Valentine Biscuits (1955)



The illustrative delights of Good Housekeeping’s Playtime Biscuits

Fit for your dream-beau, best friend or secret crush; these Valentine Biscuits are enough to make any heart melt. They’re taken from Good Housekeeping’s Biscuits and Cookies (1955); a pictorial booklet containing super-sweet recipes, playful illustrations and good advice…’you will never lack something to offer the casual visitor if you keep a stock of delicious home-made biscuits…’ . We couldn’t agree more. 


In 1955, the booklet sold at one shilling and sixpence




  • 6oz plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3oz margarine
  • 3oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  • Milk to mix 


  1. Sieve the flour and salt
  2. Cream the fat and sugar, and when light and fluffy, beat in the egg
  3. Add essence, stir in flour and mix to a stiff paste with milk
  4. Roll the dough out 1/8 thick on a lightly floured board, prick, and then using fancy cutters, shape into biscuits and put on a greased baking tin
  5. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10-15 minutes, til golden (these quantities make about 24 biscuits)
  6. Coat shapes with royal icing, and when hard, paint on simple designs in edible colouring


 The biscuit base can be whipped up in no time, perfect for a last minute bake-off. If time’s on your side, get experimental with coloured icing, silver balls or hundreds and thousands.

Pop hearts into a cute box, tie with a ribbon and… deliver to your Valentine!



Iced or plain, these biscuits make the sweetest gift













Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Iced or plain? What a question. Lashing of sugar every time. They remind me of the hearts Edward Scissorhands made at the beginning of the film. But they weren’t as pretty.

  2. I made these for my friend’s birthday yesterday and they looked so cute! I found that I had to add quite a bit more flour than the recipe suggested as the mixture was a bit too sticky to begin with. I used pink icing and decorated my hearts with little silver balls, they looked adorable and tasted yummy. A really lovely recipe, thank you! 🙂

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