Valentine's day is a great time to get children busy in the kitchen. These Valentine's crinkle cookies are an easy, fun bake that kids will love.
Keyword: baking, cookies
Red/pink food colour
Mix the butter and sugar together
Add the butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Beat them together until they are light and fluffy using a hand held mixer or the paddle attachment of your freestanding mixer, or wooden spoons if you have neither of those.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract
Add the eggs. and vanilla extract and give everything a good mix.
Add the flour
Add the flour and mix it in until it has just combined.
Colour the cookie dough
Add some oven safe red or pink food colouring and mix it through the dough.
Cover the bowl and leave in the fridge for at least four hours, but preferably over night.
Make the Valentine's crinkle cookies
Preheat your oven to 180C/170C Fan/350F and line two or three baking trays with baking paper.
Put the icing sugar in a small bowl. Using a teaspoon spoon some cookie dough out and roll it into a ball. Roll it through the icing sugar until it is all coated in icing. Place each cookie ball on your baking tray leaving space in between for them to spread a bit.
Bake the Valentine's crinkle cookies
Bake the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes. They're ready when they have spread a little and formed the pretty crinkle pattern. They'll still be a little soft when they come out the oven but that's fine.
Leave them on the trays for a few minutes to cool before putting them on a wire rack to cool completely.
If the butter isn't soft, we normally blast it in the microwave for a few seconds before adding it to the bowl to make sure it mixes in properly.