Valentine was one of the earliest Christians who was persecuted for his faith, and eventually killed. Despite it being against the law, Valentine would marry Christian couples, and aided Christians who were being persecuted. The tradition of secret Valentine’s cards stems from the note he left for a young woman on the day he was killed which simply said, ‘Your Valentine’. Although St Valentine’s day has become a day for romance, love (whether for friends, family, neighbours or even enemies) is key to the Christian faith (there are over 700 references to love in the Bible). These cookies are designed to be given away.
St Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers, so these biscuits contain honey as their sweetener. Be sure to use the best that you can find, and honey which has not been mass produced, but is bee friendly.
- 115 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 135 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar
- 160 grams (1/2 cup) honey
- 1 egg yolk
- 315 grams (2 and 1/4 cup) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Icing sugar
- Food colouring
- Sprinkles and decorations.
- Set the oven to 180c (Gas 4).
- Weigh out the butter and sugar, and mix together in a large bowl.
- Separate the egg.
- Add honey and the egg yolk. Beat again to form a creamy mixture.
- Sift in the flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon.
- Beat briefly until dough starts to come together. Use your hands to gather the dough and form into a large round disc.
- Wrap the dough in the butter paper (or reusable covering) and place in the fridge for 30 mins (or the freezer while your clear the decks if you are tight for time).
- Dust the work surface with flour and roll out the cookie dough, not too thinly.
- Grease baking trays with the butter wrapping.
- Cut out hearts using cookie cutters and gently place the cookies onto the prepared trays.
- Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until just golden on the edges. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Prepare the icing by sifting icing sugar into the egg white and whisking together until you have your preferred consistency. Add food colouring of choice.
- Spoon the icing over the cookies and decorate with sprinkles etc.
- When the icing has set, package them up ready to give to friends, neighbours, and loved ones.
With thanks to Jess from Sweetest Menu for the original recipe.