100g Softened Butter
170g Plain Flour
50g Caster Sugar
Ready-made coloured icing tubes and edible decorations (optional)
1.Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
2.Mix the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Gradually add the flour to make a stiff dough.
3.Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Roll out to the thickness of a pound coin, and using well-floured heart shape cutters, stamp out a dozen hearts.
4.Carefully transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
5.Leave to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes to firm up, before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
6.Once they are completely cool, decorate with the ready-made icing. You could pipe alternating dots or your own pattern or sprinkle with some edible decorations.