Wednesday, February 11

Valentine's Break-Open Cookies

If your not sure what 'break-open cookies' are, they're Biscuits layered with a 'pocket' inside that holds small candy so that when they are broken, the goodies spill out like a pinata!
I've been dying to try making some ever since I saw these Halloween ones and the new heart-shaped cutters I bought for Valentine's Day gave me the excuse I needed. They'd make great mini gifts for your friends or favors at a party...
I couldn't find any mini smarties so I loosely chopped normal sized ones but you could used any small sweets you like.
(Makes 8)
200g butter (softened)
200g sugar
400g flour
1 (lightly beaten) egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon of red gel food colouring
Pinch of salt
128g icing sugar
2 teaspoon milk
Small candy to fill

Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl
Stir in the egg, vanilla and salt until combined, then add the food colouring and mix gently so it's distributed evenly
Fold in flour gradually until a dough forms
Wrap dough in cling film and refrigerate for a few hours
Roll out dough on floured surface and cut 24 identical large heart shapes. Use a smaller heart-shaped cutter to make a cut-out from 8 of the 24 large hearts
Place shapes on a lined baking tray and chill in the fridge for at least half an hour
Bake biscuits at 180C for around 20 minutes (dependent on your oven) them leave them to cool on a rack
In a small bowl, mix the icing sugar and milk until combined, then spoon into a disposable piping bag (or a sandwich bag) and snip off the end
Pipe the glue-like icing around the edge of a biscuit then place a biscuit with a cut-out on top
The biscuit will now be like a 'trinket dish'- fill it with some of your candy and then use the icing to glue a biscuit on top
Leave the break-open biscuits aside until the icing has set

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