Happy Valentines Day!!
Did you get a card? Was it from a secret admirer? The love of your life? Or someone you’d rather not have received it from?
So far today there has been no post, no knock on the door from the florist or chocolate delivery guy, no little jewellery box found hidden in conveniently romantic spot, so…..suffice to say, I did not get a card or Valentines gift. But I’m not upset….after 27 years with the love of my life, we see the commercial side of Valentines as a small waste of cash. But that’s not to say I don’t find the giving and receiving of cards unromantic, just in my life unnecessary.
And anyway, I baked biscuits instead!! Full on melt in your mouth, jam and buttercream filled, heart shaped treats…….
Valentines Butter Biscuits
250gms Butter (that’s one whole packet)
150gms Icing Sugar
1 Egg yolk
1tspn Vanilla Essence
Jam and Buttercream to fill
Prepare 3 baking sheets by covering with greasproof paper, and preheat your oven to 160c, 140c fan or Gas Mark 4
Cream the butter and icing sugar together
Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence and mix until fully incorporated
Sift in the flour, and mix until a stiff dough is formed
Turn the dought out onto some cling film, wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
Once the dough is chilled, roll out to approx 3 – 4mm thick, and cut into what ever shapes you want. As its Valentines, I of course went for hearts!
Lay your shapes onto your baking sheets, leaving a small amount of room around each one, to allow the biscuits to spread a little.
Bake for 10 – 13 minutes, or until you biscuits are a light golden brown colour.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes, before GENTLY transfering to a wire rack to cool fully. Beware, the biscuits are incredibly soft at this point, so if you have a palette knife or cake slice, use it!
Once the biscuits are cool and have hardened up, you can spread with jam and/or buttercream and sandwich them together.