I've barely finished cleaning up the party streamers from my wee poppets birthday and Valentines day is already creeping up on us pretty quickly.
And ever since I met himself I panic around Valentines day . . . Every year!
Now this isn't because he's particularly hard to buy gifts for, I mean throw him a bar of chocolate, a copy of Rocky and he's a happy bunny. But us ladies like to make an effort, Right?
I like to give gifts that show I know a person or at least look like I've put a lot of thought into them but when it comes to cakes, himself isn't really overly fussed.
I mean like last year. I planned an indoor picnic. I had crusty bread, nice cheeses and meats and I baked some yummy cupcakes . . . which weren't touched.
Ok he ate one of them but I'd baked 12 so this year I really wanted a no-bake recipe that still had all the personality for himself on Valentines day.
I mean you want to give that special person in your life something, well personal and you want it to look like you've made tonnes of effort but sometimes you just don't have the time or energy.
You want something simple to whip up, not overly expensive (this is a big prerequisite for most things in our house) but pretty all the same.
And whats simpler and prettier than coating some yummy cookies with white chocolate and writing love notes to your loved one.
You can make these Love Note Cookies as soppy and as personal as you like, or if you fancy being a bit saucy you can write sexy notes to your other half.
I just went for the classics 'I Love You', 'Kiss Me' and some love hearts and you can see my writing skills have plenty of room for improvement (I really didn't realise writing with royal icing would be so difficult) but you can be as imaginative as you like.
So enjoy the first Valentines recipe of this week, there's a good couple still to come to feast your eyes on.
What do you like to bake for Valentines Day?
1 Packet of Golden Oreos or similar sandwich cookie
200g White Chocolate
Red Food Colouring (Gel not liquid)
Ready made Royal Icing
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
In a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, gently melt half of the white chocolate till smooth.
Taking one of the cookies, dip one half in the white chocolate then lay it chocolate side down on a fork and, using a spoon. cover the rest of the cookie in chocolate.
Gently tap the fork to get rid of any excess chocolate, then place the cookie on the baking tray,
Repeat this until all the chocolate has been used up.
Then melt the remaining white chocolate until smooth. Once smooth tint the chocolate to your desired shade using the food colouring and repeat the same dipping technique until all chocolate and cookies have been used up.
Allow all of the chocolate cookies to cool and once the chocolate has hardened completely you can mix up a little of your ready made Royal Icing per the instructions on the packaging.
Then, using an icing bag and writing nozzle. decorate your cookie with your little love notes of choice.
Allow the royal icing to dry overnight.