These gorgeous biscuit alternatives to traditional wedding place cards are a real treat to eat – or to save as a memento of the special day Serves: 30-40
Prep time: 1 hr
Cooking time: 12 mins
Total time: 1 hr 12 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
- 250g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 275g (9oz) caster sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 medium eggs
- 500g (1lb) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 500g (1lb) pink sugarpaste
- 500g packet royal icing sugar, made up
- 9.5cm and 8cm heart-shaped cutters
- Disposable piping bags
- No. 2 and No. 1.5 plain piping tubes, eg, PME
- Cellophane bags, ribbon and self-adhesive flowers, for packaging
- Set the oven to Gas Mark 3 or 160°C.
- Cream together the butter, sugar and salt until the mixture is light and fluffy
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, with a spoonful of flour with each egg. Beat in the vanilla extract, then beat in the flour until the mixture binds together to form a dough
- If the dough is very soft, wrap it in a plastic bag and chill it until firm enough to roll out.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 3mm (1/8in) thick
- Use the larger heart-shaped cutter to cut the dough
- Lay the shapes on the lined baking sheets.
- Bake the biscuits, one tray at a time, in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they start to turn golden at the edges
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
- Knead the pink sugarpaste to soften it and roll it out to 2-3mm (just under 1/8in) thick and use the smaller heart cutter to cut out shapes
- Place the sugarpaste hearts on the hot cookies
- The heat from the cookies will make the sugarpaste stick to the cookies.
- Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and leave them to cool completely.
- Cut the ends off the piping bags, fit a piping tube in each and fill with royal icing
- Using the piping bag with the No. 2 piping tube to pipe dots around the pink hearts.
- Using the piping bag with the No. 1.5 piping tube, pipe a name on each cookie.
- Leave the royal icing to dry before packaging cookies in cellophane bags, tying a ribbon bow at the top of each, and adding a self-adhesive flower.
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.