Valentine hearts ❤

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🙂 its valentine day, so I couldn’t help but make these cookies. This recipe works perfectly for icing cookies, and don’t they look cute!

Prep time: 10 minutes + 1hr in the fridge, Cooking time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

for the cookie

  • 90g soft unsalted butter cubed
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

for the icing

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • red food colouring
  • water

Method:

  1. Cream the butter and the  sugar until pale and creamy, add in the e.g. and vanilla extract beat until combined
  2. add in the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just combined, add in more flour if the mixture is too sticky to be made into a ball.
  3. roll into a ball and shape into a disc shape, wrap in cling wrap and place in fridge for one hour.
  4. fifteen minutes before the mixture is ready to be removed front the fridge preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  5. When ready take out mixture from fridge, lightly flour a clean surface and roll out to around 0.5cm thickness and cut to heart shape with a heart cookie cutter
  6. bake on a tray in the oven for 8 minutes until the edges have just started to brown. Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack

for the icing

  1. mix the icing sugar with a drop of the food colouring and a teaspoon of water, add more water as required, and it is ready when the icing mixture can coat the back of a spoon without running off
  2. cover the cookie with the red icing sugar and allow to set.
  3. next add some icing sugar with water and pour into a piping bag, decorate as you wish then serve and enjoy 🙂

Chocolate chunk cookies!

I love this recipe! It is by far the best cookie recipe that I know, It gives you those fantastic cookies with the slight crunch on the outside but with that gooey filling in the middle. you seriously will be restraining your self from eating these while they cool! I came about this recipe quite perfectly due to the presence of the chunks. See I stored my chocolate chips at the top of the cabinet next to the fridge. Now idiotically enough I didn’t take into consideration that the fridge heats up! So I ended up with a bag of melted chocolate! I of course then completely forgot about the bag, and so it re-solidified but with that lovely white coating that shows you’ve been an idiot and accidentally melted the bag. I didn’t know what the hell to do with the chocolate chips until I stumbled upon this recipe and immediately fell in love with it. So before I go completely off track again here’s the recipe!

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 10-15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 160 gm melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (raw sugar will also work)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks! (chocolate chips are fine, or feel free to buy a block and chop away!)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. In a bowl ift together the flour baking powder and salt
  2. in another bowl beat together the melted butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and then add the vanilla essence and mix till just combined
  3. slowly beat in the dry mixture until just combined (do not over add, it the mixture has come together do not add any more)
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, then roll dough into 3cm diameter balls.
  5. Place on a lined baking tray and make sure you leave enough space between each ball so they don’t melt onto each other ( at least a 10cm diameter for each cookie) and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet (do not remove to a drying rack or it will disintegrate on you!

Enjoy!