It’s Valentine’s Day! Time to show love to that special someone in your life. Most people resort to giving flowers or cards with mushy writing.
For me, showing love is a pretty straightforward matter – I just bake these cookies. They’re pink, heart-shaped and sweet, so they’re pretty much guaranteed to get the job done.
This is just an easy vanilla sugar cookie recipe in which I simply dye the dough pink and cut out heart-shapes. As I’ve written before in my post on vanilla, you’ll want to spend a little more on a good vanilla extract (not essence) because it’s the predominant flavour. Use the seeds of an actual vanilla pod if you really want to go all out.
80g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
Red food colouring gel
225g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Makes about 3 dozen heart cookies, depending on the size of your cookies.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Line your sheet trays with baking paper.
Step 2: Cream the butter, sugar, and salt together. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix in the red food colouring gel until you achieve a shade of pink that’s darker than what you want. (Adding the flour lightens the colour.)
Step 3: Sift in the flour and baking powder and beat to combine. Divide the dough in half, clingwrap them, and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Step 4: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thick. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out your cookies. Place the cookies on the lined tray, leaving at least an inch of space between them. Bake for 12 minutes.
These cookies will be sure to surely catch the heart of anyone you’re trying hard to impress. There’s nothing like giving your heart(s) to someone you like.
And don’t forget to show love to your friends too! I bake up an especially huge batch of these cookies every Valentine’s Day just for my friends.