Biscuits, Valentines

Valentine’s Vanilla Cookies

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These Vanilla Cookies are easy to make and the dough can be frozen. The dough does not spread when cooked so are perfect for making shaped cookies using cookie cutters.

Ingredients:

  • 100 g butter at room temp ( I use unsalted)
  • 100 g castor sugar
  • 1 beaten egg (I use large)
  • 275 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g white chocolate to decorate (optional)

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 (170 fan) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Using a wooden spoon (or an electric mixer), beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
  3. Add the beaten egg, a little at a time, until all the egg is absorbed in the mixture.
  4. Stir in the vanilla essence
  5. Sieve the flour into the mixture and stir to form a soft dough. Use your hands to bring the crumbs together.
  6. Wrap in clingfilm. Leave to chill in fridge for 30 mins, this makes it easier to roll out
  7. Place dough on floured surface and roll out until it is 1cm thick, use a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place on lined tray. You can re-roll the unused dough to create more cookies.
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 mins or until light golden brown.
  9. Leave to cool for 5 minutes on baking tray after you remove them from the oven before transferring to a wire rack.
  10. Optional – melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Stir after each 30 second burst, to avoid it burning.
  11. Dip half the cookie in the melted chocolate. Shake off excess and leave to set on a greaseproof paper. Scatter on some sprinkles before chocolate sets, if you like the effect below.

 

Some @thecakemum observations/tips:

  • I often freeze half the dough in a plastic bag. I then defrost it in the fridge overnight and bake as above – a handy treat to have in the freezer
  • To make the pattern on the hearts – simply use a fork to go around the outside of the cookie before you bake them.
  • I got the heart shaped sprinkles last year in Lidl but any sprinkles would work
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters are a good investment. Mine are years old, but I saw some in TKMaxx the other day.

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