These cute cookies decorated with fondant icing in a heart-shaped ladybird pattern would make a lovely romantic gift. Perfect for Valentine's Day!
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 15 minutes
- Yield : 20
- plain flour - 175g
- chilled butter, cubed - 100g
- icing sugar - 85g
- vanilla extract - 1 tablespoon
- egg yolk - 1
- TO DECORATE
- ready-to-roll fondant icing - 500g
- red food colouring
- icing sugar - 100g
- black food colouring
- edible pearly ball decorations
- YOU WILL ALSO NEED
- 8cm heart-shaped cutter
- 6cm heart-shaped cutter
- Put the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk in a food processor. Dribble in 1 tbsp water and blitz until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Tip onto a work surface and knead briefly to bring together, then wrap in cling film and chill for 20 mins.
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use your 8cm heart cutter to stamp out heart shapes - you'll have to re-roll the trimmings to make 20 biscuits. Put the hearts on 2 baking trays and bake for 12 mins, swapping the trays over halfway through, until pale golden and crisp. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Dye your lump of icing with red food colouring and wrap in cling film until ready to roll. Mix the icing sugar with enough water to make a thick icing. Dye the icing with the black food colouring. Pour the icing into a piping bag with a small plain nozzle attached (or use a small sandwich bag and snip off the corner). Roll out the red icing to 3mm thick and use your 6cm cutter to stamp out hearts. Stick onto the biscuits with a little of the black icing.
- Use the black icing to give your love bug a head at the pointy end, draw a line down the centre to give it wings, then add spots. Stick 2 pearly balls onto each love bug's head, then leave to set on a wire rack. You can pack your love bugs into boxes or cellophane bags to give as gifts for Valentine's Day.