225g softened butter
1tsp vanilla essence
340g self raising flour
pink or red food colouring (I use sugarflair gels)
Preheat the oven to 190°C. In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter together, once fluffy add the egg and vanilla and beat. Slowly mix in the flour, add a little food colouring and then get your hands in to help bring the dough together and distribute the colouring.
Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out the heart shapes before popping onto a baking tray.Make sure to leave a little space around each to allow for spread.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before moving onto wire cooling rack.