Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and even if, like me, this day means little to you, why not make them for your friends and family? Love comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn’t have to be in the form of a girlfriend / boyfriend or husband / wife. In fact, love doesn’t have to only be for Valentine’s Day. These vanilla hearts are a simple, yet delicious recipe which can easily be made vegan with a couple of dairy free alternatives and are perfect for all year round.
10 oz Flour
1/2 tbs baking powder
7 oz margarine, sliced into chunks (dairy free for vegan option)
3 oz sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dark cooking chocolate (dairy free for vegan option)
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the margarine and rub it in with your fingers until it forms breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and vanilla extract, stir, then form into a dough with your hands.
Leave in the fridge to chill for at least half an hour, then roll out and use heart shaped cutters to cut out your cookies. Place onto a lined baking tray (you May need more than one) and bake Gas Mark 4 / 180c / 360F at for 15 – 20 mins or until firm and pale golden.
Once the cookies are cool, melt the dark chocolate on the hob, in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. Decorate the cookies with the chocolate in whichever way you see fit.
Once they are cool, give to your loved one (and don’t forget to save some for yourself!)
I hope you enjoy this love – filled recipe and have a happy Valentine’s Day! 💗
If you try it out don’t forget to send me a photo by e mail (see contact) or on Instagram with the hashtag #eloisescreative bakes for a chance to be featured on my Creativity in the Kitchen and Food Design page.