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If you’re celebrating the arrival of a little one in your family or circle of friends soon, then you’ll want to make a note of Nila Holden’s sweet and simple recipe for these adorable cookies to celebrate the impending arrival!  They’re perfect for an expectant mama’s baby shower, and  I’m pretty sure any new parents would appreciate a visitor turning up with these cute home made goodies in hand.  One thing’s for sure, you’ll be entitled to extra newborn cuddles for sure!


Makes approx 15 medium sized cookies

  • 75g salted butter, cold from the fridge
  • 275g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 95g caster sugar
  • 1 small free range egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 170  c


Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and add the caster sugar. Grate the cold butter into the mixing bowl. The colder your butter, the easier this will be. Or you could just chop the butter into small cubes and add it to the bowl.

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients using your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Crack the egg into a seperate bowl to ensure you don’t get any rogue eggshell and beat. Add the golden syrup and vanilla essence to the beaten egg and mix together.

Make a well in the dry ingredients bowl and pour in the beaten egg, vanilla essence and golden syrup mixture. Combine together to form a dough. Try not to overwork the dough as this will result in tough cookies!

Place the dough in a plastic food bag.  Seal and flatten the dough ball to form a disc shape. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Remove dough from fridge and roll out onto a lightly floured surfac until about 5mm thick.

Using cookie cutters of your choice, cut out cookie shapes and then transfer to the lined baking sheet.

Lightly knead the off cuts and re-roll until all the dough is used up.

Bake the cookies for12 – 15 minutes until they are just cooked and before they start to turn golden brown. Remove the trays from the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before decorating.

Haven’t got time to bake? You can buy these, and other gorgeous designs by Nila, at



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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