Weddings really shine with a personal touch, so if you are looking for a wedding favour that doesn’t break the bank what better way than to make it yourself. Which is why when I saw these fabulous love heart cookies I thought how perfect they would be for a Bride de Force DIY video.

DIY LOVE HEART drawing

Super simple and really affordable they would make such a lovely touch to any wedding. They can also fill the combined roles of a wedding favour, place cards (with each of your guest’s name on) or instead of a table plan (make sure you lay them out in alphabetical order to avoid a long queue!).

DIY LOVE HEART rolling

So come and join me in my kitchen and see how I made them. I hope you enjoy this video and do let us know if you would like more videos like this one.

DIY LOVE HEART cookie

You will need:
325g plain flour
200g chilled butter (cut into small pieces)
125g Golden caster sugar
2tsp Vanilla extract
2 large free range egg yolks
Baking paper
Round cookie cutter (10cm)
Rolling pin
Ready to roll coloured icing
Heart shaped cookie cutter to fit within the 10cm round.
Icing sugar and water (as paste to stick the icing to the cookie).
Writing icing
Favour bags & ribbon

(Makes 12 cookies)

Making the cookies:

Step 1:
Tip the flour & butter into a food processor. Whizz the mixture until it’s the consistency of breadcrumbs.

Step 2:
Add the sugar, vanilla & egg yolks. Whizz into a dough.

Step 3:
Make the dough into a ball.

Step 4:
Roll out the dough (use a little flour to stop it sticking to the work surface).

Step 5:
Cut into round cookies and place on baking sheet.

Step 6:
Cook at 190 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

Step 7:
When golden place on wire rack to cool.

Decorating:

You will need:
Ready to roll coloured icing (I am using Renshaw’s pastel colours).
Rolling pin
Heart shaped cookie cutter to fit within the 10cm round.
Icing sugar and water (as paste to stick the icing to the cookie).
Writing icing

Step 1:
Roll out the ‘ready to roll’ icing (approx. 4mm thick).

Step 2:
Using the round cutter you used for the cookies, cut into round disks.

Step 3:
Using a paste of icing sugar and water add a little to the top of the cookie – to act like a glue.

Step 4:
Using the heart shaped cutter score a heart shape in the top of the cookie (do not push all the way through the icing).

Step 4:
Using the writing icing follow the heart guide mark to add the heart

Step 5:
Add your guest’s names to the inside of the heart

Step 6:
Leave to dry.

Step 7:
If they are favours to be taken away you can bag up the cookies. They also make great place names for your wedding reception tables. Ribbon to suit your colour scheme.

Notes/links to buy:

Ready to roll Icing: http://www.thevanillavalley.co.uk/ready-to-roll-icing.html (£1.13 for 250g bags, makes 6 tops)

Cookie cutters:
Hearts (£2.40 for a set of 6): http://www.thevanillavalley.co.uk/various-cutters/pme-heart-cutters-set-of-6.html
Round (£2.40 for a set of 6): http://www.thevanillavalley.co.uk/various-cutters/pme-round-cutters-set-of-6.html

Writing Icing: Tesco.

Bags (£2.45 for 50): http://www.thevanillavalley.co.uk/pme-candy-buttons/clear-favour-bags-50-piece.html

Love, Hannah x