These biscuits are a bit different to what we usually bake, as they have a filling, but are a nice change when baking with kids. My daughter loved pressing the fork down on the cookie dough before we baked them – she really got into it. The recipe does say to use peppermint essence in the filling – but I didn’t bother with that as I knew my kids wouldn’t appreciate it.
The biscuits are also egg free – a handy recipe to have if anyone has egg allergies.
I made these a while ago and used a book from the library. I thought that I had a picture of the cover to credit the author, but can’t find it! I’ll update my blog when the name comes to me.
Recipe and cakemum tips below.
- 100 g butter at room temperature
- 50 g castor sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 150 g self raising flour
- 50 g butter, at room temperature (I used unsalted)
- 100 g icing sugar
- A few drops peppermint essence
- A few drops pink and green food colouring (optional)
- For the biscuits: preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan).
- Put the sugar and butter in a bowl. Mix with either a mixer or a wooden spoon, until light and fluffy.
- Sift the cocoa powder and flour and mix together (with butter and sugar mixture) until smooth, squeezing with your hands when the dough becomes to stiff to stir.
- Take teaspoons of the dough, roll into 20 balls and put on ungreased baking sheets, leaving a little space in between to allow to spread during baking.
- Flatten the cookies slightly with the back of a fork, then bake for 10 minutes until they are slightly browned.
- Leave to cool on the baking sheets.
- For the filling: Beat together the butter and icing sugar (and peppermint essence if using), until smooth.
- Spoon half the mixture into a smaller bowl and if you like, add a few drops of green food colouring. Add a a little pink into the rest of the other bowl.
- Spread 5 of the cookies with the green filling and 5 with the pink filling and then top with the remaining cookies.
- They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Some @thecakemum observations/tips:
- When mixing the cookie dough, it may look like it will never come together but the heat of your hands will help it to form a dough.
- I did not use peppermint essence but am sure it would be tasty. You could also try other variations, orange essence would be nice with the chocolate biscuits – but use sparingly.
- I always line my baking tray with baking paper – saves washing the tray!
De aka thecakemum