Thursday, February 5

Valentine's Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

These pink biscuit sandwiches are a great Valentine-themed treat to whip up for your loved ones. Rich chocolate ganache and raspberry jam with a hint of Chambord, sandwiched between two crunchy sugar cookies. Delicious! But you will definitely need a plate!
(Makes 12)
For the cookies:
200g butter (softened)
200g caster sugar
1 egg
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Pink gel food colouring (enough to get the colour you would like)
400g  plain flour
For the filling:
113g dark chocolate
113g milk chocolate
230ml double cream
4 tablesopoons of raspberry jam
1 tablespoon of Chambord liquor

Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy
In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg with the vanilla essence and add, along with the salt, to the butter mix
Add dropped of food colouring until you get the shade of pink you want - bear in mind that it will fade when you bake it
Gradually fold in the flour until a dough forms then wrap in cling film and refrigerate for about an hour
When the dough has chilled, roll it out onto a floured surface until it's about a quarter of an inch thick
Using a round cutter, cut out your biscuits and place them on  lined tray
Chill the biscuits for about half an hour before baking for 16-20 minutes at 170C
Leave the baked biscuits on a rack to cool
To make the chocolate ganache filling: Chop the chocolate finely and place in a bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it just starts to boil then pour it over the chocolate, stirring until it has a smooth texture
Leave the ganache to cool a little and then cover and chill in the fridge for a few hours
For the jam filling: In a small bowl mix the jam and the Chambord and leave aside covered until the ganache is ready
Spoon the ganache into a piping bag with a large round tip and pipe a layer onto a biscuit. Pipe a second layer just around the edge and spoon a little jam into the centre, then place a second biscuit on top - the outline of ganache will stop the jam from oozing out the sandwich before eating.
Leave in a cool dry place for an hour or so before serving

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