Young love, ain’t it sweet? Whether your kid wants to surprise his special friend or hand out sweet treats to her classmates, these heart-shaped sugar cookies are the perfect way to have a little fun and get creative this Valentine’s Day.

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HEART-SHAPED SUGAR COOKIE SANDWICHES

Makes 12 sandwich cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp milk

Icing
140g butter, softened
280g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
A few drops pink food colouring

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric beater until light in colour. Add the egg and milk and beat to combine. Put your mixer on low speed and gradually add the flour. Beat until the mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for two hours.

To make the icing, place all the icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until light and fluffy. If you want to make two different colours, divide the icing in half and add the pink food colouring to the one half of the icing.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Sprinkle your counter surface with flour. Work with one ball of dough at a time keeping the other one in the fridge while you work. Move the dough around with a rolling pin and check underneath often to make sure it is not sticking. If the dough has warmed during rolling, place a cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into heart shapes and place at least 1.5cm apart on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake for seven to nine minutes or until the cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges. Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through the baking time.

Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack for five minutes before icing. Ice 12 cookies with a star nozzle and piping bag. Place the other set of cookies on top. Ice with more icing on top or dip in white chocolate and sprinkles for decoration. Alternatively, top with sliced strawberries.

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HOMEMADE VALENTINE’S COOKIES WITH A SWIPE OF YOUR RCS CARD

Sift, mix, bake and ice! You can pick up all the ingredients for these delicious sugar cookies by swiping your RCS Card at your local Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite or Spar. If you don’t have a card yet, don’t stress! The application process is really easy and the card offers 24- or 36-month budget plans, with up to 55 days interest free! Your RCS Card can also be used to get cash when you need it so apply today!