1 For the biscuits: heat the oven to 190°C (170° fan) 375°F gas 5. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2 Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
3 Beat in the egg and almond extract, a little at a time, until well combined. Stir in the flour and mix to a dough.
4 Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1 cm|1/2" thick. Using heart shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
5 Bake the biscuits for 8-12 minutes, until pale golden. Leave on the baking tray for 5 minutes to firm up, then place on a wire rack to cool.
6 For the icing: sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
7 Carefully spread the icing on the biscuits and place a sugar flower on each biscuit before the icing sets.