Forgotten that all important Valentine's Day present? This recipe should help sweeten things up!

Gingerbread cookies



1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Lightly grease baking tray.

2. Mix together the treacle, brown sugar, water and butter.

3. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices. Add to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

4. Roll dough .5cm (1/4 in) thick on a floured surface. Cut with floured heart shaped pastry cutter. Place about 5cm (2 in) apart on baking tray. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool and decorate with icing of your choice.