We love making treats… And Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to make treats for loved ones. There’s no better way to someone’s heart than through their stomach! So today we are making some fun hugs & kisses cookies using our favourite chocolate shortbread recipe – nice and easy. The bonus is that this cookie recipe uses no eggs, which is great for when you have those wandering little hands that like to sneak a bit of raw cookie dough every so often!
Hugs & kisses chocolate shortbread ingredients:
For the cookies:
- 200g plain flour
- 175g butter at room temperature
- 85g sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- Splash of milk
For the icing:
- Icing sugar
- Food colouring (red & pink)
- A combination of sprinkles
You will also need some X and O cookie cutters but fear not – if you can’t get hold of any, why not mould your shapes by hand?
Hugs & kisses chocolate shortbread method:
1) We used a kitchen aid to mix all our ingredients together. If you are doing it by hand, start by crumbling the butter into the flour, then add the sugar and cocoa. Add a splash of milk (2-3 tablespoons) if you need to moisten the dough. It can be quite dry and crumbly. Don’t add too much.
2) Once you have a smooth dough, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3) Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut your Xs and Os out and place them on the tray. Bake for approximately 10 minutes but do keep checking them. If they look like they are beginning to brown (yes, I know the cookies are brown, but you can still see them burn), take them out. Let them cool for a minute or two before placing on a cookie rack.
4) Once fully cooled, mix some icing sugar with a little water and food colouring. Make sure it isn’t too runny, else you will end up with very messy biscuits (though they will still taste nice!!).
5) Using a knife (we found that easier than a spoon), apply a little icing to your cookies. Then add your sprinkles and let them set!
Enjoy with a loved one on Valentine’s Day!! Hope you enjoy this chocolate shortbread recipe and see you again soon!