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February 4, 2011

This recipe makes a beautiful buttery biscuit with a topping of raspberry crystals.  They make great Valentine’s Day presents for friends.

250 g butter

vanilla (optional)

3/4 cup icing sugar

2 1/2 cups plain flour


1 cup icing sugar

1 tbspn butter

1 tbspn boiling water

Raspberry Jelly Crystals (to decorate hearts)


1.  Preheat oven to 180 C.  Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

2.  Beat butter with icing sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.  (You can put the butter with the sugar in a bowl and place the bowl in a sink with 2 inches of hot water in it and melt the sugar and butter together.)

3.  Add the plain flour and mix until it forms a soft dough.  Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4.  Roll out the dough until 4 mm thick. Roll out between two sheets of glad wrap if sticky. Cut out heart shapes and place on prepared trays.  Cook for 15 minutes or until they are very light gold colour.

5.  Cool on a cake rack.   Prepare icing.

6.  Place icing sugar in a bowl and add butter.  Pour over the boiling water and mix.  Spread on each heart.

2.  Dip each heart face-down into a plate of jelly crystals.  Place on cake rack to dry.

Makes 11 big heart biscuits.

To give away as presents:  Wrap 2 biscuits in cellophane and tie with deep pink ribbon.  Attach a romantic saying that suits your friends.  Here are some suggestions from Love Quotes.

* Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
~ Songs of Solomon 8 : 7 ~

* In Love we discover the good qualities of our loved one which are hidden from other people.
~ Gerald Brenan ~

* When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
~ Elizabeth Bowen ~

* The greatest thing you’ll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return.
~ Natalie Cole ~
(“Unforgettable with Love”)

* We are most alive when we are in love.
~ John Updike ~

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