Treat someone special (or yourself) to these delicious valentines shortbreads.  A super easy recipe with just 5 ingredients! You can add extras like lemon zest or crushed pistachio nuts to make them extra special but below is the simple version.

  • 160g plain flour

  • 100g soft, unsalted butter

  • 75g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 free range egg yolk (no egg white)

  • 100g icing sugar

  • Pink food colouring


      1. Preheat the oven to 170c

      2. Begin by making breadcrumbs in your hands with the flour, butter and sugar

      3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla with your hands, forming a dough

      4. Once well mixed, leave to rest for about 10 mins

      5. Roll out on a floured surface approx 1cm thick and cut into shapes

      6. If you don't have a heart shape cutter, create the shape with a piece of thick card and cut around the shape with a sharp knife

      7. Sprinkle the biscuits in a little caster sugar

      8. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for around 10 mins until very slightly golden

      9. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before placing biscuits on a cooling rack

     10. Make the icing by mixing the sugar with a splash of water and a small drip of the colouring- you want it to be fairly thick so that it holds nicely on the biscuit 

     11. Decorate the biscuits once they have completely cooled. You can either use a piping bag or a small teaspoon for a more rustic look!