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Heart-Shaped Citrus Almond Valentine’s Cookies

Maybe it’s a bit cliché to bake pink, citrus, almond heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day…but then again why not? And, while you are at it pop the cork on a bottle of pink bubbly from Provence like our La Folie sparkling rosé.

Citrus Almond Valentine's Cookies

Valentine's heart-shaped cookies

We’ve got a super easy and oh so pretty cookie recipe: heart-shaped citrus cookies with blood orange icing. In season and naturally pink! It’s the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with your partner or your gals.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 1 dozen

Ingredients
  

For the Cookies:

  • 300 g (11oz) Flour
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) Ground Almonds
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) icing sugar
  • 75 g (2.6 oz) Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Large egg
  • 20 g (.7 oz) olive oil
  • a pinch of Salt
  • Zest from 1 Organic Orange or blood orange
  • Zest from 1 Organic Lemon
  • 1 tsp Orange Juice or blood orange
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice

For the Icing:

  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp Blood Orange juice

Instructions
 

Prepare the cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 170°C (350°F).
  • In a bowl, cream together butter, icing sugar, olive oil, zest and juices (you can use a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachement).
  • Incorporate egg, then add the flour, ground almonds and salt. Mix until well combined.
  • Roughly flatten the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Dust your work surface with flour.
  • Roll out the dough into 0.5cm (1/4 in) thickness.
  • Cut out cookies using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Place the hearts on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.

Prepare the icing:

  • In a bowl, mix icing sugar with blood orange juice until it becomes a paste. You don’t want it too thick. If too thick, add some more juice. If too liquid, thicken it with more icing sugar.
  • Once the cookies are cool, spread some icing evenly on top (you can use a toothpick to push the icing to the borders and create a nice heart shape).
  • Leave to set for 1 hour.
  • Enjoy these festive treats with some bubbly!

Notes

Tip: we’ve added some edible gold dust to the blood orange icing to create the shimmery orange icing
Keyword Almonds, Citrus
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Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years the Cronks had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make their own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.

Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, the family headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.

The Cronks spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way, as Stephen was criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with their customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets, has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics, but what really makes Stephen happiest is that their wines are an integral part of people having a great time together.

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