In case the numerous heart shaped boxes of chocolates and overpriced cards floating around hasn’t tipped you off, it’s Valentine’s Day this Saturday. Naturally, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to do some themed baking. I might not be into big soppy cards, but freshly baked strawberry sugar cookies are definitely something I can get behind!
One of my very first (and favourite!) recipes was for ginger nut biscuits. Since then I haven’t made anything remotely resembling a biscuit, so these were a long time coming! Cookies just feel a lot lighter than cake, don’t they? Like, it’s totally acceptable to have 3 with a cup of tea, right!?
The icing on these strawberry sugar cookies is the real winner of this recipe. Made with fresh strawberries, there’s no nasty artificial flavour here. The sprinkles are totally optional – I mainly added them to cover up my terrible decorating skills. I did have visions of me piping out perfectly neat pink hearts but alas, my talents do not lie in that area!
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 225g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 100g strawberries, roughly chopped
- 200g icing sugar, sifted
- 50g butter, melted
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together to mix. Gradually add to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing gently until a soft dough is formed. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 160°c. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2 a centimetre thick. Cut out your cookies and transfer to a baking tray. Bake for 6-8 minutes (for soft, chewy cookies) or 10-12 minutes (for hard, crunchy cookies).
- Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
- To make the icing, blitz the strawberries to a puree using a blender or food processor. Strain through a sieve to get rid of any lumps.
- Gradually add the sifted icing sugar and melted butter, stirring to combine. Ice the cookies and add sprinkles before leaving to set for at least two hours.