Chocolate biscuits with little hearts

What a lovely Saturday!

I got out of bed early this morning to see my GP and get some prescriptions before we go on holiday next month. For once I didn’t have to wait, so was back home 20 minutes later. I went for a power walk around the park in the sunshine, bought a nice sourdough bread and a bunch of tulips on the way, and then I went home to do some baking.

It feels like it has been forever since I had time to just bake for a couple of hours at the weekend, and I love to be able to do that. I made these peanut butter cookies as well as my favourite chocolate biscuits. They are easy to make, and go really brittle, they keep for a long time and are freezable. Because Valentine’s day is coming up, I sprinkled some pink and white heart sprinkles on top, otherwise it is suppose to be only the sugar pearls, but any type of sugar decorations work.

Chocolate biscuits, about 45

300 ml plain flour

150 ml caster sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

125 g softened butter

2 egg yolks

To decorate: egg whites and sugar pearls

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the butter and the egg yolks. Incorporate to a dough (easiest to use your hands) Roll out 3 finger thick rolls and place on baking parchment. Flatten with your fingers. Brush on egg whites and sprinkle sugar decorations on top. Bake for 12 minutes in 200C. Cut into slanting strips while still warm. Leave to cool on the baking tray.

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