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Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Cookies (Easy recipe, many variations!) – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Valentine's Day Cookies - Valentine's Day Cookies Recipe

THE Valentine's day Cookies they are gods Cookies heart-shaped perfect from serve and give for the February 14, the Valentine's day! They are made with one shortcrust pastry base soft and crumbly; once cooked, they are then stuffed of your choice with marmalade with raspberries or strawberries, Nutella, cream al pistachio… And finally coupled together to give life to Valentine's Day cookies in many variations of taste with only 1 dough! Not only beautiful is of great effect! but also super greedy!

Valentine's Day Cookies - Valentine's Day Cookies Recipe

It's about a Quick and easy recipe! The dough is the super proven shortcrust pastry, which you can do in a few minutes without difficulty; you can choose the classic base or shortcrust pastry with cocoa! For the realization of Valentine's Day biscuits, just use 2 heart-shaped molds, one bigger is one smaller with which to carve the cookies e derive the center from which the creamy heart will come out once assembled! You can stuff them with classic and spreadable creams that you like the most! in ingredients found all variants! Ideal for celebrate the most romantic day of the year, but also to pack and give as a gift for one special occasion, or enrich a buffet for children's parties!

Valentine's sweets:

Red Velvet (the original recipe for the red velvet cake!)

Cream Tart (the heart-shaped shortcrust pastry cake with printable shapes)

Tart with hearts (pastry base, filled with raspberry jam and lots of hearts on the surface)

Valentine's Day Cookies Recipe


Preparation Cooking Total


Quantity for 30 pieces

For the basic pastry:

  • 330 grams of flour '00 + 1 teaspoon for the pastry board
  • 165 gr of soft butter at room temperature (or 100 gr of sunflower oil)
  • 1 whole egg (medium size)
  • 2 egg yolks (small size)
  • 130 grams of granulated sugar
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or 1 sachet or the seeds of 1 berry)
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • Raspberry jam, strawberry or whatever you prefer (a few tablespoons of your choice)
  • Pistachio spread cream (a few tablespoons of your choice)
  • White chocolate cream (a few tablespoons of your choice)
  • Nutella and or white Nutkao (a few tablespoons of your choice)
  • Classic or Ruby pink chocolate ganache (a few spoons of your choice


How to make Valentine's Day Cookies

First of all, prepare the dough following the SHORT PASTRY recipe

After resting for half an hour in the fridge, spread out on a previously floured work surface to a thickness of 3 mm;

then cut some hearts and engrave the center on the middle with a smaller heart!

If you want this stencil you can buy it HERE

Transfer the heart-shaped cookies to a baking tray previously lined with baking paper:

how to make valentine's day cookies

Then recompose the leftover shortcrust rags, put in the fridge and make new cookies, in this way.

Put the prepared trays in the fridge 10 minutes before cooking, 1 tray at a time at 180 ° in the static oven for 12 minutes in the central part.

Finally Remove from the oven and unmold.

Let it cool completely before stuffing! You can use 1 tablespoon of cream or jam of your choice or use the pastry bag.

stuffing valentine's day cookiesMatch the pieces with the empty heart in the center on the base

and your are ready Valentine's day Cookies!

Valentine's day cookies - Valentine's day cookies recipe

Once filled, they can be stored at room temperature for 1 day and then placed in the fridge.

If you have not filled them, you can keep them in a cookie jar for 1 month at room temperature.


the original recipe step by step – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Carnival arancini - Carnival arancini recipe

The Carnival Arancini I'm a sweet leavened typical greedy Marche cuisine, which is prepared near the Carnival. It is about Brioche rolls flavored withOrange, hence the name "arancine“; ranging fried or baked in the oven ! From super soft texture, from taste and aroma delicious, they will make you fall in love at the first bite, adding them immediately to the menu of Shrove Tuesday together with Chiacchiere, Castagnole, Frittelle, Bomboloni! Let it bet?

Carnival arancini - Carnival arancini recipe

Like every traditional recipe exist small variations from family to family. What I give you today is there Original recipe of Arancini from Marche extracted from my regional cookbook. It's a very easy preparation , which will take you a short time, you can knead by hand, without a planetary mixer, the time to rise, roll out the dough then stuff with sugar is Orange peel finally wrap around and get some swivels just like Cinnamon rolls! A little more rest and I'm ready for cooking. According to tradition, they come fried in abundant oil; but you can easily make some Baked Carnival Arancini, just like mine! lighter, but equally greedy! Perfect for the Most colorful buffet of the year! but also for snacks simple for children and more e breakfasts tasty!


Preparation Cooking Total


Quantity for about 20 pieces
  • 300 grams of '0 flour
  • 1 teaspoon of dry yeast (or 8 g of fresh yeast)
  • 125 ml of milk
  • 50 g of sugar (+ 100 g for the dressing)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 30 gr of butter
  • 8 gr of salt
  • grated peel of 2 oranges (for the dressing)


How to make Carnival Arancini

First of all mix together the flour, sugar and dry yeast. If you are using the fresh one, dissolve 1 teaspoon of water.

Then add the milk, stir, then the egg. Finally, stir in the soft butter in small pieces. Knead by ironing the dough well. When it is smooth, add the salt, knead well again in order to obtain a homogeneous and elastic mixture.

dough for carnival arancini

Finally cover with cling film and let it rise for 3 – 5 hours, the time it triples its volume in a temperate environment at about 28 °.

Then turn the dough over on a work surface, roll it out with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 6 mm, forming a rectangle. Then add the sugar and the grated peel of the oranges:

roll out the dough and fill with sugar and orange peel - carnival arancini

Finally roll up starting from the wide part:

roll up the dough - Carnival arancini recipe

until you get a sausage. Use a double cotton thread to cross and form the swivel by cutting it directly to 1 cm of dough:

as formal the girelle (carnival arancini)

As you make them, arrange them in a baking tray previously lined with baking paper.

how to make carnival arancini 2

Finally let it rise for another 40 minutes at 28 °

bake carnival arancini in the oven

At this point you can fry in plenty of oil, directly cutting the square with the swivel and immersing it in boiling oil for about 2 minutes, it will come off a few seconds after immersion.

Or you can bake in a static oven, as in my case, at 180 degrees for about 18 minutes until golden brown!

Here are the A'sCarnival rancini!

Carnival Arancini

As soon as they are cold, immediately seal with a contact film to preserve the fragrance for the next 2 days!


the original recipe step by step (Chocolate kisses) – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Baci di Alassio - Baci di Alassio Recipe

THE Kisses of Alassio (Kisses of the Riviera) are gods treats chocolate delicious; typical of Ligurian pastry, especially the city of Alassio, from which they take their name! TO difference of Piedmontese Baci di dama, are made with a mixture based on egg whites, sugar, cocoa, hazelnuts, honey from which gods are derived shells, with the help of a sac à poche; that once baked in the oven, become the two halves from stuff with dark ganache, which gives life to typical kiss of Alassio! A unique delicacy: from semi soft texture, to crunchy strokes, caramelized from intense taste of chocolate!

Baci di Alassio - Baci di Alassio Recipe

Like any traditional recipe, they exist numerous versions and many small variations. What I give you today is there Original recipe of Baci di Alassio, given to me by a friend of Nervi. It is a preparation very easy! The dough it is done in a few minutes, gently mixing all the ingredients, from which you will get one soft base which goes into a pastry bag. According to tradition, one should be used star striped nozzle to make the shells. But depending on availability, you can also choose a nozzle smooth from which to derive of the tufts. It will be very simple and they go straight to cooking! You can also choose to stuff them and assemble them later! Perfect for tea time, one snack delicious, as a post dinner dessert! but also from to serve is give away for Valentine's Day, Christmas, special occasions! Try them and love them!

Discover also:

I Baci perugina (the very famous chocolates, homemade like the ones bought!)

Baci di Alessio recipe


Preparation Cooking Total


Quantity for 250 gr of product
  • 250 gr of hazelnuts to be reduced to powder
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 25 gr of bitter cocoa
  • 2 egg whites
  • 20 gr of honey
  • 70 gr of dark chocolate + 50 ml of fresh liquid cream (for the filling)


How to make the Baci di Alassio

First of all, pulverize the hazelnuts with the help of a mixer together with the sugar.

Then add the cocoa, mix with a wooden spatula.

Finally add the honey, mixing it with the mixture.

Finally, add the egg whites previously whipped with a pinch of salt, mixing the mixture with a spatula from bottom to top.

You will get a soft compound. Place it in a piping bag with a 1 cm star or round nozzle.

Then make 1 cm tufts on a baking sheet previously lined with parchment paper at a short distance from each other

how to make the Baci di Alassio

Bake in the oven at 180 ° in the central part for about 12 – 14 minutes, until your shells are cooked.

Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Meanwhile, bring the cream to a boil for 1 minute, remove from the heat, add the dark chocolate reduced into flakes, turn and let it melt completely.

Finally let it cool to room temperature. When used it must be creamy, neither solid nor liquid. If you want to compose the kisses immediately, make the filling at the beginning of the preparation.

Add a sprig of ganache on the base of a half shell, close with another half:

stuff the kisses of Alassio

Make all yours in this way Kisses of Alassio!

Baci di Alassio - Baci di Alassio Recipe -

They can be kept at room temperature for 1 day, then better place them in the fridge. However, serve at room temperature!


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