These biscuits were what me and my husband made together for fun for Valentine’s Day last year. I wasn’t really planning on making a blog post out of them at the time and so I didn’t really take many good quality photos of the decorating stages. Plus we decorated them at night which meant the lighting was bad in any photographs I took of the finished biscuits. However as Valentines Day is coming up again I decided to share them with you to help give people some inspiration. You can decorate these biscuits in any way you like, and the possibilities are endless. For ours we used rolled out icing in different colours, added some writing icing and a few random cake decorating sprinkles.
- 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 colours of your choice. We used lilac, green and a small amount of red to make pink
- Medium sized packet of white roll out icing (a 500g packet should be more than enough)
- Various coloured tubes of writing icing. We used some glitter writing icing tubes from our local supermarket
- Various baking decorations and other decorating sprinkles of your choice
- Icing sugar (for dusting only)
For the Biscuits:
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.
3. Add your vanilla essence and cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork.
4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl.
5. Add a pinch of salt and fold everything together into a dough using your hands.
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.
10. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.
11. Carefully move the biscuits over to the baking tray, making sure that there is room for any expansion in between.
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.
15. Repeat steps 9 – 15 in order to use up the remaining dough.
For the Decoration:
1. We started by taking sections of the roll out icing and kneading it to get it pliable. Then we used a little gel food colouring and kneaded this into the icing fully to colour it to the colours of our choice. This was repeated with the other colours so we was left with different sized balls of different coloured icing.
2. Next dust your work surface with some icing sugar and roll out one of your balls of icing into a layer that is a few mm thick. Use the same heart cutter you used for the biscuits to cut out heart shapes. Repeat this with the other colours until you have one heart of icing per biscuit. My husband made a few multicolored icing hearts by placing a few blobs of different coloured icing next to each other and then rolling them out. He also made a marbled effect for some by kneading a few colours together very briefly so that they were mixed together, but not enough for the colours to blend together.
3. Place the icing hearts onto your biscuits. You might need to use a tiny bit of water on the back of the icing to get it to stick to the biscuit. Alternatively you could use some of your writing icing as if it were glue. As the biscuits expand in the oven, there will be a nice border of biscuit showing around the icing. For some biscuits we did not cover them with an entire heart of icing. Instead we cut the icing hearts in different ways to cover only certain parts of the biscuits.
4. All that is left to do now is to decorate on top of the icing on your biscuits in any which way you like. The possibilities are endless so just have fun! The below list is a few ideas of different things that we did to ours.
- We used writing icing to draw lines and patterns on our biscuits.
- We used writing icing like glue to stick many different sugar decorations onto our biscuits.
- We used the roll out icing in different colours to make and mold different shapes such as flowers and leaves.
- We used a table knife to make indent lines in the icing to make a quilted like effect.