Let’s face it unless you have a humongous kitchen (or two if you are a politician) Like us, you probably won’t have much space for endless cookie cutters and baking tools. We are always trying to cram just one more cutter into our kitchen drawers.
So we have a challenged ourselves to get more uses out of the baking kit that we currently have, starting with the old faithful ‘the heart biscuit cutter’
Now, don’t get us wrong, we love a cute heart biscuit, who doesn’t? It’s the perfect gift for valentines or Mother’s Day, but we wanted to experiment with what else we could create with this shape of biscuit and here is what we came up with, our ‘5 ways to revamp your heart biscuits’
1. Wedding favours – bride and groom biscuits
With an impending BakingMad.com wedding later this year, we have been on the overwhelming task of searching for the ideal wedding favours. Mini pots of jam, indulgent fudge, chocolate truffles – all good contenders but we also liked the idea of these personalised bride and groom biscuits. These are decorated using sugar paste icing however for those of you who enjoy a spot of piping and icing you could also decorate with royal icing, piping each guests name on the biscuit making them dual purpose as place settings too.
A super cute wedding favour that all you guests are sure to be talking about. Plus the best bit is you can bake in advance and freeze, saving precious time in the build up to the big day! (Phew)
2. Thank you gifts – bridesmaids
Keeping on the wedding theme, we also loved the idea of these adorable bridesmaid biscuits. Your loyal bridesmaids will be primping and prepping you and being at your beck and call for the duration of your big day. What better way to thank them with a sentimental, hand-baked gift? You can also personalise these, decorating them to match the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and even the flowers. Alternatively, these would be great favours for your bridal shower or hen party, spicing them up a bit with ‘L’ plates or matching them to your theme.
One batch of these biscuits serves 30, so there will be plenty to go around for all of your hens.
School holidays are the best time to get creative with your little one’s in the kitchen, but keeping them entertained can sometimes be a challenge. These sweet ladybird biscuits are sure to catch their attention and are really simple to do. They would be a great addition to a children’s party or even to enjoy on a picnic alongside real life ladybirds. These biscuits are decorated by piping icing using these simple steps, just make sure that the icing isn’t too runny as it might escape over the sides. If it is, simply thicken with a touch more icing sugar.
Summer is the season for strawberries and we love these vibrant strawberry biscuits, for an added touch you could add strawberry flavouring to the biscuit dough or secure the sugar paste icing to the biscuit using strawberry jam. The heart cutter can be used to cut out the red strawberry shape and the green leafage. Simply cut out a green heart then using a sharp knife cut off ¾ of the heart shape leaving the curve part at the top. Use the knife to the cut a zigzag pattern to form the leaves and finish by piping white icing dots over the red. The ideal summer snack.
Ok, ok, we know we said we were going to stay away from the hearts, but these cupid style biscuits really do give an added something to the standard heart shape cookie. You can create these simply using a smaller heart cutter and stamping out a smaller heart from the inside of the dough or to make the cupid biscuits, cut out an arrow shape around the heart dough when baking. And what’s more cutting out smaller hearts means that you will be getting double the amount of cookies (more bang for your buck!)
Well there you have it our ‘5 ways to revamp your heart biscuits’ we would love to hear your suggestions or even any photos of your bakes. Get in touch with us on Facebook Baking Mad UK or on Twitter @BakingMadUK.