Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Which means it’s the perfect excuse to stock up on ingredients to create these easy cookies.

You will need:

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 320g sieved plain flour
  • 125g sieved icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, and work in the flour to make a stiff dough. You may find it easier to do this with your hands.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Roll out to the thickness of a pound coin, and using well-floured heart shape cutters, stamp out a dozen hearts.

Carefully transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Leave to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes to firm up, before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Once they are completely cool, decorate.

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