Valentine Love Bug Biscuits Recipe

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These cute cookies decorated with fondant icing in a heart-shaped ladybird pattern would make a lovely romantic gift on Valentine day

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 12 mins


Ingredients: 
  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g chilled butter , cubed
  • 85g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk

TO DECORATE 
  • 500g ready-to-roll fondant icing
  • Red food coloring
  • 100g icing sugar
  • black food coloring
  • edible pearly ball decorations

YOU WILL ALSO NEED 
  • 8cm heart-shaped cutter
  • 6cm heart-shaped cutter
Cooking Directions: 
  1. Put the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk in a food processor.
  2. Dribble in 1 tbsp water and blitz until the mixture comes together to form a dough.
  3. Tip onto a work surface and knead briefly to bring together, then wrap in cling film and chill for 20mins.
  4. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin.
  5. Use your 8cm heart cutter to stamp out heart shapes - you'll have to re-roll the trimmings to make 20 biscuits.
  6. Put the hearts on 2 baking trays and bake for 12mins, swapping the trays over halfway through, until pale golden and crisp.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Dye your lump of icing with red food coloring and wrap in cling film until ready to roll.
  9. Mix the icing sugar with enough water to make a thick icing.
  10. Dye the icing with the black food coloring.
  11. Pour the icing into a piping bag with a small plain nozzle attached (or use a small sandwich bag and snip off the corner).
  12. Roll out the red icing to 3mm thick and use your 6cm cutter to stamp out hearts.
  13. Stick onto the biscuits with a little of the black icing.
  14. Use the black icing to give your love bug a head at the pointy end, draw a line down the centre to give it wings, then add spots.
  15. Stick 2 pearly balls onto each love bug's head, then leave to set on a wire rack.
  16. You can pack your love bugs into boxes or cellophane bags to give as gifts for Valentine's Day.

NUTRITION PER BISCUIT 
  • 166 kcalories
  • protein 1g
  • carbohydrate 29g
  • fat 5 g
  • saturated fat 3g
  • fibre 0g
  • sugar 22g
  • salt 0.1 g

 
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