Over the years I’ve learned that Valentine’s Day is NOT a subject that you should bring up with your friends – or with anyone for that matter.
There’s just something about the V word that gets some people really worked up and mentioning it will likely spark up all kinds of debate on how ‘it’s just a stupid Hallmark holiday’, and how ‘you shouldn’t need a special date to show your love anyway’ or how ‘the whole thing is just STUPID, STUPID, STUPID! (this comment came from a recently-single friend – I should have known better than to broach that subject really).
Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. Firstly, I’m never one to pass up on a night out with my Honey and if it comes with flowers or chocolate then that’s just the cherry on top really. Secondly, it gives me an excuse to bake a pile of heart-shaped cookies without looking like a total freak but rather an ‘eternal hopeless romantic’…(hum, did you buy that by any chance?)
However, if you’re really against the idea then you can always cut these cookies into circles or other ‘inoffensive’ shapes, I promise they’ll still be delicious…
Lots of love
x Pretty Mayhem
2 cups of flour + 1/4 cup for dusting
3/4 cup of icing sugar + 1/4 cup for dusting
1 cup of unsalted butter – softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 pinch of salt
+Good quality jam (I used Plum but you can use any jam you like)
+ One 7cm diameter heart shaped cookie cutter and a 4cm diameter one.
To make the dough:
♥ Pre-heat your oven to 180 C.
♥ Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.
♥ In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (electric beaters are your friends here). Add in the vanilla essence and flour mix. Combine until the dough starts to come together.
♥ Knead gently into a ball.
♥ Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
♥ Once your dough is chilled, line a baking tray with baking paper.
♥ Roll out the dough to about 3mm thickness.
♥ Using your large cookie cutter, cut out as many heart shapes as you can (re-roll the left-over dough as you go) and put aside.
♥ Using the small cookie cutter punch ‘heart shaped windows’ onto half of the cookies.
♥ Bake for about 8-10 minutes (or until the cookies are very lightly brown). Leave to cool slightly.
♥ Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, spread jam on your full hearts (be careful not to use too much jam or it will spill on the sides) and top with your cut-out hearts.
♥ Dust with icing sugar (I cooked the mini hearts that were left from creating the ‘heart windows’ to cover the jam center but you could also ice the half-hearts before assembling the cookies).
ps. How to make ‘Valentine’s Day cake pops‘.