About this recipe:This recipe makes 17 (7cm) sandwich biscuits, as well as 17 small heart shaped biscuits. You'll need a 7cm heart shaped cutter and a 4.5cm heart shaped cutter. Fill with jam or ice with Pink Valentine's Icing.
180g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
300g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:8min › Extra time:12min › Ready in:45min
In a large bowl, cream together butter and icing sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar; blend into the butter mixture. Divide dough into thirds and shape into balls.
Working with 1/3 of dough at a time, roll out dough into desired thickness on a lightly floured surface. For each heart sandwich cookie, cut out two 7cm hearts. Cut out the centre of ONE of the 7cm hearts with the smaller (4.5cm) cutter.
Place each piece separately on an ungreased baking tray, 3 to 5cm apart. Bake in a preheated, 180 C / Gas mark 4 oven until lightly browned (7 to 8 minutes for 6mm thick biscuits). Cool completely on wire rack.
Use strawberry or raspberry jam to fill the biscuits, spreading a layer of jam on the bottom biscuit before placing the other biscuit on top to form the sandwich. Alternatively, ice bottom biscuit with Pink Valentine's Icing before placing the other biscuit on top. You can also ice the small 4.5cm hearts and serve as separate biscuits.
These biscuits taste lovely but the cooking times on the recipe are drastically out and the mixture swells when it cooks so the 'holes' in the biscuits either close over or lose all definition. - 12 Feb 2012