Wedding Favour Heart Biscuits Recipe

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A friend of mine asked me to make some biscuits to use as favours for her wedding, and these are what I made. I used white chocolate coloured in a mint shade to match her colour scheme. Sorry in advance for the bad lighting in some of the photographs. I was short on time so a lot of the work was done whilst it was dark outside. We don’t get much daylight here during the winter months when compared to the summer. So back when I made these it was dark outside when I left for work and dark outside when I come home from work.

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Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter allowed to reach room temperature
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or other flavouring of your choice
  • Gel food colouring in colour of your choice
  • 200g white chocolate
  • Decorating glimmer sugar sprinkles or other decorating sprinkles of your choice

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Method

1. Start by weighing out your sugar and adding it to a bowl.

2. Then weigh out your butter. Cut it into cubes and add to the bowl.

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3. Add your vanilla essence and cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork.

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4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl.

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5. Add a pinch of salt and fold everything together into a dough using your hands.

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6. Put the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

7. Dust your work surface with flour and remove the dough from the fridge.

8. Start to preheat your oven on gas mark 5 and grease a baking tray with butter.

9. Roll out the dough to just under 1cm thick and use a heart shaped cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.

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10. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.

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11. Carefully move the biscuits over to the baking tray, making sure that there is room for any expansion in between.

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12. I placed them in the over near the higher side of the middle of the oven for 10 mins.

13. After I turned the tray around and left them for a further 5 mins.

14. Once cooked, I removed them from the oven and carefully removed them from the tray and left to cool. Don’t worry if they seem a bit soft as they will harden as they cool.

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15. Repeat steps 9 – 15 in order to use up the remaining dough.

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16. Afterwards melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on the hob. Remove from the saucepan once melted.

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17. Immediately add a little of your gel food colouring to the melted chocolate and mix well. Use sparingly, but add more if required and mix fully.

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18.Using the back of a tea spoon, spread the melted chocolate onto one half of a diamond shaped biscuit.

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19. Then sprinkle your sprinkles over the chocolate half of the biscuit. Use a small plate to catch any excess and turn your biscuit upside down and give it a gentle shake to let the excess fall off.

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20. Repeat steps 18 – 19 for the remainder of your biscuits.

21. Gently move your biscuits into the fridge and leave them until the chocolate has set. Be careful not to let them touch each other while in the fridge. Afterwards you can transfer them into your favour wrapping/packaging. I used little clear cellophane bags with gold twist ties on top as shown below.

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Flakie Jewel Nails

For this design I started off with 2 coats of a dark green to purple duochrome shade. I wanted the base colour to have a little depth and colour to it even though I planned to use a flakie top coat over the top. I put this onto all nails.

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Next I added my flakie top coat over all nails as well. I ended up using 3 coats of this in the end to get the required density. I let this dry and then added my top coat to all nails.

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Afterwards I used 2 coats of a lilac shade. I painted a line down the middle of the nail from the base to the tip of both the thumb and ring finger nails.

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I then used a darker purple striping tape and used this to cover either side of the edges of the lilac sections I had just painted.

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I finished the design off by placing a large rhinestone in the center, and 2 smaller rhinestones on either side of this onto the nails where I had added the lilac stripe.

Bold Stripes Nails

For this design it took me ages to decide what colours I wanted to use lol.

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I started by painting the ring and thumb finger nails in 2 coats of white.

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On the little finger I painted 2 coats of a coral shade, on the middle finger I used a dark purple and on the index finger I used a green/teal shade.

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On all nails that were not white, I added a single silver rhinestone to each nail. I then used a top coat on all nails and allowed everything to dry fully.

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On the nails that I painted white, I used striping tape to mark out space for 3 stripes on each nail. I then used the colours from the other nails to paint a stripe of each colour before removing the striping tape. I then finished those nails off with another coat of top coat.

Purple Flower Nails

I had high hopes for this design, but as always I really fail when it comes to doing little flicks with thin nail art brushes. They always end up to thick no matter how hard I try.

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I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light grayish lilac shade as my background.

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On all nails except the thumb and ring finger nail, I used a very thin nail art brush and painted 2 flicks coming from the one corner in a dark purple colour. I then added 2 more flicks in a lilac shade next to them. I finished off those nails by placing a rhinestone over the corner where all the flicks originated from.

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On the remaining nails I used the same brush and dark purple shade to paint 3 round petals at the base of each nail.

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I then used the lilac shade to fill in some little lines in the base of each petal that I had made. I then finished these nails off by placing 3 rhinestones to make the centre of the flower. I think I would have liked the overall design better if I had gone for the flower design on all nails instead of just the thumb and ring fingers.

24 Carat Gold Tip Nails

I really like how this design came out. It’s very minimal yet looks very sophisticated. I think it would look great for wedding nails, and should be pretty work friendly too.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a sheer nude shade. I let this have plenty of time to dry fully.

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Next I used striping tape to tape off a straight line near the tips of each nail. I worked on one nail in full at a time.

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I then painted in the tips with a metallic shimmery fine glitter gold shade. I immediately went over this for a second coat.

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Before the gold had time to dry, I carefully removed the striping tape. I let it have a few minuted to dry before adding my top coat to reduce the risk of dragging any of the gold into the nude section.

Pretty Pink Gleaming Nails

For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a neon pink shade to make my base.

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Next I went over everything with 2 coats of Barry M’s ‘Starlet’ from their Glitterati collection.

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I really love the brightness of the pink along with the sparkle of the glitter in this shade.

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Next I took a metallic gold shade and a thin nail art brush. Starting at the tip of the nail and working towards around the middle of the nail, I painted thin lines along the width of the nail, making sure to leave a bit of a gap in between each line. I repeated this for each nail.

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I then repeated the same to fill in the gaps between the lines I had just painted. However this time I made the lines a little shorter. It did not matter whether the lines looked ‘perfect’ as it is all part of the effect.

Rainbow Flick Nails

For these nails, I first started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a white shimmery shade.

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Once this was dry I used a pastel iridescent fine multi glitter topcoat. I concentrated the placement of this more near the base of each nail.

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Next I took a thin nail art brush and 4 acrylic paints in red, purple, green and blue.

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On each nail I placed 4 little flicks coming from the same side of each nail, one in each colour.

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I placed 2 so that they pointed downwards and 2 so that they pointed upwards. This was so that they overlapped a bit at the ends of each flick.

Studs and Stripes Nails

For this design I started by taking a shimmery white shade and painting 2 coats of this on my thumb, ring and little finger nails.

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On the middle finger I painted 2 coats of a dark purple and on the index finger I painted 2 coats of a bright coral shade.

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On all fingers except the ring and thumb finger nails, I placed a diamond shaped gold coloured stud near the base half of the nail in the centre.

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On the thumb and ring finger nails I placed 4 vertical strips of striping tape on each nail. I took the purple shade and filled in 2 of the taped off sections on each thumb and one on each ring finger.

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Then, using the coral shade, I filled in 2 taped off sections on the ring fingers and 1 on each thumb. I immediately removed the striping tape and then added my top coat after giving it a bit of time to dry.

Metallic Magnetic Nails

For this design, I firstly started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a metallic goldish/bronze shade.

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Once this was fully dry, I used striping tape to tape off a section along the middle of each nail.

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To this middle section, I painted a coat of magnetic nail paint a black/grey shade to one nail.

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After waiting a few seconds I applied a second coat to this. I immediately held the magnet over this in order to create the magnetic pattern.

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I then removed the striping tape straight away before it had chance to dry. I repeated this for the remaining nails.

Shades of Blue Nails

I’ve been wanting to try a design like this for a while now, but have always put it off as I felt it would be hard to freehand neatly. However I found that it was actually quite quick and easy to pull off.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bold shimmery royal blue shade.

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Next I took a lighter blue shade that had a glittery metallic finish to it.

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I painted 2 coats of this on every nail, but rather than painting over the entire nail, I started a little bit lower down and copied the natural shape of my nail. This meant that I was left with a bit of a border around the tops and sides of each nails in the darker colour.

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I finished off the design by placing a small blue rhinestone in the top middle of each ring finger nail.