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  • 130g softened butter
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 120g golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Generous pinch of salt


  • 300g fondant icing sugar
  • Pink and red food colouring
  • Icing pens to decorate
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C Fan. Line 3 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Measure the butter, sugar and syrup together in a large bowl. Whisk until fluffy using a hand whisk. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until the dough has come together. Knead on a floured work surface. Roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin . Cut out heart shapes using a cutter . Place on the baking sheets and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes . Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly golden around the edges . Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Measure the icing into a bowl . Add enough water to make a thick but still runny consistency . Divide between two  bowls . Add  red colouring to one and  pink colouring to the other . Spoon into two piping bags.  Pipe onto the heart biscuits making sure you cover the whole surface. Leave to set .  When set , pipe messages on top using Writing icing pens . Leave the icing  to set .
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