Improv Challenge February 2013 – Hearts and Flours

21 Feb

Kristen, from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, hosts the Improv Challenge each month. She gives you two ingredients and then you make up a new to your website recipe using the ingredients. That’s it! Then we all link up on her blog.

Hearts and Flours

Hearts and Flours

The Improv Challenge this month gives huge scope to do just about anything you want! As long as there is a heart shape somewhere and included some type of flour, the world’s your oyster!

My little helper

My little helper

It’s our half term holidays this week so I had my little helper with me in the kitchen. We made some simple shortbread style biscuits, and put some cocoa powder in the mix to make them chocolately. We cut them out in hearts and in other shapes, because when you’re 3 you have to try all the cutters in the box, and then the little helper decorated them with some icing. The icing is optional, you could top with some melted chocolate instead or leave them plain.

Chocolate shortbread hearts

Chocolate shortbread hearts

Here is the recipe:

Chocolate shortbread hearts (makes about 20 biscuits)


215g plain flour

35g cocoa powder

85g golden caster sugar

175g butter at room temperature


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, pulsing at first then letting the motor run more until a ball of dough forms. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out the dough to a quarter of an inch thick on a floured surface. Cut out the shapes with biscuit cutters then carefully transfer to a baking sheet covered with baking parchment, you might want to use a fish slice or pallette knife. Spread them out well as they will spread.
  3. Bake at 180C/160fan for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack (use a fish slice or pallette knife again) to continue cooling.
Easy method in the food processor

Easy method in the food processor

Cut out the shapes

Cut out the shapes

Cool on a wire rack

Cool on a wire rack

If you would like to ice them then mix 125g of icing sugar with 2 tablespoonfuls of water. You made need more water to make the consistancy runny enough to pour, but not so runny that it won’t stick to the biscuits. Ice how you see fit!!!

Icing by Evie, age 3

Icing by Evie, age 3


11 Responses to “Improv Challenge February 2013 – Hearts and Flours”

  1. Kristen February 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    What a cute little helper! That shortbread looks fantastic!

  2. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook February 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I don’t know what golden caster sugar is, but I ever find some, I’m making these! They look delicious.

    • bakingaitch February 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      It’s just unrefined caster sugar…normal white sugar works just fine.

  3. Amber February 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Love your heart-shaped shortbread cookies! They’re the perfect for a snack. And so cute (so is your little helper)! What a great idea for the Improv Challenge! Thanks for stopping by to check out my heart-shaped gingerbread cookies.

  4. lisabethjean February 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    yum! shortbread+chocolate+icing=♥!

  5. eilonwy February 22, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Chocolate shortbread… something there’s not enough of in my life, I think… sounds delicious!

  6. FoodBabbles February 22, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    Love shortbread and your chocolate hearts look so cute! I bet they taste amazing. Loved the pictures of your daughter helping and her finished cookies 🙂 Too cute! My middle daughter is 3 and loves helping in the kitchen too. Such fun!

  7. Cathy W February 22, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    So cute and I love your helper! 🙂

  8. Teri February 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    These are perfect for the challenge! They look great, and I know they taste wonderful because everything tastes better when made with a little helper!

  9. theninjabaker February 23, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I’m a newbie on the Improv baking block but I know a pretty and scrumptious cookie when I see one! Thanks for sharing your chocolate shortbreads =)

    P.s. Love the photos of your daughter.

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