Easter Bake

As I've mentioned before I love to bake. It's not so good for the ever expanding waistline but that's another story. When my boys were younger they loved nothing better than to arrive home from school to warm cakes and buns.

I love to try new things and my kitchen is full of cook books, but unfortunately I've just baked one or two recipes form each book.

As it's Easter I though I'd share something I tried recently and hope it brings you as much pleasure as it did me and my family.

Preparation time: 30 min

Cooking time: 15 min

Yield: 16 giant rabbit double cookies

Ingredients

Cookie dough:

Chocolate filling:

Decoration (tail):

  • 400 g flour

  • 125 g sugar

  • 200 g butter, cold and diced

  • 1 egg

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 150 g dark chocolate

  • 100 g butter

  • 100 g confectioners’ sugar

  • pink cotton candy

  • some honey, icing or melted chocolate to attach the “tail” to the cookie

Directions
  1. Start preparing the cookies. In a medium mixing-bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a ball.

  2. Divide the dough in two or three, and gather each portion into a slightly flattened ball.

  3. Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll it out between two baking papers to a thickness of maximum 0,3 cm. Freeze for 30 minutes, or place on the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

  4. Use a giant rabbit cookie cutter (or a paper template) to cut out cookies, and transfer them on a prepared baking sheet. Freeze for another 15 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 350ºF and slip cookies into the oven to bake for 15 minutes, until just slightly browned at the edges. Transfer on a rack to cool completely, and keep in a tin box in a dry place

  6. Now we are going to prepare the chocolate filling. Melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously

  7. Add sugar, and stir until combined. Place chocolate cream (still hot, it it is too cold it will thicken too much) on a piping bag, cut the tip of the piping bag, and pipe filling into one cookie. Place another cookie on top, and press gently. Repeat with remaining cookies (you will probably have to wear cooking gloves to avoid burning your hands with hot chocolate filling). Allow to cool

  8. A couple of hours before consumption (cotton candy tends to shrink over time),

If you don't have a bunny cookie cutter just draw a rabbit freehand on some paper then place your dough on the paper and cut our around it.

Enjoy Denise

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