Valentines Day biscuits

If you’ve read my recent Valentines Day post you will notice that I am VERY aware of the impending day for declarations of love/lust…most of which will be forced upon via a Facebook status. Referring once again to my previous post, Valentines Day isn’t just about showing your partner but showing your pals that you love them too – so this ones for them.

When the lovely lot at Biscuiteers sent me this Galentines Day biscuit card it reminded me just how frickin amazing their biscuits are so I raided my never-ending cookery book shelf and dug out their Vanilla biscuit recipe to make some sassy V Day biscuits. This is the exact same recipe I used not long ago when I had to fulfill an order of 450 biscuits (it was hell, before you even ask) but the biscuits were very well received. Hurrah!

You can create the letters by buying one of these letter presses from Lakeland or Amazon. 

TIPS: The pink food gel can stain your hands slightly, so unless you scrub them straight away after using I would recommend gloves. The icing can stick to the biscuit on its own but you can also add a very small amount of jam or buttercream (brushing with a pastry brush).

Ingredients (makes 24-30 biscuits – allow 2 hours for prep, baking and decoration):

For the biscuits –

  • 350g Homepride plain flour
  • 100g Homepride self-raising flour
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 125g salted butter softened, diced
  • 4 tbsps golden syrup
  • 2 tspof vanilla bean paste
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten with the above quantity of vanilla

For the icing-

  • 500g White Ready Roll icing
  • Pink food gel (one to two drops)
  • Optional – Raspberry jam – enough to brush a very thin layer on each biscuit

Method:

  1. Sift the flours together into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and mix well. Add the butter and then using just the tips of your fingers, rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. When all the butter is evenly mixed in, make a well in the centre and add the syrup along with the vanilla/egg mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon, drawing in any of the flour left at the side of the bowl and stop as soon as a ball has formed – use your hands for the last bit if you have to
  3. Break the ball of dough in half and roll out each peace separately between two sheets of non stick baking paper – it should roughly be the thickness of a one pound coin but it’s up to you. Place each of the flat, smooth rolled out pieces of dough onto a baking tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes
  4. After 20 minutes, take out of the fridge and preheat your oven to 170 degrees C. Cut out the biscuits using any size and shaped cutter you like and then pop on a lined baking tray
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your biscuits or until golden brown. Leave to cool whilst you roll out your icing
  6. Soften the ready roll icing with your hands and form into a ball. Add a small drop (preferably with a cocktail stick – a little goes a long way) onto the icing and knead a few times so the pink marbles through the icing. Sprinkle icing sugar onto your workspace before rolling out to the size of a pound coin and cut with your cutter
  7. Paint each biscuit with a thin layer of jam and then add the pink marble icing on top before using your letter press to create your empowering ‘girl power’message

Enjoy! Nic x

Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram @absolutely.muffin for more Valentines Day recipes. 

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