Saturday, 9 February 2013

Recipe: Valentine's I love you / hate you cookies (delete as appropriate)

Valentine's Day I love you /I hate you biscuits, as made by EJ
Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day you are unlikely to escape the associated commercial messaging at this time of year. Personally I am a fan of Valentine's Day, although I do tend to steer clear of anything marketed as Valentines-ey (except for Valentine's cards, which I love). You might remember my Valentine's recipe for last year - the heart shaped jammy dodgers (it's still one of my favourites). Mostly, I love Valentine's Day because I get to make heart shaped food and share it with friends.

I made these 'I love you / I hate you cookies' using this awesome little biscuit letter press gadget from The Baked Boutique:

Awesome letter press biscuit embosser

It is quite time consuming to change the letters and can be a bit fiddly, but the results are great - and the world is your oyster when it comes to creating bespoke messages. I've used a cinnamon sugar cookie recipe for these biscuits -I recommend using a recipe where the biscuits are unlikely to rise or spread too much to preserve the embossed message.

I like the idea of making heart biscuits with personalised messages, old-school love heart phrases ('call me', 'all mine', 'marry me', 'for keeps'), or indeed, anti-Valentines messaging for an anti-Valentine party.

So whether you love or hate the most commercially romantic day of the year, these are the cookies for you...

Makes approximately 30 sugar cookies (depending on the size you choose)

To make the sugar cookies you will need:
100g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbs milk
275g plain flour
1tsp cinnamon

To make the cookies:
Line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar together.

In a separate bowl, whisk up the egg a little - add the vanilla extract and milk.

Gradually add the egg mixture to the butter and sugar, mixing well to combine.

Sift in the flour and cinnamon and mix into a dough. Turn out onto a clean floured surface and roll out to be approximately 5mm thick. Cut hearts out using a heart shaped cookie cutters (make sure the cookies are large enough to hold the phrase you want to emboss). Place these on the baking tray and chill for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the phrases you want to emboss. When the cookies have chilled for 15 minutes, remove them from the fridge and carefully emboss each one with the prepared phrase. Make sure you push the letters into the cookies to their full depth, as the cookies have been chilled the letter press will not get stuck.

The embossed sugar cookies, ready to bake

Chill for 1 hour.

Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 190C (fan). When the cookies have chilled for an hour, bake them for approximately 12-15 minutes. They should still be pale in appearance (a little golden at the edges) when cooked, you can check if they are done by carefully inspecting the underside of one of the cookies - it should be an even colour the biscuit should definitely hold its shape.

When the cookies are done, place them on a wire rack to cool- then enjoy!


  1. How cool is your letter tool! I see many happy hours of biscuit stamping coming on! These cookies are gorgeous, you could get all "love hearts" on them. "COOL DUDE" anyone?

    1. Thanks Stephanie, "COOL DUDE" is such a love hearts classic :)