So we know that there are 13 days until Valentine’s Day but if you want to be organised and get your gift sorted, this post will hopefully be of help. Neither of us have ever really been the type to “celebrate” Valentine’s Day, although it is nice to give your significant other something small to show them they’re appreciated. Baking something is a great gift to give them as it doesn’t cost too much and shows you’ve put effort into making them something nice. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate food?! We love baking whenever we have the time and if you do too, these Valentine’s stained glass heart cookies would make the perfect gift for a loved one!
First of all we should probably mention that we really aren’t that great at baking and we did find these biscuits slightly tricky and awkward to make. We followed Mary Berry’s recipe for her Christmas stained glass window biscuits. Although we all know Mary is a baking Goddess and her recipes are always simple to follow, we did find ourselves having to bake a second batch to get them perfect!
175g (6oz) butter
100g (4oz) caster sugar
225g (8oz) plain flour
Around 20 red or purple boiled sweets
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3 and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper. For our second attempt we found that greasing the baking sheets with a bit of sunflower oil meant that the biscuits didn’t stick the the sheets as much.
2. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together until smooth. Add the flour and start to make a dough.
3. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Use a large heart shaped cutter to cut out the cookies. You’ll then need to use a small heart cutter to cut out the middles where the sweets will go. We found it easier to cut out the big heart first, place it onto the tray and then cut out the smaller heart.
4. Put the boiled sweets into a plastic bag then use a rolling pin to crush them until they’re fine grains, almost like sugar. Sprinkle the crushed sweets into the middle of each biscuit.
5.Bake the cookies for around 12-15 minutes, when the biscuits are a pale gold colour and the sweets have melted completely. Leave them to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
6. Arrange the biscuits into a cute box then place them into a cellophane bag. Finish off with a cute bow and give them to your loved one!
For some of the cookies, we kept the middle in so that we could decorate them with fondant icing. We love sugar cookies with fondant on and they’re so fun and easy to decorate. We did cut out our fondant slightly too thick though, but who’s going to complain about that? Have you ever tasted the fondant you get in those big packets? Heavenly! We understand that they don’t look amazing but that’s the point of this post. As long as your partner knows about all the love and effort that went into it, are they really going to care?
So if you’re looking for an affordable but thoughtful gift to give to a loved one then we hope that you find this recipe helpful! They’re super easy and quick to make and they taste delicious. If for whatever reason your loved one isn’t a fan of cookies, we’re hoping to bring more Valentine’s inspired baking posts to the blog before Valentine’s Day so keep looking back. Be sure to let us know if you make these cookies, we’d love to see how they turn out!