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February 16, 2016 / mintcustard

Silhouette shortbread biscuits.


This Valentine’s day our pudding was a simple bowl of strawberries and raspberries. However, I wanted to add a little something extra, a little crunch, so I decided to add a simple biscuit. This being Valentines day I had to include a heart or two, and silhouette biscuits are one way to do this. Simple, yet effective, as long as you have a small heart cutter and a little food colouring you can make these. Endlessly adaptable too, hearts could become flowers, numbers, initials and so on. Food colour could become a little cocoa powder, a crushed cardomom pod or some lemon zest.


  • 150g plain flour
  • 100g softened butter
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • Colour or flavour of your choice for half of the dough.
  • circular cutter
  • small inset cutter (shape of your choice)

How to

  • Preheat the oven to 160c
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Work in the flour, first with a wooden spoon and then with your hands.
  • Knead together until the dough becomes uniform and pliable.
  • Split the dough into two equal pieces. Add your colour or flavour to one half and work into the dough.
  • Leave to rest on the side for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out both doughs until the thickness of a two pound coin.
  • Stamp out circles, stamp out the shapes in the centre of the circles. Swap the shapes from one coloured or flavoured dough into the opposite circle.


  • Place on a baking tray and pop into the fridge for 10 minutes to set up a little before baking. This makes the imprint stay sharp when baked.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until just beginning to darken slightly.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.

Ideal as a gift, with tea or simply as little surprise in the biscuit tin.




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  1. The Culinary Jumble / Feb 16 2016 4:27 pm

    They are really pretty – I love pink!

  2. Clumsy Koi Carp / Feb 16 2016 4:37 pm

    These look so simple but so cute! Definitely think I’ll give these a try!
    Kate x

  3. Mercer Creative / Feb 16 2016 11:39 pm

    These look amazing! I love the vibrancy of the pink colour that you have achieved! 😀

    • mintcustard / Feb 17 2016 10:29 am

      A little colour paste rather than gel. The colours deepen on standing so go carefully!

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