Friday, February 11
If you’re looking for a personal Valentine's Day gift, why not have a go at these cross-stitch heart cookies decorated with royal icing? You can adapt this method to create your own variation on the embroidered heart pattern, using these designs as inspiration.
- Heart-shaped chocolate cookies: 15
- SK Instant Mix Royal Icing: 500g (1lb 1¾oz) White
- SK Professional Liquid Food Colour: Rose
- Stand mixer with whisk attachment
- Piping bags: 3
- Round piping nozzle: no. 1
- Round piping nozzle: no. 2
- Make up some royal icing to soft peak consistency following the instructions on the packet. Add a touch of Rose liquid food colour to the royal icing to make a pale pink shade.
- Fit a piping bag with a no. 2 nozzle, fill two thirds with the icing and pipe a heart outline approximately 1cm (⅜”) in from the edge of the cookies. One cookie at a time, pipe another heart shape approximately 1cm (⅜”) inside the first piped heart.
- Add a little cooled, boiled water to the remaining pale pink icing to make a run-out (flood) consistency and then place it in a piping bag. Snip the tip off the end of the bag and fill in the space between the two heart outlines. Do this for each cookie, then leave to dry.
- Prepare some more white royal icing so it is slightly softer than soft peak consistency. Fit a new piping bag with a no. 1 nozzle and fill two thirds with the softer, white icing.
- Working inside the heart shape, pipe approximately 25 horizontal lines then leave them to dry for around five minutes. Pipe 30 vertical lines over the horizontal lines to create a cross-stitch effect. Repeat for each cookie, then set aside to dry.
- For the border, use a no. 1 nozzle and some soft peak white icing to pipe small arches around the outside of the flooded heart shape. Pipe three smaller arches over the top of each larger arch. Repeat for each cookie, then leave to dry.
- Add a tiny bit of water to the softer icing to make it dot consistency (a bit runnier, almost like flood icing), then use a no. 1 nozzle to pipe dots around the edge of the pink heart and over each small arch. Fill in some of the squares inside the heart to create a symmetrical cross-stitch design, following the picture as a guide. Repeat for each cookie.
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