Saturday, 13 February 2016

Valentine's Day Biscuits Recipe

Valentines Day may be tomorrow but there's still time to make some lovely treats to gift! Here is the recipe for these simple but yummy shortbread sandwich biscuits, filled with jam and buttercream...


Makes aprox 28 single heart shaped biscuits/14 sandwich biscuits

Ingredients

For the shortbread biscuits

150g plain flour

100g butter cut into small pieces

50g caster sugar

For the filling

75g softened butter

75g icing sugar (plus extra for dusting)

2-3tbsp jam of your choice (I used Loganberry)


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees

1) Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the butter and sugar

2) Rub the butter into the flour and sugar mixture until all the butter is incorporated with the flour. The mixture should resemble crumble mix

3) Press the mixture together to form a ball of dough- add a tiny drop of water if the mixture is a little dry

4) Roll the mixture out to aprox 4-5mm thick using a rolling pin and floured work surface


5) Cut out your biscuits with a pastry cutter of your choice. The heart cutter I used was aprox 4,5cm long

6) Place onto a couple of large, greased baking trays and prick with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees, or until golden. Leave to cool completely

7) To make the buttercream, beat together the softened butter and icing sugar until completely combined. Spread onto one half of 14 biscuits

8) Spread the jam on top of the buttercream




9) Sandwich the other biscuits on top. Dust with icing sugar


10) Enjoy with a nice cup of tea! These biscuits would make a lovely thoughtful gift and would look really lovely wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon

No chance for me to give them to Mr Writer as a gift- he'd already eaten quite a few before I'd put the filling in!


If you're wondering where I got the fab heart shaped tea bags, they are handmade by ContoursAlbion, who I first discovered on Instagram. Alise makes tea bags in many different shapes including cat shaped (yay!) to add extra fun to your tea time. The tea tastes lovely too!

If you'd like to find out how to make coasters like the ones pictured, they are made from old CDs and lace- check out my How To here

Happy baking!


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