St Dwynwen’s Day Biscuit Heart Recipe

By Kathryn Slade Spelling Out Love

On January 25th Wales will be celebrating day of Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers.

I’ll be making iced biscuits to celebrate in the shape of a heart naturally and so I thought I would share the recipe with you so that you can enjoy some too!


  • 100g/3½oz unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 275g/10oz plain flour
  • 1 medium egg or milk to bind

For Decoration

  • 400g/14oz icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • 2-3 drops of pink food colouring


1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

2. Line your baking tray with greaseproof paper.

3.Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.

4.If you’re using an egg beat it in a jug and then add it to the butter and sugar mixture. Then mix in the flour until it comes together as a dough.

5. If you’re using milk, sift in the flour to the butter and sugar mixture and then add in a splash of milk as a time until the mixture comes together as a dough.

6. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough to around a 1cm thickness.

7. Cut your heart shape biscuits out with your cutters and place them onto the baking tray.

8. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until they are golden-brown.

9. Set aside for 5 minutes so they can harden and then leave them to cool completely on a wire rack.

10. To decorate, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and then add a little water at a time until you have created a nice smooth mixture. It’ll need to be thick enough that it’ll spread without running off the sides!

11. Stir in the food colouring a drop at a time until you get your desired valentine’s pink.

12. Carefully spread the icing onto the cool biscuits using a knife and then leave them to set.

We hope you’ll agree they are absolutely delicious and will look beautiful wrapped up in cellophane for your special someone!

There are lots of stories about Saint Dwynwen but this is one of my favourites.

Dwynwen is believed to have lived in Wales during the 5th century; she fell in love with a prince called Maelon who she was forbidden to marry as her father had arranged that she should marry someone else.

She prayed that God would help her to forget the prince that she loved and that night she was visited by an Angel who wiped him from her memory and turned him to ice.

God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen which she had to use wisely.  

Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second was for God to meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; her third was that she should never marry. All three of her wishes were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.

If this talk of love has made you dream of a romantic getaway why not book a romantic break at Bluestone. Enjoy a romantic country walk, dine out together with a candlelit dinner or relax together with a massage at the Well Spa Retreat.

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