Love is in the air…
And nothing says I Love You quite like a sweet sugar cookie, especially when it has been made by you ♥♥♥
Valentines cookies are easy to make with a few basic ingredients
This Recipe makes around 24 large cookies
You will need:
- Large baking tray lined with baking paper
- Cutters of your choice
- Piping bags and No3 piping tip
- Preheated oven 180º or 170º fan assisted
- 100g Caster sugar
- 50g Icing sugar
- 150g room temperature unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 300g plain flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
- Royal icing 500g
- Food colours
- Add the egg, sugar (both) and vanilla to a bowl and beat until pale yellow and smooth. Use a paddle attachment on your mixer for this or wooden spoon in a bowl.
- Add the butter and most of the flour (replace 2 tbsp of flour with cocoa powder if you want chocolate cookies) and mix until it comes away from the bowl adding more flour a spoonful at a time if necessary.
- Wrap well in cling film and chill for an hour, then knead the dough on a floured surface and roll out to a thickness of appx 5mm.
- Transfer to cookies to a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 12mins or until they turn a light golden colour.
- While they cool, make your royal icing following the instructions on the pack using the paddle attachment on your mixer. Your icing should be soft peak, this means that when you lift the spoon/paddle out of the icing the top of the peaks should fall over. Divide the soft peak royal icing into bowls to colour, I just went for pink and red and used Magic Colours Magic Red and Bazooka Pink (my favourite pink of all time) just add a drop to each bowl!
- Using a No.3 tip pipe around the edge of each cookie. If you wish to write on your cookie save a little soft peak icing, and thin the rest down with water a drop at a time to a honey consistency and use this to flood the piped cookies. Use a scribe or cocktail stick to gently move the icing into position with a small circular motion
- You can now add contrasting drops to make hearts in the wet icing or dip into coloured sugar for sparkle Watch our video on how to make coloured sugar here
- Or wait until the icing has set (ideally overnight) and decorate with piped words and Gold food paint, or simple dot pattern.