German heart biscuits - recipe

German heart biscuits

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4).

  2. 2

    Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 750g Plain white flour
    • 1tsp Baking powder
    • 1tsp Mixed spice
    • 2tsp Cinnamon ground
    • 2tsp Ginger (ground)
  3. 3

    Over a gentle heat, stir the butter, salt, sugar and treacle together until smooth. Add to the bowl and mix to a dough.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 225g Butter (unsalted)
    • pinch Salt
    • 115g Unrefined light muscovado sugar
    • 150g Black treacle
  4. 4

    Dust the work surface lightly with flour then roll out the dough to about 1 cm thick.

  5. 5

    Using your template cut out 4 hearts, re-rolling the trimmings if necessary. Place each one a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Tip: Use the end of an icing nozzle to cut a large hole for the ribbon.

  6. 6

    Bake for 12–15 minutes, until the edges are darker brown than the centre. Cool for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack.

  7. 7

    Make up the icing as directed on the packet and place in a piping bag with a small star shaped nozzle.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 500g Icing sugar
  8. 8

    Pipe a wavy edge of icing around the outside and pipe a message in the centre.

  9. 9

    Decorate with sweets and thread a decorative ribbon through the hole.

  10. 10

    These delightful biscuits will keep in an airtight tin for up to 10 days.

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