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photography Tiffany Mumford

Here’s a little project that was left over from our Everything Alice book (there just wasn’t enough room!) These Stained Glass Heart Cookie Pops are the perfect treat to make for someone special on Valentines day. This recipe makes around 20 cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

YOU WILL NEED
1-2 packs hard boiled sweets (simple fruit sweeties work well)
115g butter, softened
55g golden caster sugar
180g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp milk
2 heart shaped cookie cutters (one smaller than the other)
lollipop sticks
ribbons to decorate
Icing pens, most supermarkets sell these in little packs of 4 colours … they look like this

1. Pick out all the red and pink sweets from the packets. Place them in individual plastic bags and whack with a rolling pin till they are broken up into small pieces

2. Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Sift the flour into the mixture and add milk. Use your hands to mix everything together to form a ball.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/ gas 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

4. Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Remove from fridge and roll dough out onto a floured surface till it is about 5mm thick.

5. Use the larger of the two cookie cutters and cut out a heart shape. Use a cake slice or palette knife move the cookie shape to one of the baking trays. Place a lollipop stick underneath the cookie at the tip of the heart. Then use the smaller cutter to cut a heart shape in the center of the cookie. Repeat with all the cookie dough.

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(Hope this picture doesn’t confuse you too much it’s from when I was making Emerald City Cookie Pops for our other book Everything Oz. (They didn’t make it into that one either! but they are tasty.))

6. Fill the holes with some of the crushed sweets. Try not to leave any on the cookie dough as it will burn and turn brown.

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7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the biscuits are just golden. The sweets will melt as the cookies cook and form the glass window effect.  Allow to cool and make sure the sweets have rehardened before you transfer them to a wire rack.

8. When completely cool use the icing pens to decorate, leave the icing to harden then tie a ribbon and a gift tag around the stick with a special love note written inside.

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photography by Tiffany Mumford

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STICKERS! As I said on Tuesday the new issue of Marie Claire Runway has a sheet of free stickers inside for you to customise your cover, your phone, your stapler, a lampost,  your coffee cup or the person sitting next to you. It also has interviews, all the facts you need on the new Spring trends,  two quizzes, some pictures of dogs, and lots and lots of pictures of beautiful clothes. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do making it.

PARIS

from Marie Claire Runway out Feb 6

Donald Robertson is a man who is an actual marvel. Once Creative Director at Conde Nast America (launching  Marie Claire and redesigning Glamour). He is now the head of Creative Development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; a truly creative man. What I love the most about him is his instagram feed. It is a constant joy to me all day every day (he is a very prolific poster) full of his fashion illustrations, ideas from projects he is working on and his life in general.

If I write too much I will just get really gushy and soppy so I’ll let some of his pictures do the talking. (All images taken from Donalds instagram feed @donalddrawbertson (seriously, you must follow him))

He can make beautiful things from a few simple lines of marker pen and Gaffa tape.

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Or paint …ladiesHe has his own little creative projects, currently it’s drawing on nuts…prada nutsnuts2Don’t put anything down when you are round his house as he is likely to draw on it …donald sinksOr turn it in to something else …donald drawbertson bagHe’s funny …anna and graceand to top it off, he’s got really cute dogs …dog2 dog1and kids. babies

I had the fortune to collaborate with him on the new issue of Marie Claire Runway (out 6th of Feb) We spent a fun couple of days emailing back and forth to create four illustrations to depict all that is great and good about New York, London, Milan and Paris. Here’s a little sneak peak.

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We also worked together on the cover and in what is quite possibly the Most Exciting Thing I’ve Done In My Career So Far … STICKERS! Yup, we have a sheet of free fashion stickers inside the magazine … I’ll show you them on Thursday.