add the 2 eggs and continue stirring until there are no lumps and there is a light dough.
- Add vanilla essence as well.
- In the small bowl, put the flour and baking powder and mix with a spoon.
- Then, add the mixture of flour and baking powder to the large bowl sifting with the strainer.
- Stir until the dough is compact and well integrated without lumps.
- Once we have the dough of the butter biscuits, wrap it in transparent film paper and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
If you see that the dough is very large or you don’t want to make so many cookies, you can divide into 2 parts and wrap it separately.
- Remove the dough from the fridge, and stretch it with the help of the roller on a table or countertop, where we have previously scattered flour so that it doesn’t stick.
This part is what children like most and where they will want to help you.
- Once the dough is well stretched, without being too thin, we carefully put the moulds on top to make the heart shapes.
- Preheat the oven to 180 º.
- We place on the tray covered with vegetable paper our Valentine cookies.
With the excess of dough, you can make another ball, stretch it and take advantage of it to make more hearts.
- Bake for 15 minutes until the cookies are golden brown without excessive toasting.
Once we have them, we let them cool down.
For decoration, the cookies should be cooled.
- We work the fondant dough following the instructions. Normally you have to make a ball and go shaping it until it isn’t so stiff.
- Once we have the dough ready, we stretch it with the roller.
- We return to make shapes with the mould of heart.
- Take out the shapes carefully and put them on top of the biscuits by one side, squeezing slowly on the edges to stick.
- Once we have all the biscuits with your fondant, we can decorate them with sprinkles.
As children prefer 😉
And that’s it.
Easy, doesn’t it?
The best thing is that you can reuse the recipe of butter biscuits for other events.
Also, as I told you on the yogurt cake recipe, children can take it to school because it hasn’t got chocolate.
You can read it again here.
And finally enjoy the Valentine cookies you baked with so much love!