Snowflake Cookies

3.1.14

BETTER GET THIS post in quick as there are only two days of Christmas left, feels like only yesterday when I started seeing the first signs of Christmas...back in September!?

Firstly, I have to apologise about this picture looking a little yellow, by the time I realised that the pic I had taken wasn't of the best quality, the biscuits were all munched up and I can't even blame family members for this, it was all me!

Going back to the actual topic, the story behind these biscuits started on the eve before Christmas. It was hilarious doing last minute food shopping on Christmas eve, Sainsbury's was packed full of people, completely rammed-I couldn't walk a few meters without literally bumping into someone. There was particular havoc around the vegetable sections where shoppers were being told that almost every supermarket was out of carrots, sprouts, parsnips etc and I'm not sure if it was just me but I did hear a hint of smugness from the workers, perhaps they were thinking "oh thank god, I was organised this year and I DID all of my food shopping on time" as they saw the fear in the shopper's eyes. I felt a little lucky too as the only thing I required carrots for was cake. I know what you're thinking, carrot cake at Christmas? It's because I don't like Christmas pudding and so instead I like to offer a table full of baked delights in support of the few others (okay, there's a total of 3, any excuse to bake though..) that are not keen on Christmas pudding. We, my little sis and I, scratched out the idea to bake carrot cake and agreed that the 7 other baked treats would be more than enough but then on the way to the till I noticed these snowflake cookie cutters and decided to bake biscuits too. I used the basic chocolate biscuits that have been shared on this blog before, my "fail-safe" biscuits as they turn out close to perfect almost every time. The advantage of these biscuits is that they can be adapted to suit any particular occasion and they were easily decorated to look Christmassy, all that was needed was a snowflake cutter, icing and anything that is red and edible. My piping skills are not particularly adequate but they turned out alright. Of course Christmas is now (almost) over but they can just be cut into circle shaped cookies and smothered in icing and indulged!

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2014 has treated you all well so far :)

Ingredients

For the biscuits:
75g Butter
75g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (good quality)
 250g plain (all purpose) flour

For the icing:
100g white chocolate
75ml double cream
75g full-fat cream cheese

Method

1. Line 2 baking trays with baking sheets and pre-heat oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4

2. In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and milk until well combined, gradually sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix together to form a soft dough, you can use your fingers to bring the dough together. If you find that the dough is still wet, sift in a little more flour. If you find the dough is too dry and difficult to form, add a little milk. 

3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, it needs to be around 6mm thick. Using a 5cm/2 inch crimped cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can. Re-roll the trimmings and cut out more cookies until all the dough has been used up.
5. Place the cookies on the prepared baking trays and heat for 10-12 minutes. 

6. Leave the cookies to cool and start on the chocolate icing.

7. For the icing, break the chocolate into a bowl. Heat the double cream in a pan, until hot (not boiling) and pour the hot cream over the white chocolate to melt it. Stir until melted and set aside to cool. Once cool, mix with cream cheese until smooth. It is then ready to be piped on to the biscuits. 





2 comments:

  1. Aww these looks so cute and yummy!
    Mafalda ❤
    www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

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  2. Yummo. These look super tasty.

    Do you use any photo editing software? You can really easily adjust the colour of your photo and zap all the yellow out of it. xx

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