Valentines day is around the corner. Actually 2 days away to be exact! And since V-day this year clashes with Chinese New Year this year, I’ve been stuck in the kitchen baking like crazy as my family decided to have as much home baked CNY goodies as possible!
And that got me thinking, which are the recipes that you can create a twist so that you can use it on both CNY and V-day? After much consideration, I have decided to share this recipe that, with a little twist in design, can be used for both CNY and V-day!
And this is for people like me who don’t wanna buy flowers and chocolates and shit. What better then to make some awesome melt in your mouth cookies that melt his/her heart? Right right right??? So here it is! The end product!
Although the method of baking is easy, please be very careful for those who have never baked before!
So here goes!
Ingredients for this crazy melt in your mouth cookie include
350g of butter
80g of icing sugar
350g of plain flour
80g corn flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Decorations! It can be mini hearts or glazed cherries! I used cherries for CNY and hearts for Vday
This recipe makes about 144 cookies. So if you don’t need so much just cut the ingredients by half!
First, cream sugar and butter in a mixer until the butter mixture turns pale with fear (changes from butter yellow to whitish yellow). At this point, it is important to show your dominance and let the butter know who is the boss!
While butter and sugar is mixing, it should take about 8 to 12 mins depending on your mixer, sieve cornflour and flour together. Make sure they are happy and comfortable with each other since they are gonna be together from now till foreverrrr…
Some people might wanna skip this stage but don’t be lazy! There is a difference between sieved cookies and cookies that are not sieved! Remember you are either making this for the love of your life or for your family? What’s more, it will take only a minute! Get your little sister or brother to do it if you really must!
After butter mixture turns pale from the fear and violence of the mixer (this is how pale it has to be)
add vanilla extract and make sure it is fully incorporated into the butter mixture.
Add the sieved and happy cornflour-flour mixture into the mixing bowl with butter mix.
Using a spatula, mix them all up REAL good! You will know it is ready when the butter mixture tells the cornflour-flour mixture of all the horrors it has encountered and they all turn a little paler and stiffen up a little into one big mess.
Scoop the mixture into a piping bag (confession, I don’t know what is the piping head I am using, I found it buried deep in the box of baking nick nacks my mom has. But it looks like saw bent into a circle if that helps)
Get a baking tray and line with baking paper. Get proper baking sheets that will stay loyal to us humans, as they will release the cookies after baking. Those tracing paper “wannabe baking paper” has serious separation anxiety issues! They refuse to let the cookies go after baking and they do the “if I cant keep her, then no one can” stunt and destroys your cookies when you try to separate them after baking.
Pipe the now fearful mixture on the tray like so.
Don’t worry about the cookies expending so leave about, maybe a finger space between each cookie.
This picture shows the piping head a little. LOL. Hope this helps
Shower the cookies with love and tiny hearts to show them you still love them before putting them into the fridge for half an hour.
I bought the tiny hearts from phoonhuat a few weeks ago and a 200gm bag cost me less then S$3 I think. And YES it is TINY!!!!
MUST we really put it into the fridge?
The cold temperature is important for it to stay its shape in the oven. Since Singapore is such a moist and hot country, the cookies tend to melt into a little puddle in the oven. Unless you are baking in cold counties, feel free to leave it at the countertop for it to firm up a little!
After the loved cookies are nicely chilled and sleepy from the cold, pop it into the oven at 160 degree celsius for 20mins!
Leave it on a cooling rack. Don’t worry if it feels soft when it is hot. It should become harder once it cools.
And remember, this cookie melts in your month and is not the crunchy ones you dip in milk.
From start to finish, this takes about 1.5 hours to make and chill and bake.
Put the cookies into a nice container and WALA! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
That’s all for now, have fun and be careful of the oven!
PS: Thanks mummy for being my hands in this tutorial! XOXO
Love and Blessings,