Vincent Price’s Gingerbread makes for a sweet Valentine treat

Last Sunday was St Valentine’s Day and Vincent Price fans across the UK and the US joined together for another special online zoom event hosted by yours truly and Victoria Price.

We had a ball showing vintage TV shows, holding a trivia quiz (which proved very popular) and presenting some delicious food fare made especially for the occasion.

Wanting to bake some heart-shaped cookies (in honour of Vincent’s wonderful turn in Edward Scissorhands), I found a suitable recipe in Vincent’s 1969 Come Into the Kitchen Cook Book – Hard Gingerbread.

If you stick to the measurements, this makes a mammoth amount – so I halved everything and ended up with 48 medium-sized cookies. I also didn’t have a heart-shaped cutter, so I improvised but making one out of cardboard. I think it worked quite well.

Now, they did come out a little on the pale side (as I used maple syrup instead of molasses, which I could not find ), but dipping them in chocolate ganache was a sweet solution.

Next time, I will certainly seek out molasses or golden syrup and will up the amount of ginger – just for a little extra heat. A wonderful Valentine treat.

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