Valentine's Day cookies

Course: cakes and bakes
Keyword: cookies, festive, Valentine's Day
Author: Emily Leary
As Valentine's Day is approaching, I thought I'd share with you this soft and sweet sugar cookie recipe, decorated ready to roll icing and confetti hearts.
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  • 110 g margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 medium free range egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • Cornflour for dusting
  • Ready to roll icing in pink white and red
  • Pink and white heart-shaped sprinkles

You'll also need:

  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter about 7-8cm at the widest part
  • Baking sheet
  • Greaseproof paper
  • A small paintbrush


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan assisted, 400F)
  • Beat the margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fully combined
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda until fully combined
  • Turn out the dough onto a very well floured board and knead only as much as it takes to get a smooth ball of dough
  • Roll out to approximately 7-8mm thick (approx 1/3 inch)
  • Cut out the heart shapes, aiming to cut them close together to reduce the need to overwork the dough by re-rolling too many times
  • Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and bake the cookies for 8 minutes or until pale golden at the edges
  • Cool on wire rack
  • In a small container, mix the icing sugar with a tbsp of water until dissolved to make a 'glue'
  • On a clean board, dusted with cornflour, roll out the icing, one colour at a time and cut out heart shapes, brush the back with the glue and fix each heart to a cookie
  • Grab a handful of the sprinkle hearts and dot the glue where you want one to go before pushing it gently into the icing. Use 8-10 per biscuit.