Valentines Day Cookies

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Preparation time1 hour
Cooking time8-10 minutes
Serves20 cookies

Ingredients

225g butter, room temperature

1 cup caster sugar

1 tablespoon water

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

1 egg

3 cups plain flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

ICING:

2 cups icing sugar

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 tablespoon water

Method

 

  1. Grease two baking trays with butter.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light
         and fluffy.
  3. Add water, vanilla and egg. Beat for a further 1 minute.
  4. Add remaining ingredients. Mix until a dough has formed.
  5. Form into a disk and wrap tightly in cling film.
         Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Place dough between two pieces of baking paper. Roll out
         until approximately 3/4cm thick.
  7. Preheat oven to 180c. Using a heart shaped cutter, cut the dough. Place on prepared trays.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden and cooked. Place on
         a wire rack to cool.
  9. ICING: combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until
         smooth.
  10. Divide icing into 3 separate bowls. Using pink food
         colouring colour each batch of icing a different shade.
  11. Ice cooled cookies in varying shades of pink icing. Allow
         icing to set. Serve.