If you donâ€™t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can use a paper template and cut round it with a knife. This recipe makes 12ish cookies depending on the size of the cutter.225 g plain all purpose flour 110 g super fine (caster) sugar 110g cold butter, chopped into cubes 1 egg 1 vanilla pod 2 bars of chocolate (I use Lindt dark chocolate)
- Pre heat the oven to 350 (180)
- Tip the flour, sugar, and butter into a processor
- Cut the vanilla pod in half and gently scrape out the seeds. Add to the processor.
- Blitz to mix into breadcrumbs
- Beat the egg, then add and mix again into a dough
- (or rub the butter, sugar, vanilla and flour between your fingers into breadcrumbs, add the egg and mix with a wooden spoon into a dough)
- Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough to about Â½ cm thickness
- Cut out heart shapes, using a spatula to transfer them to a baking tray lined with parchment
- Bake for 10 â€“ 12 mins â€“ I swap my trays around between the middle and top shelf, and I turn them so that the back becomes the front â€“ though my oven has a mind of its own â€“ you may not need to be so paranoid
- Cool on a rack
- Melt Â¾ of the chocolate very gently either in a microwave or in a bowl over a pan of steaming water. Once itâ€™s melted take the bowl off the pan, then chop up the remaining chocolate and stir in to melt in the residual heat (this is a basic from of tempering without all the melting, cooling, re-melting business â€“ the idea is to keep the chocolate temp cool so that it stays glossy)
- Dip half each heart cookie into the chocolate and let dry on fresh parchment paper
This recipe originally appeared along with three easy recipes for Valentines day.