DIY Tutorial – Valentine’s Lemon Heart Biscuits

Over the next 10 days we’re going to be doing a series of Valentine’s themed posts to get you in the mood for the loved up day and to give you some new ideas of how you can make it extra special with some simple DIY baking and crafting!

Do you fancy giving your Valentine a yummy homemade gift this year instead of the usual chocolates? We’ve found this lovely lemon biscuit recipe and adapted it with heart shaped cutters. They would be lovely wrapped in a little box with red ribbon and a heart shaped gift tag.

Lemon heart biscuits

Serves around 20, depending on the size of your cutters
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 38 minutes
Website www.bbcgoodfood.com
These lemon biscuits have a lovely buttery crisp texture with a tangy lemon curd centre

Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 Medium egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon (zest only)
  • 280g plain flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1/2 jar lemon curd
  • icing sugar (for dusting)

Note

These biscuits would also be great with nutella or jam spread in the middle - just leave out the lemon zest in the dough and substitute the lemon curd for your preferred filling!

They will keep for up to three days in an airtight container. The biscuits will go a little softer when they are filled so leave filling the biscuits until the last minute if you prefer a crisper texture.

 

Directions

Step 1
Step 1
Put the softened butter, egg yolk, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest into a bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon until incorporated.
Step 2
Step 2
Sieve in the flour and mix together. The mixture will be quite dry so you may need to bring it together with your hands.
Step 3
Step 3
Place the dough on a floured surface and cut in half. Roll out one half to a little thicker than a 20p piece and start cutting out your heart shapes. The biscuits will be stuck together in pairs once they are cooked so make sure you have enough matching pairs. Remember to cut a little heart out of every other big heart so you'll be able to see the lemon curd filling when they're finished.
Step 4
Step 4
Repeat with the rest of the dough until you have used it all. Place your hearts on a baking tray lined with baking paper, cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
Step 5
Step 5
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove the cling film and place the trays in the oven for 8-12 minutes until golden brown. They will crisp up quite a lot when they cool so don't be afraid to bring them out of the oven when they are still a little soft.
Step 6
Step 6
Cool the biscuits on wire racks. Once they are cooled, spread a little blob of lemon curd onto a biscuit (be careful not to spread it too far to the edges as the curd will ooze out), then place a heart biscuit with a hole cut in the centre on top and gently press down. Continue with the rest of the biscuits. Dust liberally with icing sugar and they're ready to share with your Valentine!

Next time, a more chocolately homemade gift…Becky x

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