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Human Mum, Heart Shortbread, Zoe Christien

My husband doesn't do Valentine's Day, but each year I ensure I buy a card for him from me, the kids, the dogs, the chickens, basically anyone or thing I can think of to ensure he feels pretty unconformable about the lack of card and flowers heading my way!

So this year I have decided to up the ante with heart shaped 'I love you so much shnookums' biscuits. No hardship for me as I love shortbread, so the kids and I can eat them in front of him whilst saying how much we love each other...Ahhhh!


150g Plain flour

50g Caster sugar

30g Cornflour

125g Butter (straight from the fridge cut into cubes)


75g Dark Chocolate

A range of sprinkles


Whizz all the ingredients up in a food processor until it starts to come together (be patient). Lightly dust a surface with flour, tip out the mixture and shape it into a ball. I find that the mix can be a little crumbly so I lightly wet my hands and kneed the mixture slightly. Make it into a disc and roll out with a flour dusted rolling pin. Roll out to about 3-4mm thick and cut out your lovey-dovey shapes. Place them on a non-stick baking sheet and pop into the fridge to chill for 20-30 mins.

Bake at 180 degrees C (160 fan) for 15-17 minutes or until the edges just start to colour.

Let your shortbread cool on the tray.

You can go Valentine's Day wild with your decoration! Up to you of course but here are some ideas....

-Dip half the heart (or the tip) in chocolate - leave like that or cover in sprinkles.

-Pipe chocolate stripes diagonally across the biscuit.

-Rub sugar lightly into the biscuit before baking for a crunchy topping

-Push mini smarties into one corner

(Refrigerate after decorating to allow the chocolate to set)

I found this recipe made 16 biscuits, but I was eating a bit of the mixture as I was cutting them out, so you may get a few more. I thought red biscuits might look cool, but I advise against adding red food dye to the shortbread mix. I tried it and it just looked like I'd caught my finger in the food processor!

Big love to you all!

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