Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Random Recipe Challenge: Heart Shaped Cookies

This month's Random Recipe challange from Dom at Belleau Kitchen is baking. Now I don't have many baking books (about 4) so I piled them up, closed my eyes and prodded my finger onto a random book. I then flicked through and landed at these: Valentine's Day Cookies.
Cuppa, anyone?

I think I was given the Colossal Cookie Cookbook one birthday, years ago - and at first I made loads of recipes from it. But for some reason I've let it now fall by the wayside. Having rediscovered it for this challenge though, I can't stop flicking through - it's given me so many new ideas.


But first, I had to make the heart cookies. It looked a bit daunting at first, wondering how they get that two-tone effect - and then I realised it's just done by cutting a smaller heart from the middle of a larger one and pressing it into the centre of a different coloured heart. Easy, really.

Check out how flaky these cookies are - yum!

And they were great. I made them at about 7pm when the girls were starting to get ready for bed. They were done in a matter of minutes - the longest part was chilling the dough (30 minutes), which I didn't really have anything to do with. You roll them out, cut out the hearts and then rearrange the colours for the effect. A quick sprinkling of sugar and then they're baked for 15 minutes. Great stuff.

And they were flaky, buttery and crumbly. Next time I'd probably add some vanilla for a different flavour but they were great as they are. I'm going to remember this technique for stars at Christmas as well as heart biscuits for Valentine's Day. Watch this space!





8 comments:

  1. they're so delightful!... and you're so right, they look like they'd be quite daunting to make but are actually quite simple... I think i'll serve these to people as they come into the party... just to whet their appetite for what's to come!... thank so much for taking part and celebrating with me! x

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  2. Flaky, buttery and crumbly - that's the perfect cookie, I'd say.

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    1. Thanks Phil, I loved them - really crumbly, perfect with a cuppa :)

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  3. These look really pretty and would be great for Valentines Day. GG

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    1. They would - they were easier than I thought they would be too, which is always a bonus!

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  4. I DO love pretty little cookies! I love puttering around with rolling and cutting and constructing them! Yours are perfect for that occasion when you just want folks to know that you love them! So sweet!

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    1. Thank you Susan - all that rolling and cutting and rearranging is actually quite therapeutic :) Glad you liked them.

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