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Queen of Hearts Cookies

SWEET TREATS RECIPE:

These delicious little bites are easy to make, fun to eat and great for little ones to help bake. Try out your favourite flavours and shapes to make them your own – what about round ‘sun’ biscuits with lemon curd instead of jam?

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam
  • 1 tbsp water

Method

  1. Beat together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and add the vanilla extract. Mix to combine, then use your hands to mould the dough into a ball. Wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease two baking sheets and set aside.
  3. Flour your work surface, then roll out the dough to a 3mm width. You will need 2 sizes of heart-shaped cookies – use the larger of the two cutters to cut out 24 hearts; use the smaller cutter to cut out a smaller heart shape from the centre of 12 of the cookies. You should now have 12 solid hearts, and 12 cut-out heart cookies.
  4. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the tray and leave on a wire rack to cool.
  5. In a small saucepan, mix together the jam and water over a low heat until loosened. Spread the jam over the solid heart cookies, leaving a slight border at the edges, then place the cut-out cookies on top. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving, if you like.

Makes 12


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