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Make these biscuits for someone special or let children help decorate them. I have used a pierced heart cutter obtainable from Lakeland Ltd.(mail order or shop) and also a plain heart which is readily available. (failing that, use a round cutter).


  • 11 0g (4oz) butter or margarine
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) caster sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • few drops vanilla extract (optional)
  • 22 5g (8oz) plain flour
  • Decoration
  • Tate & Lyle royal icing sugar
  • food colouring
  • any other items of your choice


Heat the oven to Gas 4 / 180C. Grease 2 baking trays.

Cream together the fat and sugar, beat the egg gradually then mix in the flour to make a firm dough.

Using half at a time, roll out not too thinly and cut out with your chosen cutter. Lift them onto the baking trays with a palette knife, taking care not to break off the arrows if using that cutter.

Bake for 15 minutes approx or until pale golden brown. (check after 12 minutes)

Carefully loosen on the baking trays and leave to cool.

Make up a little icing and decorate as pictured or using your own ideas. To write, use a small writing tube in a paper icing bag.

They can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container to be decorated when required.

These biscuits are delicious at any time simply dusted with caster sugar when baked.

Posted in Recipes on Feb 01, 2009