For a long time I’ve been looking for a cookie recipe that would be so perfect that no other may not even be needed. Over the years I have browsed numerous baking books, – blogs, and -magazines, and have noticed that very often the recipes predominant ingredient is butter. In others, there is a huge amount of sugar. I totally fell in love at first sight with this old recipe that my aunt introduced me to. It contains only 50g butter! Butter has been replaced by eggs, so there is more protein. Almost a healthy snack 😉
Intarsia technique has fascinated me ever since I saw some very complex and colorful gingerbreads at a Christmas Market. Often the heart-shaped cookies are made with “windows”, showing the red marmalade they are stuffed with. But as they are a bit too sweet for my taste, I decided to try how the heart biscuits made with intarsia technique would appear. And as it happened to be almost Valentine’s Day, the timing coud not be more perfect.
“The most perfect cookie recipe” -hunt is still ongoing, but this recipe is the best so far.
(As it is an orange season in Finland, I decided to add some orange flavouring to the dough, but it can certainly be left out or replaced with other flavor.)
Seductive Valentina’s biscuits
2 dl sugar
½ dl golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
50 g butter (at room temperature)
1.5 tsp baking powder
8 dl wheat flour
2 different sized heart shaped baking molds
red caramel color
Whip the eggs and sugar, add the syrup and soft butter. Mix baking powder with flour, and add to the dough. Lift the dough in the fridge for at least an hour.
Divide the dough into two parts. Colour approx. 1/3 of the dough with the red caramel color.
Roll out both doughs on a floured surface into two sheets. Take the first smaller-sized piece of the heart away from the light dough and paste a red piece of dough in its place (see Fig. below). Press lightly to hold the pattern in place. Remove the ready shape with a bigger mold and finally lift to the baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Bake the biscuits in 200 degree (celsius) oven for approx. 5-10 minutes. Time depends on the thickness of the biscuits.