A Week Of Handmade Valentine’s Ideas: Friday

In the run-up to the cheesiest of all celebrations, I thought I’d get in the Valentine spirit and hook us all up with some cute ideas, whether to do, or give, or hint at to be given, or to make to *show the love* around your home. I think they’re kinda nice. And not too cliche (in my opinion). Best of all, they’re {mostly} handmade and non-bank breakers.

Sweetheart In A Jar

Of course, I naturally have some kind of cooking or baking involved in showing my affection… I love food = I show my love through food (anyone heard of Love Languages?)

So, food isn’t exactly an original idea, but it is handmade and it doesn’t have to empty your purse. And you can make it as cheesy or uncheesy (figuratively speaking) as you and your Special Someone are comfortable with. Personally, I’m not a fan of the cheesiness of the whole Valentine’s thing, but I figured heart shaped cookies are fairly low on the cheese-ometer. I may even add a few star cookies to lessen the heartsy effect. But you could always add a soppy note to crank up the cheese 🙂

 

Vanilla Sugar Shortbread

*To make the vanilla sugar beforehand: Whizz 1 vanilla pod and 225g caster sugar in a blender. Pour through a sieve, then blend again. Store in an airtight container.

 

150g [5oz] flour (cake/plain)

100g [3.5oz] butter, softened

50g [2oz] vanilla sugar

Preheat oven to 180 C [160 C fan/gas 4].

Rub flour and butter together in a bowl until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the vanilla sugar and mix to form a dough {I had to add a few drops of water to get it to bind properly}.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface, then use cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes.

Place on a baking tray (greased or lined with baking paper) and sprinkle some ordinary sugar over the shapes.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until just golden. Sprinkle with a little (lot!) more sugar while still hot, then leave to cool.

Decorate if you wish to, and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Makes about 20 biscuits, depending on size and thickness.

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