Cinnamon heart cookies

Hand-cut heart-shaped cookies topped with cinnamon sugar

This morning I made Sasko’s “cinnamon hearts” from their cookbook, live on Expresso Breakfast Show on SABC3. Valentines Day is here, and it’s a great idea to give your loved one some home-baked treats rather than an expensive gift: I wrapped an old coffee tin with textured fabric and a red ribbon, and filled the tin with these cookies.

Enjoy this day of love whether you’re in a relationship or not – it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate with decadent treats!

Ingredients for the dough:

750 ml Sasko cake flour

15 ml baking powder

a pinch of salt

60 ml sugar

80 g butter, cubed

1 egg

125 ml milk

Ingredients for the filling:

50 g butter, melted

125 ml sugar

15 ml cinnamon


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the sugar and cubed butter. Rub in the butter until crumbly (or process in a food processor untill it resembles fine breadcrumbs).
  2. Whisk the egg and milk together, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix to form a dough, then knead for 5 minutes (the mixture looks very dry at first, but keep on kneading untill it becomes elastic).
  3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut our heart shapes with a knife or cookie cutter. Place on a lined baking tray, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (I mixed the sugar and cinnamon before sprinkling).
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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