Hello, my zebras!
Yes, I know what you are thinking… Valentine’s Day is actually just a holiday for the florists and chocolatiers and not really for lovers. But fortunately we can avoid the commercialism if we want to and turn it into something really special. I am this year, unusually, a little bit of a romantic soul. This is quite new to me: I have been known to defend myself with hands and feet against kitsch and romance. 🙂
Anyway, today I have a little sweet gift idea for you that doesn’t need to only be kept for the 14th of February. The small cookie hearts are easy to make and you are free to fill them with whatever you want – sprinkles, smarties or even small messages of love. Anything goes! And if you find food colouring a tad tricky to use, then leaving the dough as it is still looks sweet!
Heart shaped Piñata Cookies
makes about 9
- 125g softened butter
- 100g sugar
- 1 egg
- 275g flour
- food colouring
- 50g powdered sugar
- 3-4 tsp milk
- sprinkles, smarties, jam, love letters,… (for filling)
For the cookie dough, mix the butter and sugar until creamy, then add the egg and stir. Add the flour, mixing well before using your hands to work everything into a smooth dough. Divide the dough into four equal portions and colorise as desired. I opted for red, pink, purple and white.
Now the dough portions should be all shaped into a small flat rectangular, stacked about the size of a postcard, and in the desired colour sequence and gently pressed together. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave for an hour in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 175 ° C (gas mark 4).
Half the well-chilled dough sheet with a knife and put the other half back in the fridge. Quarter the remaining dough sheet into strips. tilt these strips so that the stripes are visible. Arrange the strips like in the picture below.
Now on a floured surface gently roll out the now combined strips until thin. Cut out with a cookie cutter heart and place carefully onto a lined baking tray. In every 3rd heart gouge out a smaller heart in the middle – only do this on the baking tray to prevent the heart from being deformed. Repeat these steps with the second half of the dough. Press the dough residue into a ball, but – IMPORTANT! – don’t knead, just squeeze! Roll and cut more cookies from the leftover dough. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes and then leave them to cool.
Combine powdered sugar and milk to create an icing and then add it to a plastic bag for piping. Now it’s time to glue the cookies together! It’s best to sort the cookies beforehand – 2 hearts without holes and 1 with – and have the filling for the cookies close by. Firstly, ‘glue’ all the middle parts to all the lower parts (simply cut a small corner of the plastic bag and use as a piping bag), let dry briefly, and fill as desired. Then glue the ‘upper’ heart as a lid and let it dry.
Sounds a bit complicated, but is in reality much easier than you think. And, as I mentioned, the food colouring part is pretty optional. 🙂
For the grand entrance you could use a strawberry jam filling for a ‘Bleeding Love’ effect 😀
How are you ‘celebrating’ your Valentine’s Day? For the more unromantic among you my post from last year was perhaps more interesting than this year’s love-in 😉 👉 CLICK!
Be well, my zebras & HAPPY BAKING!
PS: The LOVE lettering is also handmade – would you like to have that as a craft tutorial on the blog?