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Monday, 11 February 2019

Ready for Valentines Day? Raspberry Sugar Cookies

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I've said many times before on here, that Paul and I don't really do anything for Valentines Day.

We might end up cuddling up, watching a film, or making a nice dinner together, instead of just having the usual, but we don't buy gifts or do anything crazy just because it's February 14th.

However! I do always love an excuse to bake, and anything themed is always fun to do. So, bring on the ridiculous heart shaped, pink food stuff!

I have a cupboard in the kitchen that I like to keep stocked with essentials in case I feel like baking. Things like sugars, condensed milk, different chocolates, lots of flour...stuff like that. There are also a couple of bags of sprinkles and some candy canes left over from Christmas. I was having a clear out of this cupboard recently, just to make sure nothing was out of date, or anything that needed used up and I found that my freeze dried raspberries were reaching their best before date. Now, I know that doesn't mean they have to be used up right now, as they're freeze dried I'm sure they'll last forever. But! It was an excuse to bake something using them.

I had a little look online for inspiration, and I found a few people using them not just for the flavour, but for the colour too, and it gave me a great idea for Valentines day.

Of course, it had to be something heart shaped, so I went with sugar cookies. They are the tastiest little biscuits, and they always go down a treat with everyone. Instead of the usual royal icing, I thought cream cheese frosting would be a nice change. Cream cheese frosting and raspberries is one of my favourite combinations, and it does not disappoint in the recipe either!

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I stuck with my old faithful cookie recipe, you can find it here, here and here! 

For the frosting...

Ingredients:
75g of room temperature butter
125g of room temperature cream cheese
425g of icing sugar
4 table spoons of freeze dried raspberries (crushed into powder)

- whisk the butter until pale and fluffy, add in the cream cheese and continue to mix until combined.

- slowly add in the icing sugar and keep mixing until it is all incorporated and you have a smooth icing.

- separate in to four separate bowls, and add as much or as little raspberry powder as you like.

- spread the cream cheese frosting on your cookies, and enjoy!

I cannot explain how good these are! Freeze dried raspberries give you such strong flavour, a flavour you just wouldn't get from fresh, and it's a great balance with the sweet cream cheese frosting.

If you give these a go, let me know what you think of them...I'm away to have another!

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