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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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