What better time is there to start baking than for pun-filled opportunities like Valentine’s Day?
I baked these little cuties over the weekend and if I can do it, you can definitely do it. I’m not a bad baker per se, I just haven’t really gotten into the baking thang. Now that I’ve tried playing with fondant for the first time though, I think this will be the start of something regular. The possibilities of fun shaped edible treats… can’t even handle it!
One tip I can give you after this cooking session, is to pick up cookie cutter in a strawberry shape first. Lot’s of online shops sell them, I found quite a few on Etsy here. I was short on time so decided to sketch a strawberry design on paper and cut around it with a knife. It worked fine, but will just take you quite a bit longer and the finished result won’t be as perfect. Either way, I still think these babies turned out fine so if you’re short on time too, just trace around a paper template!
I went with a super simple cookie recipe:
- 230g butter, softened
- 110g caster sugar
- 275g plain flour
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Mix up the butter in a large bowl until it’s creamed and soft. Add the sugar and beat it up until it’s light and fluffy.
Sift in your flour + add any extra flavours if you want.
Mix it all together to form a dough, then use your hands to bring it all together properly.
Lay it out on a floured bench and roll to about a 5-8mm thick with a rolling pin.
Cut out your shapes with your cookie cutter (or cut around your paper template with a sharp knife)
Transfer to a greased oven tray, bake for around 10-13 mins or until nice and light golden brown, then cool them on a baking tray.
Betty Crocker eat your heart out yo.
For the fondant, I just picked up a pack of ready-made white fondant from the supermarket. So so easy! Knead it out, place on a sheet of baking paper, place another piece on top and roll it out with your rolling pin to be around 5mm thick.
Cut out the same strawberry shapes and place on top of your cookies if they’ve cooled. You can fasten them in place with some glucose syrup but mine stuck down quite well on their own.
Now to get your paint on!
Mix up some food coloring and water in a small bowl and paint on some layers with a clean paintbrush. I tested my colour on a scrap piece of fondant first.
At first it’ll look all spotty and random, but keep applying and it will soon smooth out nicely.
Use the end of your paintbrush to add some little dimples for the strawberry seeds
Then paint on your green layer and leave to harden.
For the happy little gift tag, I used my new ScanNCut machine which Brother kindly gave me to play with. This thing is a frickin life changer! If you’ve seen other posts on Craft Hunter, you’ll know I am partial to a bit of paper craft, but painstakingly cutting out intricate details is never fun for anyone so I’m SO excited for the possibilities now! Definitely one of the best toys ever. I can’t wait to start cutting my own designs into fabric too.
For this design I just used their in built letter shapes. On the little monitor screen, go “Pattern” then click the alphabet icon that you prefer.
Type out your words, re-size them and arrange them to be in the correct position for your paper on the cutting mat.
Pop your paper on the mat, press it down well, and press start on the cut and watch this bad boy work it’s magic.
As you can see below I like to fasten the edges with some extra tape but it’s mostly just because I’m anal, it should stay in place fine 99% of the time.
Then I just cut out the gift tag shape by hand around the letters.
For the little fabric basket, I just used a tea towel I had in my craft box. Chop it to be similar to the below size, doubled over. It really depends how big you want your basket, if you want it bigger than mine, leave the teatowel as is and just double it over.
You could use your sewing machine here but because it was only for quick use as a gift I just went with double sided tape. Stick the two long edges together to create a tube.
Fold the bottom up by around 7cm (or more if you’re doing a bigger basket)
Then fold in each corner like the below. Don’t worry it doesn’t need to meet perfectly in the middle.
Then fold down each point to meet in the centre. Fasten with more double sided tape (or sew with a few stitches by hand if you want it long lasting)
Then just start folding it down from the top. Hold the point where your two edges meet while folding down to help it all stay together.
Stuff your basket with some tissue paper and pop in your strawberries.
Add your gift tag with a bit of twine and you’re ready to give the cutest Valentine’s Day gift ever!